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To catch the most tarpon it is important to pay attention to the details. Having a knot that makes the fly swim unnaturally can result in less bites and getting fewer tarpon to the boat. Let's take a look at three of the most commonly used loop knots for tarpon.
1. Uni Knot- The Uni can be tough to get to cinch down with heavy leader and it kinks off to the side. The sloppily tied Uni Knot pictured above will likely fail.
2. Homer Rhode- A solid knot and is easy to tie, but a drawback is that gets kinked off to the side so the fly swims crooked. The strength is about 50% of the leader. Decent, but not the best.
3. Steve Huff Double 8- This is the one I use to tie my flies to heavy tippet and the best loop knot for tarpon in my opinion. It lays perfectly smooth and the knot cinches down well. It's easy to tie with heavy fluorocarbon. It pulls the fly perfectly straight and is very strong.
I've found that the Steve Huff Double 8 is the best loop knot for tarpon in my opinion. Paying attention to the details and using this knot really can make a big difference.
Here's a quick video I did where I further discuss the differences in the loop knots.
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