How Do I Tie a Non-Closing Loop in the End of a Fishing Line?

How Do I Tie a Non-Closing Loop in the End of a Fishing Line?
Fishing with a rod and reel requires rigging a fishing line for attaching hooks, weights and lures. Loops in the end of a line are used for connecting leaders, weights and other terminal tackle. The ability to properly tie a non-closing, or fixed loop, can prove invaluable in fresh, inshore and saltwater fishing situations. Tying a non-closing loop is simple and easy to accomplish with the correct knot and technique.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Form a loop in your fishing line that is 4 to 5 inches from the free end of the line. This will be referred to as the working loop. Hold the loop in place and pull the free end of the line alongside the main line forming several inches of doubled line.
Step 2
Tie a simple overhand knot with the double line below the working loop. Form the overhand knot by turning the working loop down and then across the doubled line forming a loop in the doubled line.
Step 3
Pull the working loop through the loop in the doubled line. Wrap the working loop end around and then through the doubled line loop once again for a total of two wraps.
Step 4
Moisten the surgeon's knot with water or saliva and begin pulling the knot down tight. Adjust the size of the working loop as needed as you pull the knot tight.
Step 5
Tighten the knot securely by pulling on the working loop and the main line. Trim excess line from the free end of the knot with scissors. Cut the free end of the line so that no more than 1/8 inch of line extends from 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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