How to tie a leaf knot

Hello fishing fans, it’s Debbie Hanson for So you’ve learned a lot about fly fishing and are excited to head to a local lake or pond near you and catch bluegill or bass on your fly rod. But what is the first thing you have to do when you have a brand new fly reel?

Well, you need to tie your fly line onto your fly reel and you can use a thorn knot to do this. It’s actually a very easy knot to learn, it only takes two overhand knots and I’m going to show you how to do it now.

1. Take the label end of your fly line or fly string spine and loop it around the arbor of your roll, making sure to bring it under the post on the bottom of the roll.

2. Tie your overhand knot and then tie a stopper knot into the end of your label and that’s just an overhand knot at the end. This will prevent your knot from slipping off.

3. Pull the first knot against the arbor and pull tight so that the stopper knot catches it and prevents it from slipping. You will cut off the end of the tag and then start winding your fly line back onto your reel.

That’s it, that’s all you gotta do Tight lines and happy fishing from

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, advocate of sport fishing for women, IGFA world record holder and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.

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