Tying fishing knots has always been one of those essential outdoor skills that every angler needs to possess. Whether you are fishing for a hobby, sport or profession, knowing how to tie your knot is what will make your hobby/sport/profession more rewarding. Although there are several fishing knots in the market, you don’t have to learn how to tie all of them at once.
We understand that memorizing all the steps involved in tying the different knots can be overwhelming, so do not pressure yourself. Eventually, you will master the different types of knots as you become an expert in fishing or as you encounter different situations that require you to use specific knots.
The basic knots – the building blocks of knot tying.
• Overhand Knot – Form a loop at the end of a line and pass the end of the line through it. Tighten the knot down to create an overhand knot.
• Half Hitch Knot – Pass the end of your line around the object. Bring the end around the standing end and through the eye of the loop you just formed. Pull it tight to form a half hitch. Follow the same procedure to add a second half hitch to make the knot more secure.
• Square Knot – Tie two overhand knots and cross them together to form a half knot. Twist them a second time then pull the ends to tighten the square knot.
• Half Knot – Cross the two ends of a rope over each other. Bring one end over and then under the other to form the half knot.
Other knots are the sheet bend, figure 8 knot, slip knot, and noose knot. Here are tips on tying fishing knots.
#1. Improved clinch knot
It is among the most widely used fishing knots. It works well with fluorocarbon and lighter monofilament lines when correctly tied, seated and tightened. However, the Improved Clinch knot is not suitable for those using over 30 lb test line.
1 – Pass the end of the line (about 8″ – 10″ inches) through the eye of the lure, hook or swivel. You can use more line if you must.
2 – Pass the working end around the standing line and twist five to seven times.
3 – Feed the end of the line through the loop that was formed near the eye and then through the big loop just formed.
4 – Moisten and pull gently on the tag end and standing line to pull the coils together. Ensure that your coils remain spiral and do not overlap.
#2. Palomar Knot
The Palomar Knot is a general-purpose knot regarded as one of the sturdiest and most reliable fishing knots. The Palomar knot is best for use on braided fishing line and thin, monofilament fishing line. It is relatively easy to tie.
Step 1 – Double your line and form a loop (3″ – 4″ inches) and pass the end of the loop through the hook’s eye.
Step 2 – With the hook loosely hanging from the bottom, tie an overhand knot in the doubled line. Do not twist the lines or tighten the knot.
Step 3 – While holding the overhand knot, pass the loop over the hook, swivel or lure. Ensure that the loop passes completely over the hook.
Step 4 – Moisten the line and pull both ends (the standing line and tag end) to tighten the knot. Trim tag end close.
#3. Albright Knot
Developed by Jimmy Albright, the Albright knot should not be skipped by those learning how to tie knots. On most occasions, the Albright Knot is used for attaching monofilament or fluorocarbon to a leader line or thin mono to heavier mono.
1- Form a loop in the tag end of the heavier line. Feed the tag end of the lighter line through the loop from the top.
2 – Wrap the light line neatly around itself and the loop.
3 – Take at least ten tightly wrapped turns. It should enter and leave the loop on the same direction that it first came out of the loop.
4 – Feed the end of the lighter line through the end of loop and exit the loop the same direction it entered.
5 – Hold both ends of the heavy line together as you bring the coils of lighter line towards the end of the loop.
6 – With your hand still on the heavier line, pull the tag end of the standing line and the lighter part to tighten.
7 – Trim tag ends close to the knot.
#4. Blood Knot
Blood Knot is very common among fly fisherman. It is perfect for splicing leader lines such as monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders to a braided mainline. It is ideal for lines of approximately equal diameter.
Step 1 – Begin by overlapping the two lines to be joined.
Step 2 – Wrap one around the other 4 to 5 times. Tuck the tag end back through the center of the overlap.
Step 3- Repeat the process with the other end. Tuck the leader 4 to 5 times at the opposite end of the overlap
Step 4 – Gently pull lines in opposite directions for the turns to tighten. Trim ends close to the knot.
#5. Rapala Knot
This is another essential knot to learn. It a nonslip knot which allows fishing lures to move more freely and naturally. The Rapala fishing knot is ideal for tying directly to your favorite lure.
1 – Tie a half knot about 3 inches up from your tag end. Pass the tag end through the eye/split ring of the fishing lure and back through the overhand knot.
2 – Make about three wraps around your standing end.
3 – Pass the tag end back through the overhand knot then the loop formed from the previous point.
4 – Lubricate line then pull on standing line as you hold the tag end to close the knot. Trim the end.
Tying fishing knots: Tips to a Better Fishing Experience
• Tie linearly
• Keep your lines moist
• Pull carefully and slowly to tighten line
• Check the pull strength on the main line
• Trim tag ends close to the knot
Now that you have learned the procedure of tying fishing knots, we believe that these fishing knots will make you highly versatile in bass fishing. With these knots, you have so much option when it comes to splicing lines, snelling or creating loops on lures.