How to Tie a Fishing Hook Loop

How to Tie a Fishing Hook Loop
Terminal loops offer easy ways to connect your fishing line to hooks, swivels and jigs. The simple surgeon's end loop knot doesn't snug down to the eye of the hook, so make the length of the loop closely match the length of the hook to avoid a messy rig. With a little practice, you'll be able to tie this knot and connect it to terminal tackle in the dark. Even when you learn more advanced knots, it's a handy trick to remember.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Fishing hook
  • Fingernail clippers or pocket knife
Step 1
Fold six inches of line back on itself to provide plenty of space for forming the knot. Pull the doubled line straight and hold the folded end between your right thumb and forefinger. Hold the free end against the main line with the other hand.
Step 2
Cross over the doubled line with the folded end and bring that end up through the circle that the line forms. Hold the crossed loop with the left hand.
Step 3
Cross over the doubled line again, moving the folded end over the circle of doubled line and then up through the circle again.
Step 4
Measure an end loop a little longer than the fish hook. Hold that loop between the right forefinger and thumb and snug the knot down against it.
Step 5
Draw the knot tight by pulling on the main line and the end loop. Clip off extra line with the fingernail clippers or cut the excess away with a pocket knife.
Step 6
Fold the loop and pass the end through the front of the fish hook eye, which is the side facing the barbed point. Slip the loop over the bend of the hook and pull the loop snug against the shank.

Tips & Warnings

Keep the presentation neat. Too much loop shows up underwater as a doubled section of line and could tip off suspicious fish.
Passing the loop through the front of the eye and then over the bend tips the point of the hook up to a better angle for snagging the fish.
A fixed loop knot works well enough for bait fishing but interferes with the action of jigs and lures. Choose swivels for the best lure action and tie on with non-slip knots that snug down tight against the tackle.
Don't try to bite off the excess line. Monofilament fishing line could chip your teeth.

Article Written By James Young

James Young began writing in 1969 as a military journalist combat correspondent in Vietnam. Young's articles have been published in "Tai Chi Magazine," "Seattle Post-Intelligencer," Sonar 4 ezine, "Stars & Stripes" and "Fine Woodworking." He has worked as a foundryman, woodturner, electronics technician, herb farmer and woodcarver. Young graduated from North Seattle Community College with an associate degree in applied science and electronic technology.

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