The perfection loop knot, often called the angler’s loop knot, is an essential tool in the arsenal of any fly fisherman. This knot is ideal for creating a loop perfectly aligned with the standing end of your leader or tippet. Th e loop can then easily be attached to a lure, a fly, or your fly line.
Although it’s designed to be easy to tie, mastering the perfection loop knot might take a bit of practice. Even I struggled initially, but after tying it daily on Seychelles’ flats for three years, I can now do it in mere seconds. As with anything in fly fishing, practice makes perfect.
The perfection loop knot can be slightly more challenging when incorporating a lure or fly, but there’s no need to fret. I’ll guide you through all the steps.
How To Tie The Perfection Loop Knot (Angler’s Loop)
We’ll start with how to tie the perfection loop knot without a lure to form a loop. We’ll then move on to incorporating a lure.
Begin by taking the tag end of your leader line and pushing it behind the standing end to create the first loop. This shouldn’t be too small, and you’ll understand why as we proceed. Hold the loop tight with your thumb and finger.
Wrap the tag end around your thumb and the first loop to create a second, smaller loop. Secure it with your thumb and finger to maintain tension.
Slide the tag end between the two loops, splitting them in half. Hold the tag end and the loops together.
Pull the small loop through the big loop while gently pulling the standing line to secure the knot. You should see the perfection loop form at the end. To secure it further, pull the loop at the end and the standing line until it’s fully secure.
Trim the tag end, but leave a little bit of it—this prevents the knot from slipping. However, avoid trying to secure the knot by pulling the tag end; this will only weaken your perfection loop.
Adding A Fly Or Lure To The Perfection Loop
To add a fly to your leaders or tippet with a perfection loop, slide on your fly before you create the second loop in Step 2. Then, follow the steps as mentioned above.
The challenging part is avoiding hooking your hand and getting the fly and second loop through the first loop without catching it.
Why use a perfection loop knot?
A perfection loop knot is versatile. It can connect monofilament or braided lines, create loop-to-loop connections, and tie tippets, streamers, and other rigs. It can also join two lines of different diameters, like a leader and tippet, or create a fixed loop in the middle of a line.
What is the strongest loop knot?
The Palomar knot is the strongest loop knot. It can tie a loop in the middle of a fishing line and is known for its ease of use and strength when tied correctly.
Is a perfection loop strong?
Yes, a perfection loop is a robust knot. It’s reliable and secure, making it ideal for fly fishing and other outdoor activities.
Where is a perfection loop used?
A perfection loop knot is used for a variety of reasons. It can connect monofilament or braided lines, create loop-to-loop connections, and tie tippets, streamers, and other rigs. It can also join two lines of different diameters, like a leader and tippet, or create a fixed loop in the middle of a line.
How strong is a perfection loop?
When tied correctly, a perfection loop is a very strong knot. It can achieve up to 95% knot strength.
Can you tie a perfection loop on a fly line?
You can tie a perfection loop on a fly line, but it’s not recommended. It creates a bulky knot at the end of the line, which could scare off fish when you cast your line.
How do you make a small perfection loop?
You don’t want your loop to be too big when using the perfection knot for fly fishing, as it can disturb the water. To make a small perfection loop, create the second loop as small as you can in Step 2.
When would you use a perfection loop?
Use perfection loop knots when you want to create a loop at the end of your leader or tippet. It’s one of the best knots for attaching leaders to fly lines or attaching a fly to your tippet lines.
The perfection loop knot is a fantastic tool for any fly fisherman. Its standing line runs straight as an arrow, and when combined with a loop around your fly, it creates an enticing swimming action to lure in fish.
Check out our guide here on tying a loop to loop connection and our post here for a step by step guide on snell knot tying. Also, here’s a YouTube video showing you how to tie a perfection loop in your leader
I hope this guide has given you a clear understanding of how to tie a perfection loop knot. Remember, practice makes perfect. Before you know it, you’ll be tying this knot in seconds. Don’t forget to download our series of fly fishing books for more tips and tricks. Happy fishing!