How to Tie a Loop to Loop Knot

If you want to start fly fishing on the right foot, you need to learn how to tie a loop knot. There is a reason why most fly fishing lines come with a loop-to-loop connection. 

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to tie a loop to loop knot.

Loop to Loop Knot Tying Instructions

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Step 1

Pass the loop on the fly line to one on the leader.

Step 2

Run the end of the leader through the loop on the end of the fly line.

Step 3

Pull the fly line and the leader in different directions. The loops should slide together and form a loop connection that looks like a knot shaped like a square. This step will complete the loop-to-loop knot. 

Use this fishing loop knot as a loop knot for lures or loop knot fishing in general. Just make sure the connections are tied firmly, or the loop connection may come undone.

And that’s how you make a loop-to-loop connection!

How to Make a Perfection Loop 

In case you’re wondering how to make a perfection loop, we’ve created a step-by-step guide for you!

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Step 1

Make a loop at the end of the fly line.

Step 2

Make a second loop and lay it over the first one making sure that the tag end is under the standing end. 

Step 3

Pass the tag end of the line through the loops and pull the top one through the one at the bottom.

Step 4

One of the best tips you can use is to moisten the line to strengthen it and tighten by pulling on the standing end and the new loop. Trim the excess line to close the loop knot or perfection loop. 

It comes in pretty handy if you want to join the leader to the fly line, which makes it the perfect lure knot and one of the best fly fishing knots you can use. If you don’t know how to make one, you should start by learning how to make the Perfection loop knot.

Loop to Loop Connection Advantages

  • A loop-to-loop connection can keep a jig hanging free naturally. 
  • It can be used to connect a leader to a fly line via the perfection loop easily.
  • Ideal for a braided line connection. 

Loop to Loop Connection Disadvantages

  • The loop-to-loop connection can weaken if these knots are not tied properly.
  • It is not as strong as other fly-fishing knots. 
  • Breaks mono faster than other knots. 

Knots to Know

  • Perfection Loop

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which one is the strongest out of the loop knots?

A: The Orvis knot. It is considered to be 20% to 30% stronger than the famous Clinch knot.

Q: What is the best loop knot for a lure?

A: The Rapala knot is the best out of the fly fishing knots since it doesn’t slip and can be connected directly to the lure. 

Q: Why should we use loops in fly fishing?

A: Fly fishing knots that have loops can give large flies that represent insects more natural movement in the water if they are attached to your tippet or leader. Loops offer a smooth rather than a rigid connection that can restrict the movement of the fly, and tying them is easy as well. You can also tie these in rope. 

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing enthusiast. He has over 25 years of fishing experience, and 6 years of spearfishing experience, and is currently learning how to boat. Jon has his Open Water PADI Certification and FII Freediver Level 1 Certification. Jon has traveled the world to fish and dive, most notably in the Great Barrier Reef, Baja Mexico, Thailand, and Malaysia. More Articles
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