The fishing line knot is your weakest link between you and that trophy fish or tournament win.
Handy Fishing Knot Tying Reference Cards
PRO-KNOT Fishing Knot Tying Instruction Cards
This should be a must have for fishermen, even if you're one of the best, there are times, you need something to "refresh" the ole memory.
PRO-KNOT Cards feature the following knots: improved clinch, palomar knot, uni-knot, dropper loop, surgeon's end loop, blood knot, rapala knot, double uni-knot, surgeon's knot and perfection end loop.
You needs perhaps no more than three or four basic fishing knots, these
knots should relate directly to your type of fishing. The Bass fisherman has little interest in the knots used by the trout fisherman, who, in turn, uses knots that are not necessarily
suitable for the Striped Bass fisherman.
Learn the correct fishing line knots and how to tie them correctly and your success and confidence rate will rise.
FISHING KNOT BASICS
Double Clinch Knot:
Recommended number of turns:
5 turns for 8 to 12 pound test
4 turns for 15 to 40 pound test
Make the appropriate number of turns around the standing line and pass the tag end back through the opening of the overhand knot.
To tighten the knot:
Hold the standing end in one hand with the fly hanging just below. Partially tighten the knot by pulling on the tag end. Continue tightening by pulling the standing end with one hand and the lure with the other.
There are at least 6 variations of the Hangman's Knot, - all of them excellent for terminal tackle, swivels and hooks. The "standard" Hangman's Knot holds only five turns when tied in monofilament nylon. If tied in rope, and used for its stated purpose, it takes eight turns.
- Pass a 6 inch loop of line through the eye.
- Bring the end back on itself, passing it under the doubled part.
- Make five loops over the doubled part.
- The formed knot is worked into shape.
- The knot is sent down the line, against the eye of the hook or swivel.
There are two top grade knots used to join one line to another, where these are approximately of the same thickness. These are the Blood Knot and the Hangman's Knot - also called the Uni Knot by the International Game Fish Association.
Where there diameters are very dissimilar, either the Surgeon's Knot should be used, or the thinner line should be doubled where the knot is formed.
Lie the ends of the two lines against each other, overlapping about 6 inches.
Take 5 turns around one line with the end of the other, and bring the end back where it's held between the two lines.
- Repeat by taking 5 turns around the other line, bringing the end back between the two lines. These two ends should then project in opposite directions.
- Work the knot up into loops, taking care that the two ends do not slip out of position.
- Draw the knot up tightly.