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New Fly Guy - The Newfoundland/Portland/Riffle hitch knot

Occasional contributor, Patrick Taylor, sent me a good tip that I wanted to share with you so you can see how it works this weekend right along with me.

The hitch knot goes by a number of different names -- "Newfoundland hitch", "Riffling hitch" or "Portland hitch" and was invented for salmon fishing. The purpose of the knot is to make your tippet extend from your fly in a perpendicular direction. Using a traditional knot, the tippet is attached to the eye of the hook and runs directly away from the fly. By making the line come out directly to the side, the fly kicks off a "V" pattern when fished from the side that mimics a distressed, small fish. Bang! ... Or that's what I hope

According to Patrick, using this knot on a pattern like the muddler minnow is a real killer.  The basic technique is simple. After tying this knot, you throw it at a 30-45° angle downstream and let the current in the water carry the fly to its natural conclusion. During this drift, you do not strip the fly in, use the natural action induced by the current. As the fly sinks, raise your rod tip slightly to bring it back to the surface to produce the gentle "V" wake. Do not use it on a fly that is weighted like a beadhead.

You need to be aware of where you stand in relation to your fly. The hitch needs to come off the fly pointing back towards you to work properly. The links below a few ways to tie the knot.  It's pretty basic - just a few half hitches.

I'll update this post next week and let you know how it works on the smallies. I've got a muddler and a small popper I'll try out using this knot.

One version of the hitch knot: Instructions

Another version of the hitch knot: Instructions

Yet another: Instructions

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