Perfect Guide On How To Tie A Fishing Knot

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Wondering why you need a guide on how to tie a fishing knot? Just as there are a variety
of life forms to be found in the ocean, there are numerous, innovative and creative ways of
catching them. But can you do it without knowing how to tie a knot? Maybe, but you’ll have a harder time doing
so! Worry not, we got you covered!

Learning how to tie a fishing knot is a stepping stone to becoming an ace angler. Fishing knots run through the eyes and rings of a fishing rod and are the ones that actually put up a fierce competition against the resistance of your catch or fish. Keep reading to find out more about their types and uses.

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Types of Fishing Knots and How to tie them

Fishing is a source of livelihood in many parts of the world. Insights that can be drawn from
this fact is that, one, the list of fishing knots is never-ending.

Second, diversity in the practice of fishing is both a boon and bane to anglers. However, ever since the inception of fishing, some universality in the practice, execution and purpose of these fishing knots has been witnessed.

So, we have prepared a handy guide that sheds light on the basic types of fishing knots and how to tie them.

Easy Fishing Knots

  1. Palomar Knot

Palomar knot is a multi-purpose fishing knot, making it a must learn for beginners. It helps
in attaching the fishing line to swivel, a hook eyelet, a crankbait, braided fishing line and
jighead.

Despite being the easiest to master, Palomar fishing knot is one of the strongest
fishing line knots. Follow the below mentioned steps to tie your perfect Palomar fishing
knot:

Step 1: Make a loop, by doubling the string and placing them over each other

Step 2: Slide the loop between the eye of your hook, by drawing both ends of the string in the eye of the hook

Step 3: While your hook hangs loose with the strings in the eye, hitch a loose knot over it

Step 4: Once again take the loop over the hook, but this time slip the loop over the hook

Step 5: Pull the strings on the other end to fasten the knot

There, you have it, your perfect Palomar fishing knot!

2. Rapala Knot

A quick Google fact about this knot, it is named after the company which pioneered this
fishing knot. One of the earliest lessons for a novice fisher, is to learn how to attach a
fishing lure to the leader.

Learning how to tie a Rapala fishing knot, would surely make you proficient in this department. Robust in nature, the Rapala knot is a non-slip loop knot that goes best with flurocarbon leaders. Even though it’s a bit time-consuming, Rapala knot facilitates and enhances the mobility of your fishing lure.

In return, you get to catch the biggest of aquatic species and add to your fishing accomplishments and prowess. Just stick to the below mentioned steps and you are ready to land a striped bass on your next field experience.

Step 1: Form a knot about 2-3 inches away from the tag end of your leader line (the segment tied to the hook or lure part) and then slide the tag end into the eye of your hook

Step 2: After passing it through the eye, pass the same tag end into the knot you created and pull the mainline and this tag end to tighten the loop a bit

Step 3: Wrap the tag end around the leader line four to five times

Step 4: Slip the remaining part of tag end into the loop from the bottom

Step 5: This will result in another loop, where you need to add the remaining part of your tag end from the top-facing end of the loop

Step 6: Pull the tag end and mainline, and the hook in opposite directions

Step 7: Repeat the same process, but this time leave the tag end

This will fasten the fishing knot, making it extremely tight for your next fishing trip, especially deep
water expedition.

3. Hangman’s Knot

Next up in the list of easy fishing knots, is the Hangman’s knot. Also known as the Uni or
Duncan Knot, Hangman’s knot exhibits exceptional durability. Maintaining 90% of its
breaking strength, it definitely sets a benchmark in fishing line knots.

The level of ease might be an appealing factor, but its versatility is definitely an added bonus. So, make sure to add Hangman’s fishing knot in your skillset if you are new to the world of fishing and making fishing knots for lures.

You can adhere to the below mentioned steps to easily execute the Hangman’s knot.

Step 1: Slip your fishing line through the eye of the hook and make a loop with the tag end (this should look like 6)

Step 2: Hold the main line and tag end together, and go over them with the tag end for four or five times

Step 3: Then, pass the tag end in the loop and draw the tag end to make it a bit tighter

Step 4: Drag the loose knot to eye of the hook, by only pulling the leader line. This will compress your Hangman’s fishing Knot, making it ready for an impressive catch!

Note: The Hangman’s fishing Knot, when used to connect to lines, is regarded as a Double
Uni Knot.

4. Surgeon’s Knot

The Surgeon’s Knot serves the purpose of connecting two fishing lines of different diameters
and weights. It involves more lines, but the resulting fishing knot is the strongest and
quickest to form. One of the greatest strengths of the Surgeon’s fishing knot is the formation of
stronger loops that can be easily attached to other loops of different leaders and lines.

Step 1: Lay the two lines of the string on top of each other

Step 2: Form an overhand knot and create a simple loop conjoined with these lines

Step 3: Pass the closed end of the lines in the same loop and tighten it by pulling the ends of the string

Optional: Moisten the strings between your mouth or with some water, before fastening the fishing knot.

Voila! You are done with the easy fishing knots for lures!

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Intermediate to Difficult Fishing Knots

1. Spade End Knot

A Spade End Knot is categorized as one of the most difficult to form fishing knots. Reason
being the absence of an eye in the spade hook. Adding to these problems is the small size
of the spade hook. But no matter how much effort and trials it takes, the fishing knot made with this
technique turn out to be very strong.

Wondering how you can tie the spade end knot, adhere to the below mentioned steps and you’ll create a perfect one in no time:

Step 1: Place the fishing line along the hook shank and create a small loop over the vertical end with the tag end

Step 2: Wrap the tag end around the hook shank and the vertical end for 7-8 times

Step 3: Pass the remaining part of the tag end through the loop formed over the curved part of the hook

Step 4: Pull the tag end and leader line in opposite directions to fasten the knot

Initially, the process might seem trickier, but when you master this knot, you have reached
another level in tying fishing knots for lures.

2. Improved Clinch Knot

Improved clinch knot is a defining characteristic of an experienced angler. Just like the
Rapala fishing Knot, an Improvied Clinch Knot is proficient in catching big species of fishes. Hence,
getting the hang of this fishing knot, is gonna qualify you for bigger expeditions and
achievements.

Below are the steps you can follow for getting an inch-perfect improved clinch knot:

Step 1: Slide the line through the eye of the hook and leave approximatel 6-12 inches of line

Step 2: Leaving some space between the line and hook’s eye such that it forms a loop, then wrap the tag end around the main line

Step 3: Slide the tag end in the space or loop you created between the line and hook’s eye, this will create another loop looking like semi circle starting from the wrapped end of like and hook’s eye

Step 4: Slip the tag end through the second loop or semi circle

Step 5: Pull the tag end and main line away from the hook to fasten the knotOptional: Moisten the strings between your mouth or with some water, before fastening the knot.

Step 6: Leaving the tag end, pull the main line to further tighten the knot

And, you’re all set to go fishing!

3. Non-Slip Loop Fishing Knots

The Non-Slip Loop fishing knot is named after Lefty Kreh and hence is also called the Kreh
Knot. It is a great alternative to the Rappala fishing knot, in terms of both ease and reliability. As
opposed to the Rappala and Improved Clinch Knot, the Non Slip Loop is a go to fishing knot for
anglers owing to its workability with larger lines and flexibility with hooks.

The following steps will equip you with practical understanding and execution of this very useful knot:

Step 1: Create a tie 10 inches away from tag end of the line

Step 2: Pass the tag end through eye of the hook and then in the tie or loop

Step 3: Wrap the tag end on the main line for 4-5 times

Step 4: Once again pass it through the overhand loop you created in the first step (towards the lure or hook placed above

Optional: Moisten the strings between your mouth or with some water, before fastening the knot.

Step 5: Pull the main line and tag end to tighten the knot (direct the pull towards the hook or lure, bringing the knot closer to the hook or lure)

Another one added to your area of expertise in fishing knots for lures and that too in a
matter of minutes and 5 steps!

4. Snelling An Eyed Hook Knot

The bigger the fish the greater the resistance and one might think what are the odds of
catching a big one? Would the fishing knot even stand a chance in the face-off? With a snelled Eye
Hook fishing Knot, absolutely there is! A snelled Eyed Hook Knot is tied away from the hook or the
lure and is a holy grail for fishers chasing larger fishes.

What makes a snelled eyed hook a noteworthy invention is its versatility. So, anybody looking to up their fishing game must perfect their fishing knots and work on snelling an eyed hook knot.

The latter, you can do with the below mentioned steps:

Step 1: Pass the line through eye of the hook and hold it along the vertical part of the hook

Step 2: Start wrapping the vertical part and the tag end together, by the main line for about 7-8 times

Step 3: Take the end of the main line and pass it through the eye of the hook from back to front

Step 4: Now fasten the knot, by pulling the main line from the eye of hook as tightly as possible

We are done with the basic types of fishing knots for lures, hooks and swivels, that work

well with both smaller and larger varieties of fishes.

Fly Fishing Knots

Fly fishing exists in a stark contrast to conventional fishing methods. Apparatus, equipment,
setting, and technique, all take a 360° turn when it comes to fly fishing. It involves the
practice of placing the bait right over the surface of water, rather than letting it sink or flow
between aquatic species.

The idea behind this placement is to trick the target into thinking that the bait is actually a foreign creature that has naturally landed into their habitat. And while this technique has its own pros and cons depending on the suitability of different fishing lines, rods and reels, we are going to focus our attention on the role of fishing knots in fly fishing.

Interesting fact: Flies are the baits in fly fishing.

1. Arbor Knots

Arbor Knots are the best kinds of fishing knots to complement fly fishing. They can help in
connecting monofilament and flourocarbon line to a larger Arbor fishing reel. Follow the
steps below as a guide for a proper execution of the Arbor fishing knot:

Step 1: Circle the tag end over the main line of the Fishing line

Step 2: Wrap the tag end over the spool hub and tie a loose knot in the main line

Step 3: Shorten the loop by pulling the main line towards the spool of larger fishing reel, then form a tight knot in the tag end

Step 4: Pull the main line slowly, so that the two overhand knots fit onto each other tightly

Step 5: Fasten the two overhand knots on the spool and wind the fishing line onto the reel

2. Albright Knots

Albright Knot is the Surgen Knot in the Fly Fishing knots category. It is mostly used with
lines of differing diameters. Let’s get straight into the steps, as Albright fishing knot is known for its
low profile:

Step 1: Create a loop in the thicker line and pass the tag end through it

Step 2: Wrap the tag end or the thinner line on the back facing side of the thicker line or main line for about 8-10 times

Step 3: Once again pass the tag end through the loop

Step 4: Pull the tag end of the thinner line and the main line of the thicker line to fasten the knot

Step 5: Cut off excess tag ends of both the thicker and thinner line

3. Bimini Knots

Bimin Knot holds a great reputation in offshore fishing, as it retains its fullest, that is, 100%
strength. It is a great asset for anglers practicing fly fishing in both saltwater and freshwaters.
Keep reading to learn about the steps of this amazing fishing knot.

Step 1: Place the two lines over each other to form a large loop and then create 20 coils in the line by rotating them within your hands

Step 2: Place the loop over an object, to maintain a firmness or tightness between the two ends of the string

Step 3: Fasten the knot by pulling the lines in opposite direction, make sure that there is some space left between the object and knot

Step 4: Lock the ends of the rolled down line by creating a hitch

Step 5: Make 3 half hitches to secure the knot in place

Step 6: Pull the tag end to further tighten the knot

4. Blood Knots

Blood Knots are a bit trickier to administer in reality, as they are mostly used to tie two
strings of similar weights. But once you conquer this battle, you are no longer a novice in
tying fishing knots for lures.

The initial trials and tribulations have led many anglers to give up on this fishing knot altogether. What it needs is just a little bit of patience and practice.

So, hear us out or rather read the steps below, before rage quitting:

Step 1: Take the two strings and put each of their working ends on opposite sides

Step 2: Encircle one string around the other for 4-5 times and take back tag end of this string to the center placing it between the two strings

Step 3: Repeat the second step with the working end of the second string’s tag end and then again bring it to the center placing it between the two strings

A coil would form on both sides, with each of the strings tag ends in the middle forming a
bow or knot in the middle

Step 4: Wet the lines and first pull the tag ends and main lines together and then only the
main lines to fasten the knot

5. Turle Knots

Turle Knot is a popular fishing knot that originated in the 19th century. Major William Greer
Turle is credited for the popularity of this fishing knot, to which he has made no claims. Specifically
used to attach flies to the leader, below are steps of this very famous fishing knot:

Step 1: Slide the line through the eye of the hook and form a loop

Step 2: Pass the tag end over itself to create another smaller loop and wrap the end around this smaller loop to create twists

Step 3: Pull the end to fasten the knot

Step 4: Place the bigger loop on the hook and pull the mainline

The loop will tighten to give you your ideal Turle fishing Knot.

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Final Thoughts

Given the bulk of fishing customs and traditions, the knowledge that an angler can look up to
is vast. And with the aforementioned guide, we hope you would have got an idea about the
vast variety of fishing knots and how each one of them has an important role in making you
a professional in the field. Start practicing today with our guide and we are sure you’ll have
some impressive catches on your next fishing trip!

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