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How to Tie a Perfection Loop

The Perfection Loop Knot is popular for its slim profile and how it allows quick leader changes with a loop to loop connection.

how to tie a perfection loop knot
Here’s a perfection loop I tied in 30lb mono.

After a bit of practice, you’ll find that the perfection knot one of the quickest loop knots around. It’s a popular fly fishing loop knot so make sure you know how to tie it before you go after those big trout and steelhead.

Use this guide to learn how to tie a loop in fishing line, the perfection knot way!

How to Tie a Perfection Loop

Here’s a step-by-step guide to tying a perfection loop:

  1. Grab your line with both hands and push them together so you form a loop. The tag end should be on the backside of the loop.
  2. Pull the tag end around the front of the loop and pinch it with your index and thumb. Now you should have two loops, the original back loop, and a new front loop.
  3. Take the tag end and wrap it one more time around the back of both loops and then place the line between both the first and second loop. I like to hold the tag end by using my middle finger against the top of my index finger.
  4. To complete the perfection loop knot, you’ll need to push the front loop through the back loop. Use your index finger to pull the loop and start cinching down your knot.
  5. Before you fully cinch it down, get it moist with water or saliva.
  6. Complete your perfection loop by pulling the loop and the mainline, letting the tag end free to move.
  7. Clip the tag end and you’re set. Congrats on creating a perfection loop knot!

Strength

In some tests, it was shown to hold up to nearly 95% strength. Just remember that there are many variables that has to go right for this to work including a great knot tie, quality materials of line, and more.

Tips

  • Many of the online animations make the perfection loop knot overly complicated. After you pinch your first loop, I think about it as clockwise loop, clockwise one more time to create the sandwich of loops, pull the front loop through the back, and you’re done.
  • When you pull the perfection loop the cinch it down, leave the tag end free so it can lock in place. The tag should be perpendicular to the mainline to know it’s fully locked.
  • This is not a knot that can be untied easily. It’s better to cut and retie if necessary.
  • Prior to cinching down the perfection loop knot, select the size of the loop you want by using one hand to open the loop and the other to hold the mainline.
  • Make sure the tag end is in the rear and pointing to the right when you make this knot.

Uses

  • This is the primary knot for creating a loop to loop connection.
  • It’s a popular fly knot. If you’re getting serious about fly fishing, then this is a fly line loop knot that’s mandatory for you to know.
  • You can use it with both monofilament and fluorocarbon.
  • You can use the perfection fly loop knot for lures and for attaching your fly or lure to your line. These types of connections allow for a more lifelike movement in the water.

Advantages

  • The perfection loop knot is a quick knot to tie.
  • If you’re looking to learn how to tie a loop knot, this is one of the easiest to learn first.
  • It works great in both fresh and saltwater.

Disadvantages

  • There aren’t many advantages to using this knot. Although it’s not the strongest, it has its place for any light to medium line uses.
  • It’s not a knot that should be untied. It’s always better to retie a perfection knot.

Alternatives

  • Bimini Twist
  • King Sling
  • Dropper Loop
  • Kreh Loop
  • Nail Knot
  • Rapala Knot
  • Figure 8 Loop

FAQs

Q: How do you do a perfection loop?

A: The easiest way to tie this knot is to create a loop then wrap the tag end counterclockwise around it once then again, but placing the second wrap between the two formed loops. Pull the front hoop through the back and pull tight after moistening the line.

Q: How do you tie a loop knot for fishing?

A: There are many options available from the surgeon’s loop to the perfection loop.

Q: What is the strongest loop knot for fishing?

A: We believe one of the strongest out there is the six-turn surgeon’s loop.


The Anglers Behind This Article:

Jon Stenstrom
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