That got me thinking about the knots I use on my own line. After going over them in my head I thought, why change knots that have worked well for me for over 30 years? Now, nothing I'm going to show here is news to a veteran angler, but to somebody relatively new to the sport, listen up: good, effective knots on your line don't need to be complicated or difficult.
We'll look at two different knots. The first is called a Surgeon's Knot & it's used to connect your tippet to your leader. It's simple & really quick to tie. Here's a 20 second video showing how to tie it:
The second knot for new anglers to learn is the "improved Clinch knot". It's used to connect your fly to your tippet. This is another knot that is quick to tie, but very strong. In fact, once you get good at this knot you can tie it in a matter of seconds. Here's another very short video, this one showing the improved clinch knot: