Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fly Fishing Knots - Duncan Loop

The next knot in the Knot Tying Refresher is the Duncan Loop. The Duncan Loop is my favorite knot of all. Not that I’m a knot nut, or an entomology freak, but there are aspects of fly fishing that make the experience a memorable one. Hard to believe any of that has anything to do with a FISHING KNOT! It doesn’t. The Duncan Loop is the most used knot in my fly fishing arsenal and the most useful. Learning this knot will make you a better fly fisher.

Application: The Duncan Loop, sometimes called the Uni Knot can be used for tying a fly to a leader/tippet and for tying a section of tippet to the hook shank for multiple fly nymph rig. It is also useful for any fishing application that needs a knot that is adjustable.

Tip: With any knot, it’s always best to lubricate the knot/loop with saliva or water, then pull tight, and trim close. Tightening a knot without moisture can cause the monofilament to burn making the knot weaker.
*Weak Knots=Lost Fish.

Step 1: Make a loop with the line leaving approximately 4 inches.

Step 2: While holding the loop make a bend in the running end of the line and hold them both together.

Step 3: Take the tag end of the line and wrap the line around the running line and through the loop 3 to 4 times. *This knot/loop will slide along the running end of the line allowing you to cinch or loosen the loop as needed.*

Step 4: Lubricate the knot/loop with saliva or water, pull tight, and trim close.

Tomorrows Knot: Double Surgeons Knot


  1. Great section on the knots, unfortunately I'm going to have to print these out because by the time I get on the river I'm going to forget! ha.

  2. Thanks for the post. Printing them out is a good idea. What I did was use some cheap 20 lb test monofilament and tie knots while watching football. Have a good one!

  3. Hey Darin. The Duncan Loop. Changed from the old fishermans Knot to the Duncan Loop when I started fly fishing. An easy knot to tie.