How to Tie Figure-8 Fishing Knots

How to Tie Figure-8 Fishing Knots
The figure-eight knot is used in a variety of outdoor activities, from rocking climbing to sailing and fishing. For many anglers, the figure eight is a go-to means of easily tying a strong and durable loop in the end of their fishing line. These loops can be used to join two lines together or even a weight with an eye to the line. The figure eight is practical and useful for anglers fishing in both freshwater and saltwater.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line (monofilament, braid or fluorocarbon)
  • Sharp scissors
Step 1
Hold the end of the fishing line in your hand. Form a loop in the line 6 inches to 8 inches from the end of the line. Hold the free end of the line alongside the main line so that a double line is formed with the loop at the end. This is your working loop.
Step 2
Turn the working loop back alongside the doubled line. Bring the working loop underneath the doubled line, forming a double line loop that will be the top of the figure-eight knot.
Step 3
Pull the working loop around and over the doubled main line. Feed the working loop under and through the double line loop, or top of the figure eight, that you formed earlier.
Step 4
Moisten the knot with water or saliva and slowly pull the knot down making adjustments to the line so that the size loop you need is formed. Pull the knot down tightly to lock it in place.
Step 5
Trim excess from the free end of the knot with sharp scissors. Trim the free end of the line to within 1/8 inch of the knot.

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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