How To Tie The Steve Huff Double Figure 8 Loop Knot

How To Tie The Steve Huff Double Figure 8 Knot And Why It Is So Important To Tie The Right Knot

This tarpon was fooled with the right combination of leader, fly, knots and skill from the angler and guide

This tarpon was fooled with the right combination of leader, fly, knots and skill from the angler and guide

Tarpon can be super aggressive but sometimes they can be downright picky creatures.  Guides in the Florida Keys go to great lengths to tie slightly different flies, use lighter, longer leaders, and get their clients to throw to the maximum distance that they are capable all with the hope that they might get a few more bites.

My own pursuit has magnified the importance of using the right knot.  Many knots, like you will see in the first video below, discussing the differences in loop knots, will pull the fly off to the side when stripping.  After you have gone to all the trouble of booking the trip, practicing your casting, traveling to the destination and actually making a good cast when the opportunity presents itself, it is a crying shame to see a fish reject your offering because of something that you could have changed.

The two most common reasons that a tarpon will reject the fly when it is balanced on his nose is because the fly has

1. fouled (a feather wraps around the hook shank) or

2. the knot is not pulling completely straight and is influencing the swim motion of the fly in an unnatural way.

Here is a video on how to tie the Steve Huff Double Figure 8 Knot which is a knot that pulls the fly perfectly straight and gets more bites in my boat.  I hope that it can help you to also get more bites and catch more tarpon.

Let me know if you have any trouble tying this knot by leaving a comment.  If it helps you catch more fish, I DEFINITELY want to hear about that too!

All the best,

Tom Rowland