Some Tips For Tying Fly Fishing Knots
First of all, before you begin to put the line on your reel, figure out the amount of backing that you will need by looking at the reel instructions. Some fly lines can be longer than others and some may lower the capacity of the reel due to the size of the belly. A basic guideline to remember is that less backing is needed for reels that have Double Taper, or DT, fly lines. Weight Forward, or WF lines, have a tendency to need more backing. This is due to the fact that a DT line is larger in the belly than a Weight Forward line. Depending on where you purchase the reel, some manufacturers will set the reel up with backing and assemble all of the connections for you. However, if you are the one that is rigging the reel, the following information will help you do so.
It is important that you assemble your gear properly, and a good way to start is to lay out all of the components on an open surface with good lighting. Keep in mind that you will need some nail clippers as well. To initially practice tying fly fishing knots, you will need some old fly line and a leader. Another thing to keep in mind is that new reels are designed for left-handed retrieval, so depending on which side you reel from, you may have to change the way that it is set up. Simple instructions for this can be found in the box that your reel comes in.
In order to see a visual demonstration of how to tie some of the knots that are popular among experience fly fishers, visit the link below.