How to Do Fishing Knots & Rigs in Australia

How to Do Fishing Knots & Rigs in Australia
New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria provide saltwater angling for catching Australia's game fish. Freshwater anglers will also find opportunities on manmade lakes developed for power generation. Thanks to the introduction of trout in the 19th century, outstanding trout fishing exists on inland rivers and streams. Many of the fishing knots used in Australia are the same as in the United States but known by other names.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Hangman's Knot

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line (monofilament, braid or fluorocarbon)
  • Hooks
  • Scissors
Step 1
Tie this knot by passing 6 to 7 inches of line through the eye of a fishhook. Pull the line up alongside the main line. The hangman's knot is also known as the uni knot in the United States.
Step 2
Double the free end of the line back toward the hook to form a loop. You will now have a doubled line with a loop along side.
Step 3
Wrap the free end around the doubled line and through the loop six times. Form each wrap along side the other and do not allow them to overlap.
Step 4
Hold the main line in one hand and the free end in the other. Moisten the knot with water or saliva and pull both ends to tighten down the knot. Trim excess line from the free end of the knot with scissors.

Palomar Knot

Step 1
Double the free end of the fishing line 6 to 7 inches from the end. Feed the loop through the eye of a hook so that you have about 3 inches of the loop on one side of the eye and the doubled line on the other.
Step 2
Form a simple over hand knot with the loop and doubled line. Pull the loop through the knot and down over the bend of the hook.
Step 3
Moisten the knot with water or saliva and pull it tight. Trim excess line from the tag end of the line with scissors.

Surgeon's Knot

Step 1
Join two lines of similar diameter together with the surgeon's knot. Tie this knot by overlapping 6 to 8 inches of both line ends.
Step 2
Tie an overhand knot by forming a loop with the doubled lines. Pass the main end of one line and the tag of the other through the loop three times.
Step 3
Moisten the knot with water or saliva and slowly pull down tight.
Step 4
Trim the free ends on both sides of the knot closely with scissors. Leave about 1/8 inch of the tag end exposed on either side.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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