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8 Fishing Knots to Know





A novice fisherman will hit the water armed only with the knowledge of an overhand knot. A real angler wouldn’t dare venture out with such a limited arsenal.

Different situations call for different knots. The knots needed for tying fishing line to a hook are different from the knots needed to join two sections of line together.

To be prepared for anything, learn these knots before you hit the water.


IMPROVED CLINCH KNOT
(for tying line to a hook)

1. Thread the line through the eye of the hook, then make 5 to 7 wraps around the line with the loose end.

2. Thread the loose end of the line through the loop closest to the eye, then back around inside the loose section of line.

3. Pull both ends of the line until tight.

4. Trim the loose end of the line if necessary.


PALOMAR KNOT
(for tying line to a hook)

1. Double your line to make a loop, then push the loop through the eye of your hook.

2. Tie a loose overhand knot.

3. Pass the loop around the end of the hook and pull on the line to tighten.


TURLE KNOT
(for tying thin line to a small hook)

1. Run the line through the eye of the hook, then tie a loose double overhand knot in the end of the line.

2. Pass the open loop over the hook and tighten the whole thing so that the loop tightens around the eye.


BLOOD KNOT
(for joining two sections of line together)

1. Line up the ends of each line together for several inches, then wrap the first line around the second at least five times.

2. Wrap the second around the first at least five times, and bring both loose ends back to the middle between the two lines.

3. Pull tight on each line until the knot is snug.


DOUBLE SURGEON’S LOOP
(for forming a loop in the end of a line)

1. Fold over the end of the line to make a double line, then tie a single overhand knot.

2. Pass the loop through the hole in the overhand knot one more time.

3. Moisten the knot and tighten.


WIRE LINE TO MONO KNOT
(for attaching wire line to monofilament)

1. Fold four inches of wire line back over itself to form a bend at the end of the line.

2. Run your monofilament line through the middle of the bend, then wrap it once around the bottom of the bend.

3. With the monofilament, make seven close turns around both lines.

4. Pass the loose end of the monofilament above the center strand of monofilament and below the wire line, then pull snug.


TUCKED SHEET BEND
(for attaching line to a leader loop, or snelled hook to the line)

1. Pass the end of the line through the loop, then make a simple sheet bend knot.

2. Pass the end of the line back through the loop of the sheet bend.

3. Tighten until snug.


SNELLING A HOOK
(for attaching monofilament to a hook)

1. Pass the end of the line through the eye of the hook twice, creating a loop that hangs alongside the hook.

2. Wrap the loop around the hook, forming tight coils, 5 to 10 times.

3. Holding the coils in place with one finger, pull the line up until the loop is snug under the coils.

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Comments about “8 Fishing Knots to Know”

  1. Moogie says:

    The illustrations and explanations are excellent. Older Boy’s Life magazines had an article about knot-tying in each issue. I cannot find a similar article in current magazines. Am I just missing it somewhere? Personally, I think it would be helpful to have knot-tying articles.

  2. Troop 3 says:

    This is helpful

  3. go fish says:

    Nice .

  4. James says:

    Thanks. These are all the knots you need. There are lots more, but they all do the same thing.

  5. john starter says:

    Very informative thanks,

  6. Bannana says:

    Thanks;)

  7. eddie_z says:

    All of these knots are very important to fishing. Not mentioned here, Always remember to wet the line when pulling your knot tight. Very important!!!. Real fishermen wet the knot with their spit and make sure that the knot is “snugged up” properly.

  8. nima says:

    thank you

  9. gnat says:

    Can someone respond if this is a merit badge required knot list?!?!?!?

  10. a person says:

    I wish they would make a knot-tying badge

  11. Sly Fox says:

    Check out KNOT WARS on your computer or the app. It breaks these down better and adds 8 more knots as well.

  12. fishingmexican says:

    i know some of them but i dont get the snell knot

  13. shorty says:

    nice i culd realy use those!

  14. Base Camp 1 says:

    After reading years of fishing mags,no one has condensed the best
    knots as well as this. Thanks.

  15. gr8 76 says:

    I have a pond in my backyard. This was really helpful. All i knew was the fisherman knot and granny knots. Thanks!!!!

  16. fishing guy says:

    very helpful for fishing merit badge

  17. Big Game Fisher says:

    This will be very helpfull in what I fish for Thanks for puting out so people like me can
    use it

  18. monkeymann says:

    the only one i knew before this was the improved clinch knot(fishermans knot)

  19. the hunger games says:

    sweet know i can fish like an expert and also if you guys like survival stuff you should read the hunger games

  20. meritbadge man 4793 says:

    helps a lot for the fishing merit badge

  21. PATHFINDER says:

    WHEN YOU KNOW ENOUGH WORDS, YOUR EXPRESSION IS APT AND WHEN YOU KNOW ENOUGH KNOTS YOU ARE READY FOR EVERY CHALLENGE IN LIFE.

  22. fluffe says:

    i needing this

  23. buzzcut98 says:

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  24. Hyperflex says:

    AWESOME!!!!! Very helpful!

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