Master the Orvis Knot

Use this knot for tying small flies to light leader tippets, or spinning lures to light- or medium-size nylon monofilaments. It is usually 20 to 30 percent stronger than the popular improved clinch.

Step 1 Extend 6 to 8 inches of line through the hook eye. Form a large loop with the tag end on the far side of the standing line.

Step 2 Form a second loop by bringing the tag end around the standing line and back underneath and through the first loop.

Step 3 Bend the tag end to the right and make two turns around the second loop. These turns must start from the far side of the second loop.

Step 4 To tighten the knot, first pull in opposite directions on both the hook and the tag end. Then pull on the standing line to bring the knot firmly against the hook eye.