Fly Fishing Glossary K's

Fly-Fishing can often be confusing to beginners to the sport because fly-fishermen talk and write in a strange language using words not always in standard use. To help take some of the confusion out of the terms bandied about by fly fishermen we have compiled this glossary. 

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Keeper: (1) A loop of thin wire built into the shaft of the fly rod (near the grip) the fly can be attached while still connected to the tippet and line. This allows the fly fisher freedom to walk and climb without concern about hooking trees, grass or himself.(2) A good fish to be taken home or a 'keeper'

Kick boat: A personalized, one-person fishing boat also called a float tube, usually with a seat between two pontoons at a level that allows the anglers feet to be in the water. It is propelled by swim fins, oars, or a even a small electric motor. Also called a kick boat.

Klinkhammer: A range of fishing flies developed by Hans Van Klinken called the Klinkhammer, these are deadly dry flies with the belly of the fly submerged looking like the abdomen of a fly laying eggs.

Knotless Tapered Leader: a fly fishing leader entirely constructed from a single piece of monofilament. Extrusion, or acid immersion are most commonly used to taper the leader because there are no knots it is called a Knotless Tapered Leader.

Knotted Leader: fly fishing leader constructed by knotting sections of different diameter leader material to each other to make a tapered leader. Most commonly used knots to construct such a leader are blood (or barrel) knot and surgeon's knot (see blood knot, surgeon's knot, leader, tapered leader, leader material).

Kype: A male spawning trout or salmon develops a hook like protrusion on the mandible. The kype is particularly striking in salmon.

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