How to Tie a Loop in a Fishing Line

How to Tie a Loop in a Fishing Line
Crankbaits and other artificial lures are meant to imitate live bait fish. These baits can be made to look and move more naturally if you attach them with a loop knot. The uni-knot, always good choice for tying a conventional knot, can also be used to make a strong loop knot. The uni-knot loop will tighten down against the eye of the hook when strong pressure is exerted fighting a large fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hook or lure
  • Pliers
  • Scissors or clippers
Step 1
Insert the fishing line through the eye of the hook or lure. Run enough line through until there is 8 to 10 inches of tag line.
Step 2
Turn the fishing line tag back toward the eye, forming a loop. Pinch the loop and eye where the lines cross with forefinger and thumb.
Step 3
While still grasping the loop, run the tag end in and out of the loop for six turns. Moisten the loose knot with water or saliva to aid in tightening.
Step 4
Begin pulling on the tag end while maintaining grip on the hook's eye and line. Pull in the opposite direction of the eye until the knot is tight and all coils of line are tight against each other.
Step 5
Adjust the size of the loop by sliding the knot coils toward or away from the eye. Use pliers to pull tightly on the tag end when the loop is the correct size. Trim the tag end with the clippers to a length of 1/8 inch.

Tips & Warnings

Practice tying this knot at home until proficient.
Grasp hooks and lures carefully to avoid injuring yourself.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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