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Arbor Knot

The Arbor Knot is one of several knots that can be used to tie the backing to the fly reel. The backing is used to fill a reel and add length to a fly line. Backing is most often a dacron or other synthetic material and comes in 20- to 30-lb test. The Arbor Knot is the simplest of the knots used to tie backing to the reel. Since this knot is seldom tested once the backing and line is in place on the reel, it does not need to be complicated or incredibly strong.