Perfection Loop Uses

The perfection loop provides a loop that works well for the end of a fishing line.  This loop can be used to attach lures or flies.  When looking for a loop that works to connect a fly leader and fly tippet together using loop to loop - this one works really well.  When tied with leader and tippet this knot or loop forms a neat loop that lines up with the standing part of the respective leader or tippet.

Understanding Knot Terms

There are many terms used when describing tying fishing knots, marine knots, and other types of knots.  Two words commonly used terms important to all knots are:

  • Standing End
  • Working End

The working end is the end of the rope or fishing string that you are actually working with.  You are usually not working with both ends of the fishing line.  When tying your shoes you are in reality working with both ends of your shoe string so both ends would be considered working ends.  With fishing line you normally have one end you are working with and the other end is usually fastened to the arbor, hook or lure.  The standing end is the end of the line tied to the arbor. The standing part is the part of the line from the standing end to the knot.  Remember these definitions when reviewing how to tie the 10 favorite knots of PFT.

Understanding Working End

When beginning to learn to tie fishing knots, you will need to learn to leave enough extra line on your working end to finish the knot.  With practice you will learn to estimate this very closely.   As you progress through tying the knot you will quickly learn to tell if you will run out of line on your working end.  Sometimes you will need to just start over because you will not have started with enough extra line on the working end to finish the knot.  The rope used in these pictures is of course much bigger than fishing line -  as a result the knots in these pictures are much bigger than you will make with your fishing line..  When done tying any knot trim any excess line on the working end so that it will not be in the way. 

Tying the Perfection Loop - Step One

 Perfection Loop Perfection Loop Step One

The first step in making the perfection loop is to begin a series of circles. Pay close attention to which part of the line is laying on top of and under the rest of this loop. The first step is easy.

Tying the Perfection Loop - Step Two

 Perfection Loop Perfection Loop Step Two

As you can see in the step one picture the working end of your line passes under the standing part. Continue swinging the working end around making another loop slightly larger than the first circle and again pass the working end underneath the standing part. The next step will see the working end pass through the middle of these loops.

Tying This Fixed End Loop - Step Three

 Perfection Loop Step Three

This is the trickiest part of this loop - not hard just tricky. Pass the working end over the closest loop then under the loop on top. Note the picture and see how this is done making this loop just like seen in the picture.

Step Four

 Perfection Loop Step Four Makes THE Loop

Introduced into this picture is a nail head that is laying on top of the part of the line that will form the loop we are looking for. The picture below shows step four which is pulling this loop under the loop above it.

 Perfection Loop The Loop is Formed

Now, holding the working end and the standing line with one hand and the loop that the nail is laying on with the other hand, tighten this knot so that it looks like the picture below. Trim the excess line on the working end.

Tightening the Final Loop

 Perfection Loop Finished Loop Then Trim Excess Line

Knot Tying Resources

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These four resources come highly recommended.  We at PFT each carry the freshwater knot guide in our tackle.  Several of us use the knot tying tool on the right.  I have the knot tying book on my desk, but in addition have downloaded a knot tying app on my phone, which I use regularly.