Fly Fishers' Republic

Arbor Knot

July 21, 2009

by Raif Killips

Arbor Knot

In fly-fishing the Arbor Knot is used to secure the backing to the spool. It works with braided backing as well as mono and gelspun.


All knots should be lubricated before tightening. The idea is to reduce friction and heat generated as the fishing line tightens against itself. If a knot chaifs as it tightens it may significantly reduce the working strength of the line.

The tag end is the waste end or dropper section of the line. While the standing line refers to the working line ie. the nylon or braid formng the backing, leader or tippet.