Knot of the Month – Homer’s Knot (Tippet to Fly)

404From the May/June 2014 Newsletter

The Homer’s knot is named for one of the godfathers of sportfishing, Homer Circle. It has been attributed to Lefty Kreh who evolved it during a series of tests to create a strong loop knot. It was then incorporated into the book “Practical Fishing Knots” which Lefty co-authored with Mark Sosin. Accordingly it is quite often known as Lefty Kreh’s Loop Knot, or sometimes the Non-slip Mono Knot. This knot makes a very strong fixed loop in the end of the line. Because the loop doesn’t grip the lure, it makes a flexible attachment and allows a more natural action for the fly, especially effective for streamers and nymphs.

Pros: Relatively easy to tie; Typically 90-95% of line strength; Loop allows a more natural line fly action

Cons: Uses a larger amount of leader than Clinch knot, about 4-6 inches

Step 1: Pass the tag end through the eye and tie a loose overhand knot over the standing line. [An alternative version is to tie a loose overhand knot in the line first, and pass the tag end through the eye and then through the knot – the remaining steps are the same]

Step 2: Wrap the tag end around the standing end about five times

Step 3: Pass the tag end back through the overhand knot.

Step 4: Lubricate the knot and pull the standing line and hook until the loop around the hook eye is the desired size, then pull the tag end and standing line to tighten the knot, and trim the end.