The Surgeon's Swivel
|A few days ago I ran across an idea that was
published many years ago by Art Lee. I'd forgotten all about it, but it's
a great solution for accommodating large flies on very small tippets. It
works particularly well for flies that have large upright wings. A common
problem when casting on a light tippet pattern is twisting or spinning.
The fly creates a tangled mess which most of us solve by cutting off the
tippet and starting over. Traditional knots do nothing to solve the problem.
Art Lee solved this problem by adapting a common surgeons knot into what he called the "surgeon's swivel."
Here's the tying sequence (illustration follows):
1. Pass the fine tippet through the eye of the hook, so the head of the
fly faces the leader butt, Release the fly and let it hang on the tippet.
The knot works best with flies tied on down eye hooks and ring eye hooks don't seem to work at all. Further the material dressing on the hooks should not be butted up against the hook eye. Use a softer casting stroke so that you don't jam the knot against the eye.
It doesn't always work perfectly but its better than the alternative.