How to tie the Davy Knot. The Davy Knot is attributed to Davy Wotton, a British Fly Fishing pro. The positive aspects of this knot are in speed, size and strength - all great attributes for a fishing knot. Once learned, the Davy Knot can be tied very quickly which gets you back to fishing in a minimal amount of time. It is also a very compact knot making it a nice knot for small flies and various tests rate it between 85 to 100 percent of line strength, with 90% probably a safe assumption. The Davy Knot should be in every fly fisher's arsenal of knots! The Davy Knot is one of 12 great fishing knots included on the Pro-Knot Fly Fishing Knot Cards (click to see).
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Davy Knot Tying Instructions
- Thread 3 to 4 inches of leader (or tippet) through the hook eye.
- Loosely form a simple overhand knot ahead of the hook.
- Bring the tag end back through the loop making sure to pass between the overhand knot and the hook itself.
- Tighten the knot by pulling first on the tag end to draw up the knot, then on the main line to set the knot.