A fishing knot is nothing more than a connection between the fishing
line and a leader, lure, hook, or sinker. Sounds easy enough but, it is a crucial part of
being a successful angler. One of the marks of a good knot is that it doesn't slip. If you
have to tie an overhand knot in the end or burn the end of your line to prevent the knot
from slipping, your failing to construct a proper knot. There are many knots but, every
knot does not suit every purpose. The secret is knowing which knot to use and when to use
- Improved Clinch Knot - Great all around knot for tying to most terminal tackle.
- Dropper Loop - Good for making a loop for attaching a hook above a sinker.
- Nail Knot - Good knot used to attach your fly line to your fly leader.
- Blood Knot - Useful knot for joining two lines of similar size.
- Perfection Loop - Excellent knot when a loop is needed at the end of a line.
- Palomar Knot - Easy to tie right, and consistently the strongest knot known to hold terminal tackle.
Related Knot Resources
Grant's Guide to Fishing Knots
Knot Tying Tips
- The best place to learn to tie a knot is in a relaxed
setting. You can take your time and learn to master
a knot so that you can tie it quickly and easily when
- Wet the knot before you draw the knot tight. A
little bit of water or saliva helps lubricate the line,
preventing abrasion and making it easier to gather
and tighten the knot.
- Make sure the knot is tight. A loosely gathered
knot can come unraveled or start to slip under
pressure. Slippage can lead to rapid knot failure.
- Trim the knot carefully. As you trim the loose line
after finishing the knot, don't nick the actual knot
or main line. Even a minor nick seriously weakens
- Check knots frequently. Inspect your line and knots
when you reel in. If there's any damage or abrasion,
cut the problem off and re-tie.
- Learn a couple of knots very well. Don't try to
learn every fishing knot ever invented. It's better
to be proficient with a few knots.
- Inspect and test each knot after you finish.
Your goal should be a perfectly tied knot every