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I've been tying loop knots on all my flies. Are there some flies that seasoned fly fishers do not do this with? I mostly use Crappie Candy flies, and a foam fly I just call a bream bug. I rarely use a fly with a hook size of less than a size 10 unless it is the rare times I am fly fishing for stream trout. I mostly fish the coastal plain area.
I just watched a video on tying a Davy knot. It looks very easy to tie, especially with someone who has arthritis, and stiff hands, but it isn't a loop knot.
 

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I just tried it with a thin rope and an eye-bolt.
Incredibly simple and looks/feels strong. The animated site says 90% strength is a safe estimate.
Sometimes I'm in a hurry - and this one is quick to tie.
Thanks for pointing it out.

Plus Fishin',
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When streamer fishing I often use a black dual locking snap rather than a loop knot. Creates the same free-swinging effect as a loop knot and much easier to change out flies. If the fish can see it, I'm convinced they pretty much don't care if it's more visible than the mono or fluoro it's tied to.
 

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I normally only us a loop on weighted streamers such as coneheads and clousers. I like the Duncan as it allows for adjustment of loop size when finished.

I use the Davy (basically a figure 8 knot) on real small flies (<size 18) with light tippets like 7X as the knot offers a much smaller profile than some of the alternatives.
 

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Awesome info here guys. I'll have to look up the Duncan knot. Can't remember the name of the knot I tie, but I have had probs with the size of the loop I want.
 

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Just checked on the Duncan. If I can remember how to tie it, it is much easier for me to tie, compared to the loop knot I'm tying now.
 

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Here's a video for the Davy knot. It shows the use of hackle pliers for a faster easier tie.
Like RouseD mentioned in his original post I unfortunately am also close friends with "ART". My hands are the first to go and last to come back. Holding the tag end is my achilles heal so using hackle pliers is a great idea. Mine are pregnant so I will need to get a pair like on the video.

Thanks Mic.
 

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Thanks Richard. I picked up on a lot of things in this article that will help me greatly.
 
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