Tom Keiter: Hi! I am Tom Keiter with Take Me Fishing. Today we are going to talk about knots. Tying a good knot is a critical link between your fishing line and your lure and it's where puts your catch in the net. Today we are going to learn to try the surgeon's knot. The surgeon's knot is really easy to tie, test out about a 100% breaking strength and it's used for connecting two lines of the similar diameters. To tie a surgeon's knot start by laying the line and the leader on top of each other, overlap them by several inches. Then use both lines to form a loop with enough overlap to tie a double overhand knob and then pull the tag end and the standing line of the leader through the loop. Then repeat that step.
Moisten the knot with some of your saliva or water and pull tightly to seat. At this point you can trim the tag ends close to the knot or you can leave them long and attach a fly as a dropper rig. If you are fishing in area that has a lot of vegetation, you might want to leave them long, because that way they will gather the weeds and keep them from falling on your lure. Either way the knot is complete, it's time to go fishing.