Learn to Tie the Fly Fishing Nail Knot with The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, CO

If you’re just starting out with the excitement of fly fishing, the nail knot is one you should be familiar with before you head out to the water. This is most likely the knot you’ll want to use when attaching the leader to the fly as well as attaching the fly line to the backing. It’s called the nail knot since it can be tied with a nail. However, you may find it easier to use a small hollow tube like a straw, coffee stir stick, or outer part of a pen. With a little practice, this knot can be tied quickly so you’ll spend more time fishing and less time rigging your line. Take a look at the steps and illustrations below to learn how to tie the nail knot, and consider signing up for our introduction to fly fishing class to learn more from the experts at The Blue Quill Angler.

Step One for Tying the Fly Fishing Nail Knot

Place a nail, hollow tube, or other tool between the leader and fly line to be attached. Then, wrap the leader back towards the end of the fly line about 6 times.

Constructing a Fly Fishing Nail Knot - Step 1

Step Two for Tying the Fly Fishing Nail Knot

Pass the end of your leader back through the loops that were created in step one. Once the leader is through each of them, pull gently on both ends of the fly line and leader while trying not to have the loops cross each other. Carefully remove the nail or tool.

Constructing a Fly Fishing Nail Knot - Step 2

Step Three for Tying the Fly Fishing Nail Knot

Wet the now created nail knot and snug down by pulling both ends away from each other. Clip the excess line and leader close to the knot, and enjoy more fly fishing.

Constructing a Fly Fishing Nail Knot - Step 3