How to tie a Improved Turle Knot

Also known as the Turtle Knot, and Major Turle’s Knot, it is simplicity itself to tie, but is one of the weakest knots. It should never be used for light lines, and there are better knots for use with heavy ones. Exclusively for flies on hooks with up-turned or down-turned eyes, this simple but strong knot will keep the head of the fly in line with the cast, giving a more effective fly presentation.

How to tie a Improved Turle Knot

  1. Pass the end of the tippet through the eye of the hook and make two simple loops.
  2. Carry the end of the tippet on and make an overhand knot around both loops.
  3. Pass both loops over the hook, moisten and then use both parts of the tippet to draw the knot tight, snug against the eye of the hook.
  4. Trim off the tag end.

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Knot Tying Terminology

  • Butt: The thick part of the leader. The butt of a leader is attached to the fishing line.
  • Tag or Tag End: The working end, the part of the line where the knot is tied.
  • Standing Part: The main part of the line that is fixed and under tension. Such as the part of line that is on the reel.
  • Standing End: The short area at the end of the standing part of the line.
  • Working End: The part of the line used actively in tying a knot. The opposite of the standing end.
  • End: A loop is a closed curved line, formed by bringing the tag end back and alongside the standing part, or a knot that creates a loop.
  • Tippet: The end of a leader to which the lure is attached. The tippet can be the end of a leader or an added line to the end of a leader.
  • Turns or Wraps: A turn or wrap is one complete revolution of line around another.
  • Overhand Knot: The foundation for many other knots. (A Granny Knot before it is pulled tight)