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Non-Slip Loop Knots


There are four basic considerations regarding fly pattern design and presentation; size, color, shape and behavior.  Of these four, behavior is two fold.  Behavior governs the types of materials used in the pattern.  For instance, leeches and damselflies natural swimming motion dictates the choice of animated materials such as marabou and rabbit fur to suggest movement.  Perhaps most import key behavior is the presentation technique or retrieve that the fly fisher uses to bring the pattern to life.  The knot chosen to attach pattern to tippet plays an important role in this equation.  


For the majority of my presentations I favor the Non-Slip Loop knot.  Unlike other loop knots such as the Duncan Loop the Non-Slip Loop knot does not close tight when a fish strikes.  The Non Slip Loop knot is a durable tough knot that allows the fly to swing freely during the retrieve and is ideal for chironomids, mayfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs and leeches.  Under tough conditions the added swagger a Non-Slip Loop knot provides spells the difference between success and failure.  As an added bonus I have also noticed less fouling of long marabou tails when using Non Slip Loop knots.  Perhaps during the cast the fly moves more freely and subsequently stays out of trouble. 


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