There are two common knots used in fly fishing to make tapered leaders. One is the blood knot and the other is the surgeon. Each knot has its own advantages.
The Advantages of the Blood Knot
There are two reasons fly fishers use a blood knot for tapered leaders.
The one disadvantage for some is that the blood knot can be difficult to tie, especially in cold conditions or with the loss of dexterity in the fingers. Loss of dexterity is one of the main reasons we invented the blood knot tool.
The Advantages of the Surgeon’s Knot
The surgeon’s knot is often used in place of a blood knot for tapered leaders. The advantage of using the surgeon’s knot is that for many it’s easier to tie.
Although the surgeon knot does well in place of the blood knot there are few reasons we think it’s inferior to use.
Honestly, either knot works for its intended purpose. We just think the blood knot has more advantages, plus our tool makes blood knots easier to tie. So there would be no reason not to use the blood knot.
If you need help with tying your blood knot let the Angler’s Ace Blood Knot tool help you. Check out our store for different colors or our instructions page to see how it works.