Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

Besides getting the right fishing gear from a reputable fishing equipment supplier, one of the first things new anglers need to know about fishing is tying knots. There are dozens of different types, even hundreds, by the time you add in all the variations. The second thing new anglers need to know is that they can enjoy a great day of catching fish just by learning the four basic fishing knots.

In this blog post, we shall explore each of the five fishing knots to help you make the most out of your voyage. 

Palomar Knot 

The Palomar Knot is hands down, one of the most popular and easy fishing knots. Not only is it one of the strongest on the list of knots, but it is also one of the easiest fishing knots to master. This type of knot is best suited for securing your hook with a braided fishing line. Do not use this knot with a monofilament line because it will slip out from the hook. 

  • Step 1: Double about 6 inches of line and thread it through the eye of the hook. 

  • Step 2: Tie a simple overhand knot in the doubled fishing line, letting the hook hang loosely. Don’t twist the lines. 

  • Step 3: Pull the end of the loop down and pass it completely over the hook. 

  • Step 4: Moisten the line and pull both ends of the line to draw up the knot. Trim any excess.

Rapala Knot 

The Rapala knot is the best for attaching lures to the fluorocarbon leader line out of all the easy fishing knots. Named by the company that invented this knot, it can be expertly tied with just five simple steps:

  • Step 1: Tie an overhand knot about five to six inches above the tag end of your fishing line, leaving it with a hole still open.

  • Step 2: Feed the fishing line through the eye of the hook or the lure and then through the center of the overhand knot. 

  • Step 3: Wrap the loose end of the line three times around the main line and push the tag end through the back of your overhand knot. 

  • Step 4: Run the tag end through the loop you just formed in the previous step. 

  • Sep 5: Pull on the main line, tag end, and hook or lure to tighten the knot as tight as possible. Trim the tag end off. 

Hangman’s Knot 

This style of knot is best used for monofilament and terminal tackle. However, it still is a versatile knot and can be used in a range of fishing scenarios. The hangman’s knot is one of the easiest fish hook knots. It is also amazing for attaching a fishing line to your reel.

  • Step 1: Feed your line through the eye of the hook and make a loop with the tag end making the tag end go overtop both the tagline and the main line. 

  • Step 2: wrap the extra tag end over both lines 5 to 6 times.

  • Step 3: Bring the tagline end out of the loop and pull to tighten. 

  • Step 4: Finish by pulling the standing end to slide the knot down to the hook or swivel. 

  • Step 5: trim the tagline, and you're ready to fish.

Surgeon’s Knot 

If the Palomar knot is the easiest knot for securing a line to hoot, the surgeon’s knot (or double surgeon’s knot) is without question the easiest fishing knot to use when joining lines of different weights.

  • Step 1: Put your leader line next to your main line. 

  • Step 2: Create an overhand knot by pushing the long piece and leader through your loop. 

  • Step 3: Make a second overhand knot by moving the previous ends through your loop 

  • Step 4: Wet the line and slowly tighten it by pulling all the ends. 

  • Step 5: Finish by trimming up your tags. 

Improved Clinch Knot 

The improved clinch knot, also known as the Salmon Knot, is a knot that is used for securing a fishing line to the fishing lure but can also affix a fishing line to a swivel, clip, or artificial fly. This is a common knot used by anglers due to its simple tie and stronghold.

  • Step 1: thread the fishing line through the hook.

  • Step 2: Wrap the tag end around the mainline 4 to 5 times. 

  • Step 3: Tighten the end and trim off any excess on the tagline. 

Armed with these knot-tying suggestions, you should now possess the know-how to easily tie fishing knots. Which of these straightforward knots will you choose to employ on your upcoming fishing excursion?

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