Forceps Knots – The Kreh Loop

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Using forceps to quickly tie a Kreh Loop Knot

Since the clinch knot is a direct line-to-fly connection, the line may impart some unnatural motion to the fly. If you prefer having the fly swing independently of the line, use a loop knot. The most natural loop knot to learn and fastest to tie using forceps is the Kreh Loop.

Forceps eliminate the poking, prodding, squinting and foul language usually involved in tying invisible tippet to a microscopic fly. After practicing a few times, adding tippet or swapping flies takes seconds instead of minutes. Given the apparent truth that to catch fish, the fly has to be on the water instead of in your hand, quicker knots equals streamside happiness.

Required Tools:

Forceps or needle nose pliers

This knot is quick! You can do this in seconds!

Step 1 : Make an overhand knot and thread
Make an overhand knot and thread
Step 2 :Run the tag end back through the overhand knot
Run the tag end back through the overhand knot
Step 3 : Insert the forceps into the overhand knot
Insert the forceps into the overhand knot
Step 4 : Twist the forceps
Twist the forceps four or five times to wrap the tag end around the running line
Twist the forceps four or five times to wrap the tag end around the running line
Step 5 - Pull the tag end
This looks like a mess, but it will work. Grab the tag end with forceps and pull back through. Massage the knot down while pulling
This looks like a mess, but it will work. Grab the tag end with forceps and pull back through. Massage the knot down while pulling
Step 6 - Form the knot
Pull gently on both ends to close the overhand knot. Wet and cinch down. You can adjust the size of the loop with a little practice
Pull gently on both ends to close the overhand knot. Wet and cinch down. You can adjust the size of the loop with a little practice
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