DIY Fly Line Loop

Most fly line come with welded loops at either both ends or at a minimum at the end you attach your leader but, what do you do if the line doesn’t have a welded loop or if you fish like us, you wear out the welded loop?  Yes, you can easily tie an albright knot or blood knot and you are back it and either knot will work perfectly fine.  Nick and I prefer to make our own loop with our fly tying supplies and if you take the time, it will be a stronger loop than the manufacturer’s welded loop.  We like to use a bright thread color as well which makes it easier to see the end of the fly line and can make a great reference of where your line is in the water and a perfect shock indicator.  First, we have a step by step video on how to do it and then second, we have provided step by step instructions with pictures.

Materials Needed For Your DIY Fly Line Loop

Bobbin with fluorescent 140 thread
Super glue or fly tying glue (optional)
UV light
UV curing glue

1st Step – Cut Fly Line In Angle

Make a clean angled cut to the end of the fly line.  This will provide a nice tapered end while wrapping the 140 thread around the fly line.


2nd Step – Make A Loop With The Fly Line and Secure It With Thread Wraps

Once the fly line is folded over, forming the desired loop size, start wrapping your thread from the base of the loop and continue wrapping until you have covered the cut end of the fly line.  Make sure to wrap slowly and have tight uniform wraps around the fly line; this minimizes bulk and weight.  Once you go past the cut end of the fly line, continue to wrap back the other way towards your starting point at the loop.


3rd Step – Whip Finish Your Thread And Cut With Scissors

Make a whip finish several times (4 or 5) and cut the thread away.  Personally, we use a whip finishing tool to accomplish this step but, you can do it without.


4th Step – Apply Thin Coat Of Super Glue or Fly Tying Cement

This step is optional, however, it does provide an extra protection layer and strength to your loop.  Super glue will dry faster than fly tying cement, your choice.


5th Step – Apply UV Curing Glue

Apply a thin and even coat of the UV curing glue to your thread.  Remember thin layer, you can always add more but, you can’t take it away.


6th Step – Blast It With The UV Light

Hit the applied UV curing glue with your UV light for 15 to 30 seconds making sure you cover the entire area.  This is critical especially if you are doing this on an overcast day.  You are now ready to terrorize fish!


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