Category Archives: Fishing Knots

Trilene Knot

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One of the greatest multipurpose knots for fishermen is the trilene knot. There is little if any point in fishing if the knot connecting one’s line to their hook isn’t strong enough to hold onto the catch. The trilene knot can be used to connect monofilament line to a variety of artificial lures and hooks. Most importantly, though, it resists slippage, and therefore it effectively protects your prized catch by retaining 85% of the lines strength.

How To Tie a Trilene Knot

  1. Carefully send the line through the eye of the hook twice. This step should be done loosely so that there is a loop left behind the eye of the hook.
  2. Taking care to avoid the loop, wrap approximately six times around the line above the hook. Wrapping should be done in the upward direction starting approximately one centimeter from the eye of the hook.
  3. Send the remaining line through both the loop resulting at the base of the wrap and the loop going through the eye of the hook.
  4. Pull the knot tightly to insure that it is strong and enjoy a fun day of fishing.

Snell Knot

Whether you are a new or an old hand to fishing, learning the basics will definitely increase your enjoyment while decreasing the frustration that you possibly will encounter while holding a hook and a line. One important thing that needs to be considered before making the first cast is tying a good knot. Though some people will just buy a pre-snelled hook, learning how to tie a snell knot is a priceless skill to attain.

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How to Tie a Snell Knot

  1. Using your non-dominant hand, hold the hook while the other hand holds the line.
  2. Hold the tag end of the line and insert 4-5 inches long of it through the hook’s eye.
  3. Create a big loop of the line and insert the tag end back through the hook’s eye; in the same manner you did it the first time. Take it alongside the hook’s shank for about a half inch. Hold the line’s tag end against the hook’s shank.
  4. Take the big loop down under and insert the hook through it.
  5. Create 8-10 tight loop turns around the hook’s shank.
  6. Using your fingers, hold the tightly drawn loop turns in place. Once all the turns are complete, keep holding the loops while pulling the line gently and firmly from the hook’s eye and pulling tightly the loops against the shank and sliding them towards the hook’s eye.
  7. Pull the line’s tag end down towards the hook’s barb as firmly as possible. For a better grip, you can make use of a plier. Trim the line’s tag end to about 1/8 inch of the looped line.

And there you go, about two or three tied snell knots are all it takes to get you started cranking them out.

Rapala Knot

The Rapala Knot is a useful tool for any fisherman. It allows you to create a strong knot that retains the line’s strength, but still allows freedom of movement to the lure. Since the lure is free from the restraints of the knot, it can move more naturally in the water, attracting more fish.

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How to Tie a Rapala Knot

  1. Make an overhand knot about six inches from the end of the line.
  2. Pull the line through the lure or hook, then back around and through the overhand knot.
  3. Wrap the end of the line three times around the main line on the opposite side of the overhand knot as the lure.
  4. Pull the line through the overhand knot again, then back around and through the loop you just created.
  5. Pull the knot tight and trim any excess line.

Congratulations. You have now created a Rapala Knot.

Perfection Loop

The perfection loop, also known as the angler’s loop, is one of the few knots that can be effectively tied with bungie cord. While this is one of its exclusive functions, the perfection loop also provides exceptional security. This makes it a great choice for slippery rope or fishing line. However, as a result of its profound tightness, this knot also has a reputation for jamming, which makes it very difficult to untie. For this reason, most applications of the perfection loop should be done without any intentions to untie it.

How to Tie a Perfection Loop

  1. At the end of the rope or fishing line being used, form a loop by passing the end of the line behind the standing line.
  2. Form an additional loop by passing the end of the line around the standing line once again.
  3. Pass the end of the line between the two loops as if to wrap around the standing line again.
  4. Hold the end of the line in position and pass the second loop through the original one.
  5. Pull the knot tight.

Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is great for fishing. It is most used by bass fisherman for tying worm hooks and jigs. It works best for braided lines. It is simple, yet strong and one of the most reliable knots used in fishing.

How to Tie a Palomar Knot

  1. Pull the line through the eye about four inches.
  2. Loop back the line through the eye to create a loop.
  3. Tie a single knot using the doubled line.
  4. Pull through almost to tightened.
  5. Loop end of the doubled line from step 4 around the hook back to around the knot.
  6. Pull the entire knot up together and then tighten the knot.
  7. Snip the excess line with a pair of scissors to finish.

Nail Knot

The Nail Knot requires a tool, which can be a nail (hence the name); however a straw is often used. This particular knot is useful in fishing, and is made with two ropes being wrapped around eachother.

How to Tie a Nail Knot

  1. First, place your tool parallel to the end of your other rope.
  2. Then holding each line with your thumb and forefingers wrap the first rope around the nail and the second rope.
  3. Make about six to eight complete turns of wrapping.
  4. Then pass the line through the nail or tube.
  5. After which withdraw the nail and pull the two ends of the lines to tighten it up.
  6. Trim the ends if you desire, and you finally have a finished nail knot!

Dropper Loop

The Dropper Loop is a useful tool for fishermen who want to create a loop in the middle of a line, particularly one that is perpendicular to the line. You can use this to attach a leader or bait onto the line while allowing something to be attached at the end of the line as well.

How to Tie a Dropper Loop Knot

  1. Create a large loop in the middle of the line.
  2. Wrap the loop around the crossover point 3-6 times.
  3. Pass the loop through the hole in the center of the spirals you just created.
  4. While being careful not to let the loop slip back out, tighten the loop and both sides, creating a tight knot that holds the loop in place.

Congratulations! You have now created a Dropper Loop.

Blood Knot

Blood knots are a popular knot used particularly for fly fishing purposes. This is known to be one of the strongest knots you can create and is also best for joining monofilament of exact diameters.

How to Tie a Blood Knot

  1. Grab your rope or string and begin by overlapping the ends of lines to be joined. Then, twist the one around the other which will create 5 turns.
  2. Repeat the process with the other end. Wrap it in the opposite direction making a total of 5 turns.
  3. Pull the lines in opposite directions and the turns should wrap around. Cut or clip the ends.

This knot is simple to create and a great choice for fly fishers.

Bimini Twist

The Bimini twist is a type of fishing knot that is a 100 percent knot. This means that the knot provides 100 percent line strength. In the Bimini twist, a loop is made at the end of the line where it is tied, making it extremely strong.

The Bimini twist is used in sports fishing. Typically a knot on a fishing line weakens it due to the extra stresses. By using a Bimini twist on your line, it is strengthened as opposed to weakened. This extra strength becomes useful when hooking a violently moving fish when trolling. The Bimini twist is also used to catch larger fish species.

The Bimini twist is the most preferred knot for double-line leaders. They are called “double-line” because a lure is attached to one end of it while it is attached to the rod’s main line. The Bimini twist is used because it is a reliable method for attaching the leader to the main line.

How to Tie a Bimini Twist

  1. Create a loop and twist the line twenty times. Slip the open end to an anchor or your knees or feet. Make sure you are keeping constant pressure on the loop’s ends.
  2. Let the tag ends slip through the first twists. Open up the loop’s angle and allow the tag to roll over the column twists to the end.
  3. When the line has rolled down the twists’ end, you should create an overhand knot near the side of the loop. This strengthens and locks the knots. Maintain tension in the lines.
  4. Further secure the knot by creating three to five overhand knots around both lines. You should first work from the loop end towards your knot. Tighten your overhand knots at the base.
  5. Trim off the excess tag ends as needed.

Arbor Knot

The arbor knot is a popular knot used by fishermen to secure the fishing line to the arbor of a reel. This knot type is useful in different types of fishing. The arbor knot is a good knot to use for a larger catch, such as salmon. It’s certainly strong enough to hold the line. There are many knots, but the arbor knot is quick and easy to learn . The simplicity of the arbor knot makes it useful even for the novice fisherman.

How to Tie an Arbor Knot

  1. Loop the fishing line around the arbor reel.
  2. With the free end, tie a knot around the line.
  3. Tie a second knot in the loose end to act as a stopper. This will prevent the line from slipping through the first.
  4. Finally, grab on either side of the knots and pull tight, sliding the knots tight against the arbor.

That’s it – simple as tying your shoes.