Tying the Knot: Fishing’s Critical Connections

By: Steve Starling The two most important keys to consistent fishing success are a sharp hook and a strong knot. Everything else is secondary… Everything! These days, there’s no excuse for not using a sharp hook every time we cast a line. Hook technology has come a long way. Modern hooks are lighter, finer, stronger, … Read moreTying the Knot: Fishing’s Critical Connections

Blood Knot

What it does: The blood knot is used for joining two lines of similar thicknesses. Why it’s useful: An easy knot with a relatively low profile, a blood knot can run smoothly through rod line guides, whereas other comparably strong knots might get stuck. However, be advised that a blood knot will reduce overall line strength by … Read moreBlood Knot

Trilene Knot

What it does: The Trilene Knot can be used to join line to swivels, snaps, hooks and lures. Why it’s useful: Easy to tie and very strong, the Trilene Knot resists slippage better than most simple knots. How to tie it: 1. Thread the line through the eye of the hook or lure, then double back through … Read moreTrilene Knot

Nail Knot

What it does: Used to attach leader butt to fly line or to attach backing to fly line Why it’s useful: The most popular knot for attaching leaders and leader but to fly line, the nail knot has a very smooth, low profile that allows it to slide easily through guides. Though it doesn’t necessarily require a … Read moreNail Knot

Snell Knot

What it does: Connects a leader to a baited hook. Why it’s useful: Strong, reliable, and simple to tie. Just note that you can only use the Snell knot with a leader. How to Tie It: 1. Pass one end of the leader throungh the eye of the hook so that it sticks outone or two inches … Read moreSnell Knot

Uni-to-Uni Knot

What it does: Ties two lines together, or else a braided line to a monofilament leader.  If using soft monofilament, just be aware that a braided line could potentially cut the leader. This can be prevented (or at least slowed down) by using a loop for your free end on the braided line and otherwise tying … Read moreUni-to-Uni Knot

Surgeon’s Knot

What It Does: Securely ties together a line and a leader of very different diameters. Why it’s Useful: Strong, relatively simple to tie, and less likely than most knots to damage the thinner of the two lines. How to Tie It: 1. Align the line and leader end-to-end, parallel to each other, with 6″ to 8″ of … Read moreSurgeon’s Knot

Float Stop Knot

What it Does: Creates a barrier to stop a float from sliding past a certain point on a line. Why it’s Useful: Prevents a float from running up a line – essential for controlling your presentation when float fishing. Use about 5 inches of nylon, of the same diameter as the line the float is on. How … Read moreFloat Stop Knot

Albright Knot

What It Does: Joins two lines (line & leader) of vastly different diameters. Why It’s Useful: Creates a much smaller and smoother connection than a Surgeon’s Knot without sacrificing strenght.The Albright is far less likely to get caught in guides than a Surgeon’s Knot. That said, it’s also considerably more difficult to tie. How to Tie It: … Read moreAlbright Knot