How to master basic Rigging and Knots - Pt. 1 The Arbor Knot

How to master basic Rigging and Knots - Pt. 1 The Arbor Knot

Sunday 10th November 2013

Before rigging your fly line you want to choose a line that either floats, or sinks. Your local fly fishing store can help you determine the line that’s most suitable for your needs. 

In order to rig a fly line start by preparing. Whenever rigging a fishing line you need to select the right knot and apply it to the right part of your fishing line. 

Today, we look at part 1 of 6 in series of fishing articles on mastering basic Fly Fishing rigging and knots. 

However, before you begin ensure that you lubricate your knots with water before tightening. In our experience, it pays to draw them nice and tight, and trim the ends to close your knot. 

Fly Fishing Knots

  • Arbor Knot
  • Albright Knot
  • Nail Knot
  • Surgeon’s Knot
  • Improved Clinch Knot

What is the Arbor Knot?

The Arbor Knot, as seen from the illustration above, is used for connecting your backing to the fly reel.

Your backing is just a length of braided/gelspun line, at the base, around your reel. It can provide additional line for fighting heavy/hard fighting fish.

How do I tie an Arbor Knot?

As you can see from the image above, this knot is used to tie your backing to your spool. Our team recommends the following method for tying your arbor knot:

  • Tie overhand knot on backing and tighten it
  • Insert this knotted end between the reel foot and the central post of your fishing reel to which the fishing line is attached
  • Circle the arbor, and pull the knotted end out, so that it’s next to the standard part of the backing
  • Tie another overhand knot around the standing part of your backing
  • Whilst holding your reel, pull the standing part of your packing, keeping the knots against your arbor
  • Wind the backing onto your reel. Feed the line from the guide on the rod to the bottom of the reel. Ensure you’re winding in the right direction.
  • Ensure your line is tight across the layers of your backing
  • Finally, attach your line to the backing and wind it onto your spool using your albright knot (we cover this next week)

Glossary of Key Terms to Understand

Backing: a length of braided/gelspun line, at the base, around your reel

Arbor: the central post of a fishing reel to which fishing line is attached

Overhand Knot: the overhand knot is one of the most is often used to prevent the end of a rope from unraveling and forms the basis for many other knots

Fishing Knots & Rigging Continued....

Next week, we will look at the Albright Knot and how this knot can be utilised when rigging a basic fly fishing line. 

Are you new to fly fishing? Are there any key terms that you are confused with? 

In our experience, it’s best to just go to your local fly fishing store and get advice from your friendly fly fishing professional. 

If you have any questions regarding this knot, or want to learn more about Fjord, and what we can offer, get in contact with us today!

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