Fishing Line Knots

The fishing line knot is your weakest link between you and that trophy fish or tournament win.


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PRO-KNOT Fishing Knot Tying Instruction Cards

PRO-KNOT Fishing Knot Tying Instruction Cards

Printed on five waterproof plastic cards measuring 2-1/4'' x 3-1/2'' and joined in the corner with a brass grommet, these handy fishing knot reference cards include diagrams detailing each knot-tying step and helpful tips on when each knot is most useful.

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.

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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.

Remember knots often break because they aren't firmly and properly tightened. Lubricate all knots with saliva and pull them tight.

Fishing line knots that require multiple turns of line must lie and draw up neatly, without line overlapping where it shouldn't.

Learn the correct fishing line knots and how to tie them correctly and your success and confidence rate will rise.


  • Buy Quality Fishing Line
  • Choose the right knot for the occasion and take time to tie it correctly.
  • Lubricate knots with water or saliva before drawing tight.
  • Draw knots as tight as possible.
  • Trim tag ends close to the knot.
  • Set drag on reels properly.

Double Clinch Knot:
A highly recommended very strong knot.

Insert tag end through eye; reinsert tag end back through eye forming a double loop. Double strands that pass through eye should not cross or overlap.

Wrap tag end around standing line; make 6 turns with light line (2-6 lb.), 5 turns with medium line (8-12 lb.), 4 turns with heavy line (14-20 lb.).


Pass tag end through double loop at eye formed in Step 1.


Maintain tension on tag end; Lubricate; draw knot tight by pulling on standing line; trim tag end.


Clinch Knot


Pass the line through the eye of the hook, or swivel.
Double back, Make five turns around the line.
Pass the end of the line through the first loop, above the eye, and then through the large loop.
Lubricate; Draw the knot into shape.
Slide the coils down tight against the eye.



Palomar Knot

palomar-knot The Palomar Knot is a very simple knot for terminal tackle.  It is an easy knot to learn to tie.
A slight disadvantages is that it is difficult to tie to tackle that is very large or to tie long leaders on with.

Palomar Knot is regarded by the International Game Fish Association as the consistently strongest knot known

A great benefit is that it can be tied at night with a minimum of practice.

Double about 6 inches of line, and pass through the eye.

Tie a simple Overhand Knot in the doubled line, letting the hook hang loose. Avoid twisting the lines.

Pull the end of loop down, passing it completely over the hook.

Lubricate; Pull both ends of the line to draw up the knot.




No Slip Loop Knot

The Professional Crankbait Fisherman's Knot

The best ways to improve the action of a crankbait is to use a loop knot. By using the loop knot, the lure is free to work as designed.
Two keys to successfully tying this loop knot are the correct number of turns relative to the size of the line and lubricating the knot prior to synching down.

Tying Sequence

Tie an overhand knot, as you would for a Homer Rhode Loop Knot.  Then pass the tag end through the hook eye.non-slip-loop-knot

Pass the tag end through the open overhand 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. 




Uni Knot or Hangman's Knot


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.
  1. Pass a 6 inch loop of line through the eye.
  2. Bring the end back on itself, passing it under the doubled part.
  3. Make five loops over the doubled part.
  4. The formed knot is worked into shape.
  5. The knot is sent down the line, against the eye of the hook or swivel.





Joining Line To Line

joining-line-to-line-knotThere 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.









Blood Knot

  1. blood-knot Lie the ends of the two lines against each other, overlapping about 6 inches.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. Work the knot up into loops, taking care that the two ends do not slip out of position.
  5. Draw the knot up tightly.






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