How do I Make a Straight Loop in a Fishing Line Leader?

How do I Make a Straight Loop in a Fishing Line Leader?
Knots are just as much a part of fishing as hooks, weights, lures and line. Knowing how to select and properly tie the correct knot is essential and can mean the difference between a great day of fishing and watching the big one swim away. When finding it necessary to tie a straight loop in the end of your line or leader, for example, there is a simple-to-tie and very secure knot for this purpose.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament or fluorocarbon leader
  • Scissors
Step 1
Double the leader line several inches from the free end of the line, forming a working loop. Hold the working loop securely with your fingers and keep the free end of the line separate from the main line.
Step 2
Pull the free end of the line under the main line so it crosses at a right angle. Bring the free end of the line up and then across the top of the main line.
Step 3
Pull the free end of the line straight out to the side and then back under the main line, forming a second loop to the side. Guide the free end around and then across the main line once again. Hold the free end of the line out to the side of the knot at a right angle.
Step 4
Grasp the second loop and pull it up and through the working loop. Continue to hold the free end of the line out to the side. The lower loop will cross the free end of the line before it goes through the working loop.
Step 5
Moisten the knot with water or saliva and slowly pull the knot tight. Adjust the size of the working loop as the knot is pulled tight. Trim excess from the free end of the knot with sharp scissors or snips.

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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