A River Runs Through It TRIVIA

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by A.B. Langford, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. A.B. Langford New Member

    Posts: 16
    vancouver island
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    Who knows the name of the KNOT the old man is tying at the beginning of the movie?
  2. Nooksack Mac Active Member

    Posts: 1,948
    Bellingham, WA, USA.
    Ratings: +110 / 0
    I seem to remember it as a turle knot, an old, traditional knot that gives a straight-line pull on the leader, through the hook eye and fastened behind the eye. Not the strongest tippet-to-hook knot.
    later_Peter likes this.
  3. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,391
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +410 / 0
    Looking at the diagram of the turle knot, it looks to be similar to the Palomar knot but not nearly as secure.
  4. GAT Active Member

    Posts: 4,018
    Willamette Valley, OR
    Ratings: +2,596 / 0
    It was something made up on the spot... no one had any idea what they were doing so they faked it :D

    The actor who played the electrical specialist on the original Mission Impossible TV series once admitted that he was just clipping wires here and there because he was told no one would know the difference.... he just had to act like he knew what he was doing. So he did.

    Same goes for the knot :) (seriously, I don't remember the movie well enough to determine what the old man was tying)
  5. ICHI Member

    Posts: 38
    Oakland,CA. / Des Moines,WA.
    Ratings: +5 / 0
    The triple lindy
    Explosion5000 and Travis Bille like this.
  6. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,391
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +410 / 0
    Hangman's noose?
  7. Salmo_g Active Member

    Posts: 7,483
    Your City ,State
    Ratings: +1,621 / 0
    Had to be a turle. All the other knots used to tie flies to tippet hadn't been invented yet.
  8. constructeur Active Member

    Posts: 1,515
    Seattle, Wa
    Ratings: +410 / 0
    What aboot the granny knot Salmo?
  9. KerryS Ignored Member

    Posts: 6,714
    Sedro Woolley, WA, USA.
    Ratings: +1,754 / 0
    Never saw the movie and don't plan to.
    Don Freeman likes this.
  10. Don Freeman Freeman

    Posts: 1,254
    Olympia, WA
    Ratings: +207 / 0
    That movie did more to ruin fly fishing than all the gill nets in the Sahara
    apistomaster and bennysbuddy like this.
  11. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

    Posts: 2,271
    m-ville
    Ratings: +682 / 0
    george harvey knot
  12. GAT Active Member

    Posts: 4,018
    Willamette Valley, OR
    Ratings: +2,596 / 0
    Yes, it sure made flyfishing suddenly popular. In some respects it was a good thing and a lot of new flyfishing companies sprang up with new and improved products. Unfortunately, it did cause crowding conditions at some of my favorite flyfishing only fisheries.

    Sadly, once the movie wore off, there was no longer enough business to go around and many, many companies, fly shops and publications bit the dust.
    Jerry Daschofsky likes this.
  13. Thom Collins Active Member

    Posts: 203
    Kirkland, WA
    Ratings: +65 / 0
  14. Steve Saville Active Member

    Posts: 2,491
    Tacoma, WA
    Ratings: +317 / 1
    Looks like it might be a "no-slip" loop knot.:confused:
    buford likes this.
  15. GAT Active Member

    Posts: 4,018
    Willamette Valley, OR
    Ratings: +2,596 / 0
    [IMG]

    I'd say it is a turle knot... as others have mentioned... I couldn't tell if it was a single or double turle knot.

    I prefer a improved clinch knot... but it wasn't my movie :)
  16. Olive bugger Active Member

    Posts: 2,391
    Woodinville, WA
    Ratings: +410 / 0
    +1 on the improved cinch knot.
  17. dflett68 Active Member

    Posts: 594
    snohomish
    Ratings: +189 / 0
    i had been told when i came out that the old man was norman maclean himself. myth?
  18. GAT Active Member

    Posts: 4,018
    Willamette Valley, OR
    Ratings: +2,596 / 0
    Nope... it wasn't him. He died in 1990 and the movie was made in 1992. Unless he was actually a zombie... that's always possible :)

    Anyway, the book was much better than the movie. It was one of the first flyfishing books I read.
    later_Peter likes this.
  19. Steve Saville Active Member

    Posts: 2,491
    Tacoma, WA
    Ratings: +317 / 1
    +1 for the book. I read it on the way to Alaska to go fishing with my brother.
  20. Rich Morrison Member

    Posts: 108
    Rapid City, South Dakota
    Ratings: +2 / 0
    They didn't make the movie back in 1920. They may taken care to avoid anachronistic tippet knots...if so I'm impressed.