A 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.
Fishing knots are created and used every day by many anglers worldwide. There is a variety of fishing knots, each has a different role, from attaching a line to a hook or swivel, attaching a line to a lure, to connecting and joining lines.
I have put together a list on the top 5 fishing knots to know when venturing out into the water.
5. The Hangman’s Knot
Some consider this knot as a universal knot for it can be used and applied in many ways such as using to snell a hook, tying a fishing line to terminal tackle, even for hooks and swivels. So learning this knot could be a great advantage for you.
- Thread the line into the hook’s eye and double back making it parallel to the standing line. Then create a loop over the doubled line by laying the tag end.
- Start wrapping and make about 7 to 8 turns with the tag end line around the double line and passing through the loop.
- Don’t forget to lubricate the lines and pull the tag end until the knot is perfectly snug.
- Slowly adjust the knot by sliding it down to hook’s eye, or you can leave a small loop if desired. Trim excess tag end if necessary.
4. Surgeon’s Loop
This particular knot is as handy as the blood knot when you’re trying to join or connect two pieces of fishing line. But when you are trying to tie two lines with varying thickness or diameter, the surgeon’s knot is the ideal choice instead of the blood knot.
- Fold over the end of the line to make a double line, then tie a single overhand knot.
- Pass the loop through the hole in the overhand knot one more time.
- Moisten the knot and tighten.
3. The Blood Knot
The blood knot is best for tying two pieces of similar fishing line together (i.e., comparable diameter, etc.), but can come in handy for any makeshift fishing line situation if you find yourself in a pinch. According to the International Game Fish Association, this knot is considered to be one of the top grade knots when joining one line to another; the other one is the Hangman’s Knot – also called the Uni Knot.
- Line up the ends of each line together for several inches, then wrap the first line around the second at least five times.
- Wrap the second around the first at least five times, and bring both loose ends back to the middle between the two lines.
- Pull tight on each line until the knot is snug.
2. Improved Clinch Knot
Chances are, if you’ve been fishing for more than about a week, you know how to tie an improved clinch knot. It’s one of the most important knots in all of fishing, used by most anglers to secure their hooks, lures, or swivels to the fishing line. This particular knot is strong, firm and reliable for every fisherman for it can withstand a battle with big fishes.\
- Slowly pass the tag end of through the hook’s eye, then wrap 5 – 7 times on the body of the line.
- Insert the tag end through the small loop nearest to the hook’s eye, then bring it back in the loose part of the line.
- Add moisture to the knot and pull the two ends until tighten.
- If needed, trim the excess tag end.
1. Palomar Knot
If you learn to tie a particular knot? Especially if you fish with a braided line of any kind? Make it the Palomar knot. Regarded by anglers as one of the strongest knots, the Palomar serves a similar function to the improved clinch knot, securing a hook or swivel to one end of your fishing line, or fastening a fly to a leader.
- Create a loop by doubling your line, then slowly insert the loop into your hook’s eye.
- Make an overhand knot that is loose.
- Carefully move the loop through your hook’s end.
- Gently pull the line while holding your hook.
If there is any knot you have found to be easy and more efficient, please let us know. Also let us know which know you find yourself using the most!