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Knots to know when fly-fishing for pike

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Knots to know when fly-fishing for pike

Instructions for the paired uni-knot, non-slip mono loop and more

Fly fishing for the toothiest gamefish in Canadian waters requires a bite tippet—a stretch of tough material at the end of the leader to prevent bite-offs. My choice for a bite tippet is tieable wire, such as Surflon Micro Supreme, Rio’s Powerflex Wire Bite Tippet, Cortland Toothy Critter and TyGer Leader. This plastic coated wire is strong, thin and supple enough that you can tie standard fishing knots. Here are the knots you need.

CONNECT LEADER TO WIRE BITE TIPPET

Paired (or double) uni-knots

Knots

Double uni-knot: Animated instrucitons

Double- and triple-surgeon’s knot

CONNECT WIRE TO FLY

Non-slip mono loop

Homer Rhodes knot

CONNECT WIRE TO SNAP

Uni-knot

Clinch knot  (not the “improved” version—the standard clinch holds better with wire)

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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