7 Fishing Knots That Will Make You a Better Fisher!

fishing knotsHave you ever been fishing and realized your hook had fallen off sometime after you cast your line? If you have ever pulled in your line only to find there is no hook on the end you may have tied the fishing knot wrong. It is important to know how to tie strong fishing knots in order to actually catch a fish!

You don’t want your line going slack when you are pulling a fish in because your knot came undone or snagged on something. Before you decide fishing knots seem too hard, and decide to create an aquaponic garden instead, give these knots a try!

Fishing Knot Facts

When it comes to fishing it is vital to learn how to tie good fishing knots. It is one of the deciding factors for weather or not you go home with anything. You need to be able to correctly tie your fishing line to your hook and lure. Here are some important things to think about before you learn to tie fishing knots.

  • Angler is a term for someone who fishes.
  • It is important to practice ting the knots using an actual hook and piece of line. You can cut the end of the hook off or push it into a cork.
  • Choose the right fishing knot for the task so that you don’t lose your fist. You want it to be very strong.
  • Knots pull tight best when the line is lubricated with water. One of the best sources is saliva. Use some saliva on the line and pull knots tight to prevent slipping.
  • The correct terminology for the end of the line is called the “tag end,” or “working end.” The part of the line coming from your fishing reel is called the “standing end.”
  • Pull all the ends when tightening the knot.
  • Leave plenty of line for tying your fishing knots at the “tag end,” about 1 foot should be enough.
  • Trim the “tag end” close to the knot with nail clippers, once it is pulled tight. Cutting it close to the knot prevents it from getting snagged on weeds. Do not try and burn the end off, you will damage the line.
  • Fishing knots are usually not as strong as the line. The strength of the knot is shown in percentages, comparing it to the line strength. This tells you about when a knot will break. An eighty percent knot strength on a ten pound line means your knot will break at eight pounds of tension on the line.
  • Nylon monofilament is the most commonly used line for fishing. It is especially good for tying these knots.

Fishing Knots for Hooks

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These knots are used to tie a hoop or lure onto a fishing line. They are good basic knots used in all fishing. It’s very important to learn these knots as a regular knot can reduce the fishing line strength by fifty percent.

Palomar Knot

The Palomar knot is as close as you can get to being %100 effective when tied properly. Doubling the line to tie this knot, make it very strong. Make sure to pull both ends when tightening this knot. It is one of the most popular used fishing knots.

  1. Fold six inches of the line over onto itself.
  2. Thread the end loop through the eye of the fishing hook.
  3. Then tie and hover hand knot.
  4. Pass the loop over the hook and push it towards the knot.
  5. Lubricate the knot and pull both the tag end and standing end to tighten the knot.
  6. Clip the tag end close to the knot with a pair of nail clippers.

Improved Clinch Knot

This fishing knot is not recommended for braided lines or lines larger than twenty-five pounds breaking strength. It is easy to tie, and very reliable. It is also another popular choice for attaching a hook to the line.

  1. Push the line through the eye of the hook.
  2. Wrap it back around the standing line about five times.
  3. Push the tag end of the line through the first small loop that has now been created right next to the hook eye.
  4. Then pull the tag end through the big loop you just created.
  5. Lubricate the knot.
  6. Pull the tag end tight to move all the coils right above the hook eye.

Loop knots

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Loop knots can be used to allow more of a free movement for artificial lure or fly, which creates a more realistic appearance. You can also create loops to connect two sections of line together using the loops.

Surgeon’s End Loop

This is a popular fishing knot because it is simple to tie and very strong. The strength of the line is improved by doubling the line to tie the knot.

  1. Fold the line over to double it.
  2. Create a loose overhand knot with the folded line.
  3. Wrap the end loop around and through the knot again.
  4. Grab the standing line and the end line and hold them tightly. Pull the loop to tighten the knot.
  5. Clip the tag end.

Dropper Loop

This fishing knot lets you create a loop anywhere on the line. This is great if you want to as an extra fly to the line. This can also be used to attach a hook on multi hook fishing lines.

  1. Create a large loop in the center of a line.
  2. Hold the center.
  3. Wrap the loop around this center point six times.
  4. Create a hole in the center and pass the loop through.
  5. Lubricate the knot and pull the line tight while holding the loop in between your teeth.

Fishing knots for Joining Lines

If you ever have your line snap, you may have to tie two pieces of line back together. You might not have the time or a braided line that could be spliced back together. These are great knots to help you reconnect your lines and make sure it doesn’t snap under pressure.

Surgeon’s Knot

When this fishing knot is tied correctly is about %100 of the line strength. Feel confident that using this knot will keep your lines securely fastened together.

  1. Place the line to the reel and the extra leader line on top of one another.
  2. Create a large loop closest to the reel line side.
  3. Pull both lines through the loop.
  4. Then wrap them around and pull through the loop again.
  5. Lubricate the knot and pull all four ends tightly.
  6. Cut all the ends with nail clippers.

Blood Knot

This is a good knot to use to tie two lines of equal size together. Because it is wrapped so many times it is a strong fishing knot, making it a favorite among fly fishermen.

  1. Overlap the ends of two lines you want to tie together.
  2. Twist one end around the other five to seven times.
  3. Bring the end back to the middle and between the two lines.
  4. Repeat this on the other side by wrapping the other end in the opposite direction over the line the same number of times.
  5. Pull the end back to the center and between the two lines on the opposite side.
  6. Lubricate and then slowly pull the lines in opposite directions to tighten the knot.
  7. Cut the ends with nail clippers close to the knot.

Extra Useful Knots

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There a many other knots you can use when fishing. Each knot has a different purpose and needs to be tied correctly. Here is one knot that is used for your reel and not for tackle.

Arbor Knot

You will need to attach your fishing line to the spool center on your reel. This line doesn’t need to be as tight and some of the other knots.

  1. Wrap the line around the arbor.
  2. With the tag end tie an overhand knot around the line.
  3. Now tie another overhand knot with the free end. This is going to act as a stopper if it slides.
  4. Then slide the knots down close to the arbor.

Now that you have a selection of fishing knots to practice you will be ready for your next fishing adventure. Fishing is a fun bonding experience enjoyed by many parents, or grandparents, and kids. If you have never been fishing before, you now have a great selection of fishing knots that will help your fist trip go off without a snag. Have a blast teaching your child to how to have fun fishing, and don’t forget to bring the camera to take some pictures of your kid’s first catch!

As much fun as fishing is you need a good selection of other activities you can do together. Try helping them improve their soccer skills between your fishing trips. It’s important to get quality time with your kids in order to raise a happy, healthy, child.  Have fun on all your great adventures and don’t forget to practice your fishing knots!