Know Your Knots

The number of knots that are available to anglers is large and still growing. There are really only a hand full of knots you need to know well to be competent on the water. This guide is designed to teach you those knots.

Palomar Knot

This is a strong knot that is easy to tie. Use it to attach a hook or lure directly to your braided fishing line.

  • Double up six inches of line and pass it through the eye of the lure or hook.
  • Tie an overhand knot in the doubled line while letting the hook or lure hand loose.
  • Pull the loop down over the hook.
  • Draw up the knot slowly.

Uni Knot

Use the Uni Knot to tie on a hook, a leader, or to attach your line to your reel. It is one of the most popular knots due to its simplicity and versatility.

  • Run the line through the eye and double back to form a circle.
  • Wrap the tag end around the double line and make six turns before bringing it back through the loop.
  • Pull the main line to slide and tighten the knot.

Surgeon’s Knot

This knot is great for joining two lines and is a go-to for most anglers when tying on a leader.

  • Place two lines next to each other.
  • Pass the long end of the leader and tag end of the mainline through the loop to form an overhand knot.
  • Pass the same ends through the loop to form a second overhand knot.
  • Tighten by pulling all four ends slowly and simultaneously.

Improved Clinch Knot

This is probably the most popular knot among anglers. Use it to attach anything to your line including hooks, lures, and swivels.

  • Pass the end of the line through the eye of the hook, swivel, or lure.
  • Pull six inches of line through and double back.
  • Twist six times and pass the end of hte line through the small loop above the eye.
  • Pull the tag and main line simultaneously.

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