The Improved Blood Knot is great for connecting a smaller line to a larger line (like lighter class tippet to heavy shock or bite material).
- Double your lighter tippet over to create a loop and lay the two tag ends side-by-side, facing the opposite direction.
- Wrap the loop around the other line several times and then bring it back through the “V” created. It is important to remember whether you went down into the “V” or up from underneath. Either is fine, you just need to do the opposite with the other tag end.
- Take the other tag end and wrap it around the other line several times then through the hole (that used to be the “V”). Again make sure you take it through the opposite direction from the original tag end.
- Lubricate the knot and pull everything tight simultaneously.
- Trim the tag ends.
Illustrations by Greg Pearson