A River Runs Through It TRIVIA

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

  1. A.B. Langford

    A.B. Langford New Member

    Who knows the name of the KNOT the old man is tying at the beginning of the movie?
  2. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

    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.
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  3. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    Looking at the diagram of the turle knot, it looks to be similar to the Palomar knot but not nearly as secure.
  4. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    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

    ICHI Member

    The triple lindy
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  6. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    Hangman's noose?
  7. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    Had to be a turle. All the other knots used to tie flies to tippet hadn't been invented yet.
  8. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    What aboot the granny knot Salmo?
  9. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

    Never saw the movie and don't plan to.
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  10. Don Freeman

    Don Freeman Free Man

    That movie did more to ruin fly fishing than all the gill nets in the Sahara
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  11. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

    george harvey knot
  12. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    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.
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  13. Thom Collins

    Thom Collins Active Member

  14. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

    Looks like it might be a "no-slip" loop knot.:confused:
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  15. GAT

    GAT Active Member


    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

    Olive bugger Active Member

    +1 on the improved cinch knot.
  17. dflett68

    dflett68 Active Member

    i had been told when i came out that the old man was norman maclean himself. myth?
  18. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    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.
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  19. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

    +1 for the book. I read it on the way to Alaska to go fishing with my brother.
  20. Rich Morrison

    Rich Morrison Member

    They didn't make the movie back in 1920. They may taken care to avoid anachronistic tippet knots...if so I'm impressed.

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