Fishing Knots

Your fishing line is only as strong as the knot used to tie it. Over time all knots start to weaken in some degree.

The ability to tie a correct knot will save you from losing lures, bait as well as a fish. Listed below are good choices to learn and a few tips:

  • Always moisten the knot before snugging it up. This reduces the heat from friction that causes slight abrasions when you pull it tight.
  • When tying a knot give it a smooth strong pull to complete it on your lure, hook or leader. Don’t be timid about testing it with a couple good pulls. Better to know your knot is tied correctly than losing a big fish.
  • Always leave a little extra line before clipping the tag end after completing your knot some knots slip slightly. By leaving a little tag is good insurance that your knot is tied correctly.
  • Always retie your knot before a new trip and check your knot frequently when fishing, all knots will weaken with use.

Just click on any of the fishing knots below to view details about uses and how to tie them.

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 technolo … 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 … 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 … 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 t … 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 s … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read moreAlbright Knot

Improved Clinch Knot

What It Does: Ties a medium- to heavy-weight line to a lure, swivel, or hook. Why It’s Useful: Compared to a regular clinch knot, it’s much less likely to break when you’ve got a bigger fish on the line. In fact, given that it only takes a few seconds … Read moreImproved Clinch Knot

Dropper Loop Knot

What It Does: Creates a loop in a line while maintaining most of the line’s strength. Why It’s Useful: Used to attach a second leader, lure, or fly to a line. How to Tie It: 1. Make a circular loop in the line. 2. Wrap one end through the loop. 3. Wher … Read moreDropper Loop Knot

Palomar Knot

What It Does: Attaches a hook or other terminal tackle to your line. Why It’s Useful: Among the strongest knots for its purpose, the Palomar is also fairly easy to tie. How to Tie It: 1. Double four inches of line into a loop and pass it through the ey … Read morePalomar Knot

Spider Hitch

What It Does: Doubles a line for added strength. Why It’s Useful: Almost as strong (retaining over 80% of line strength) and much faster & easier than a Bimini Twist. The one downside is that the knot could cut the line if not tightened perfectly. … Read moreSpider Hitch

Arbor Knot

What it does: Its primary use is to attach fishing line to the arbor/spool of a fishing reel. Why is it useful: It secures the fishing line on your reel arbor/spool How to tie it: 1. An arbor knot is tied by first passing the line around the reel arbor … Read moreArbor Knot