How to Tie Fishing Line Together

How to Tie Fishing Line Together
Tying fishing line together may be necessary for a variety of reasons, however, one of the most common is to attach a short length of line to serve as a leader to the main line. The knot most commonly used for tying two pieces of monofilament line together is the surgeon's knot.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line in either similar or differing diameters
  • Monofilament fishing line in either similar or differing diameters
Step 1
Begin by laying the lines side by side so that the tag, or loose ends, are pointing away from each other. There should be four to five inches of overlap as the lines lay side by side.
Step 2
Pick up both lines and form a loop. Make sure to securely hold the loop at the junction where the two lines form a loop.
Step 3
With the free hand, feed the shorter section of line into the loop and back out forming one wrap. Repeat the process two more times for a total of three wraps. Make sure the overlap portion of the line is included in the wrap.
Step 4
Hold both sides of the line extending from the knot making sure the short overlap ends are included. Pull the knot tight with a slow and smooth motion making sure the loop of the knot does not become kinked or twisted.
Step 5
Use snips or scissors to trim excess line from the short ends of the knot. This will allow the knot to move more easily through the line guides of the rod and prevent snagging while fishing.

Tips & Warnings

Moisten the knot before tightening with water or saliva. This will help to increase the strength of the knot.
Use caution when working with monofilament lines as it is possible to receive a cut from tightly stretched line.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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