How Do I Knot a Fishing Line?

How Do I Knot a Fishing Line?
Knots and fishing lines go hand in hand. From attaching a line to a reel to tying on a hook or connecting two lines together, knots play an important role in fishing. Choosing the correct knot and properly tying it is important so terminal tackle or the line itself does not fail while fishing. Learning to tie a basic useful and multipurpose knot is an essential part of fishing in both fresh and saltwater.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Tie the Uni knot by passing the free end of the line through the eye of a hook, swivel, weight or other terminal tackle. Feed the line through the hole so 6 to 7 inches of line extends through it.
Step 2
Pull the free end of the line beside the main line above the eye of the hook or other terminal tackle to form a double line.
Step 3
Hold 2 inches of the double line in place and turn the free end back toward the eye, forming an elongated loop alongside the double line.
Step 4
Wrap the free end of the line around the doubled line and through the loop three or four times. Moisten the knot with water or saliva.
Step 5
Pull the free end and main line to tighten the knot down against the eye of the terminal tackle. Trim the free end of the line extending from the knot with a sharp pair of scissors.

Tips & Warnings

Tie a double Uni knot to connect two lines of similar size. Cross the lines for several inches and hold them in the middle. Turn one free end back, tie the Uni knot and pull tight. Repeat the process for the opposite free line end and pull tight. Pull the two Uni knots tightly against each other and trim excess from the line with scissors.

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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