How to Tie Fishing Knots

How to Tie Fishing Knots
A fisherman needs to know how to tie different knots. At some point, you'll have to tie lures, swivels and hooks onto the fishing line, and the clinch and Palomar knots are excellent options. When you're changing the line on a reel, use an Arbor knot to attach it to begin the process.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel Hooks Lures Swivels New fishing line Nail clippers
  • Rod and reel
  • Hooks
  • Lures
  • Swivels
  • New fishing line
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Start the clinch knot by passing your line through the eye of your hook, swivel or lure. Double-back with your line and wrap it five complete turns around the line heading into the eye.
Step 2
Finish the clinch knot by bringing the line back through the opening that was created when you first doubled back and began your five turns around the line. You will see it right next to the eye; pass the line through, pull the knot tight as you bring the five loops down the line snug to the eye, and trim the line with your clippers.
Step 3
Start the Palomar knot by making a loop with your line and putting it through the eye of your hook, swivel or lure. Once it is through, tie an overhand knot in this loop. An overhand knot is the same type that you utilize when beginning to tie your shoelaces.
Step 4
Finish the Palomar knot by taking the loop that comes out of your overhand knot and bringing it up and over the entire hook so it winds up on the other side of the hook. Pull on the line that is running back into your pole and the other free end of the line to tighten your Palomar knot, and trim it close with the clippers.
Step 5
Start an Arbor knot by putting the line all the way around your reel and tying an overhand knot in it. Tie another overhand knot in the free end of the line coming out of the initial overhand knot, pull it tight and trim it .

Tips & Warnings

Meticulously practice these knots until you can tie them without thinking about the steps, and you will be able to fulfill most of your knot-tying needs as an angler.

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