So you have a fishing rod, a kayak, and every other gear you probably needed but while you are out there hoping to make the ‘big catch’, it’s often the smallest of things that can have you stumped. And one of those small things is a knot. Yes, a knot, believe it or not, it can have a make or break implication.
No wonder there are about 10+ fishing knots that every angler can use. But do you know how to tie them? Since each knot serves a different purpose, it’s quite handy to know them, especially for beginners. So here is the ultimate guide on how to tie a fishing knot the right way.
The Improved Clinch Knot
Probably one of the most commonly used fishing knots among anglers, the Improved Clinch Knot is particularly helpful when you’re up against the big fishes. It’s also useful when you need to fix hooks, swivels or lures to the fishing line mainly because of its strength and durability.
- Firstly, Secure thread line through the hook eye and
- Wrap the end coming out of the hook 5-6 times on the thread line
- Now, take that end and pull it through the loop closest to the hook eye
- Tighten the knot by pulling both ends
- Cut the excess out if need be
The Palomar Knot
If you’re looking for something even for stronger than the Improved Clinch Knot for fastening the swivel or hook to the fishing line, you have got to learn the Palomar Knot.
- Double the thread before passing through the hook eye
- Create a really loose overhand knot
- And put the created loop through the pointed end
- Pull it along the hook to tighten it
- Cut out the extra thread if need be
The Blood Knot
Do you need to safely and securely tie down 2 fishing lines together? That’s just what the Blood Knot is meant for and is also recognized by the International Game Fish Association for the same.
Do not make the mistake of using the knot for tying a leader to a fly line. Also, you would want to make sure both fishing lines are of the same diameter.
- Place both the fishing lines facing each other.
- Start wrapping one line around the second one 5-6 times
- The two lines will start to form a V. Put the end of the line through this V.
- Repeat the first 3 steps with line number 2
- Pull the standing ends in the opposite direction to tighten the knot
- Lubricate it and cut off the loose ends
The UNI or Hangman’s Knot
The Uni-Knot or the more common name, the Hangman’s Knot is one of the most versatile knots on the list and can be used for a variety of tasks. From being used to tie a swivel or hook to a line, the line to the terminal tackle etc. this universal knot is must for both pros and newbies alike.
- Thread one end of the line through the hook’s eye and double back so both the ends are parallel to each other forming to lines.
- Wrap the end around the double lines 6-7 times
- Pass the end through the created loop and pull it to tighten the knot
- Once done, lubricate it and cut off the remaining ends.
The Surgeon’s Knot
The Surgeon’s Knot is just as effective as the Blood Knot in tying two fishing lines together and is relatively easy as well. Another advantage this knot has over the blood knot is that it works perfectly well with lines of different diameters as well.
- Place the two lines on top of each other but at unequal lengths
- Make a big loop with a loose overhand knot
- Each end needs to be put through that loop around 2 times. You can also do it 3 times which will make it the Triple Surgeon’s Knot.
- Tighten the knot by pulling the ends in the opposite direction and add some moisture.
The Dropper Knot
Want to some extra baits to your fishing line in order to draw a bigger catch? The Dropper Knot should help you get that right.
- Double the line to form a loop at one end
- Once done, start wrapping one end around the loop at least 3-4 times (basically, that’s 3-4 overhand knots).
- Now place your finger or a plier and wrap the other end around it once and continue to make 3-4 knots again.
- This makes a small hole in between the knots
- Take the bottom of the loop and pass it through this hole and pull
- To tighten the loop just pull the ends in opposite direction.
Tip: The size of the dropper loop varies as per the size of the first loop. Make the loops bigger if you want a larger dropper loop. Also, make sure you do not make too many knots as it can lead to twisting.
The Knotless Knot
For a quick-fire and simple way to Snell a hook, turn to the knotless knot. These knots were widely used by anglers during olden days when hooks came without an eye but that doesn’t mean these knots are useless now.
It still is one of the best ways to attach a line to the hook especially circular or octopus hooks.
- Cut the required length of the line and tie an overhand knot at one end
- Pass the knot from the front to the back of the hook’s eye
- Take the other end and start wrapping it on the hook. Make about 6-7 wraps
- Once done, pass the end from the back to front of the eye
- And finally, pull each end to tighten it and lastly, add some lubricant
The Turle Knot is commonly used to tie a hook or fly to a line and is quite helpful in case of smaller hooks.
- Pass one end of the line through the hook’s eye
- On the other end, tie a double overhand knot. Keep the knot loose
- Insert this loop onto the hook
- Tighten the loop around the hook by pulling both the ends and moisture it
- You can cut off the excess ends
The Berkley Braided Knot
The Berkley Braided knot is another very strong knot and ensures the braids do not simply slip out. This makes the knot ideal if you want to tie braided lines to hooks, lure or swivels.
- Firstly, double the line and pass it through the hook’s eye
- Wrap the looped end around the line for about 7-8 times
- Pass the wrapped end through the loop closest to the eye
- Now, tighten and moisture it and cut unnecessary ends.
The Double Surgeon’s Loop
When it comes to making a loop at the end of the leader it does not get any simpler and faster than the Double Surgeon’s Loop. And not to forget, it is super strong as well.
- Double the line to form a loop on one end
- Create an overhand knot using the loop and the two ends
- Insert the loop through that overhand knot again
- Pull each end to tighten the knot and don’t forget to moisture it (as always)
As you may have already seen, there’s a knot for everything. So if you are a first-time angler you would want to take the time out and practice at least 5-6 of these knots. The Improved Clinched Knot, Blood Knot, the Palomar Knot, and the easy peasy Turle Knot should be perfect to get you started.
Master these knots and you are sure to see an improvement in the number catches you make.