How to Tie Knots in Fishing Line

How to Tie Knots in Fishing Line
When fishing, it's important to know a few basic fishing knots: the improved clinch knot, sheet bend knot and arbor knot. Each knot is specially suited to different fishing line applications and is both child and adult friendly. Before tying fishing line to a hook, leader wire or spinning barrel, check that you have the appropriate pound test for the fish species you wish to catch. Store your fishing line in a waterproof tackle box until you're ready to rig your fishing line.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Improved Clinch Knot

Step 1
Tie fishing line to a hook, swivel or lure using an improved clinch knot. Pass the tag end of the mainline through the eyelet of the hook. Double back and rotate the mainline over the standing line six times. Thread the end of the mainline through the loop located at the base of the eyelet. Pull the mainline through the large loop.
Step 2
Wet the knot with saliva or with water from your fishing hole. Pull the tag end of the mainline away from the eyelet. Tighten the standing line and press the coils tightly together once more to completely seal the knot.
Step 3
Clip excess line using fishing line clippers.

Sheet Bend Knot

Step 1
Use a sheet bend knot when tying monofilament fishing line to copper wire or when tying leader to mainline.
Step 2
Form a loop in one hand using the fishing line.
Step 3
Pass the copper wire through the loop and back around it.
Step 4
Thread the copper wire back under itself.
Step 5
Pull the two ends to close the knot.

Arbor Knot

Step 1
Tie fishing line to the spinning barrel on your fishing reel using the arbor knot. Pass the tag end of the fishing line around the arbor or spool center on the spinning barrel.
Step 2
Tie the free end into an overhand knot around the fishing line. To complete an overhand knot, cross the free end over to form a loop. Pass the right-hand end through the loop and pull to tighten and close the knot.
Step 3
Tie a second knot 1 inch below the free end, which will secure the first knot. This prevents it from sliding out and coming undone.

Tips & Warnings

Be careful when tying a hook onto a fishing line.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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