The debate over the relative values and strengths of the blood knot and the triple surgeon’s knot has raged for decades. Both knots are designed to connect two pieces of monofilament–when building a leader or adding a tippet–but blood-knot evangelists (like me) prefer the elegance and straightness of their choice, while surgeon’s-knot advocates argue that that their choice is much easier to tie.

In these videos, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop explains why he uses both knots, for different situations. He uses the blood knot for connecting materials of different diameters between 12- and 20-pound-test, while he chooses the triple surgeon’s for connecting lighter materials or those of the same diameter. In these videos, he explains how to tie each knot and why he prefers each for these uses. What do you think of this system?

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