How to Tie Strong Fishing Knots

How to Tie Strong Fishing Knots
One of the worst feelings in fishing is losing a trophy fish due to knot failure. Reeling in your line, only to find a curled piece of monofilament where your hook used to be is frustrating. Dependable knots are the foundation of successful fishing. Knots will slip or fail if the angler does not pay attention to the small details of knot tying. Spending a little time practicing will return big dividends out on the water.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Book on fishing knots.
  • Pliers
  • Gloves
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Pick a knot suited for your particular fishing situation. Purchase a book detailing the different knots. Choose a knot after reading about the strength and characteristics of that knot.
Step 2
Read the step-by-step directions before attempting to tie the knot. Study until you are sure of exactly what is involved. Allow plenty of line for tying the knot.
Step 3
Tie the knot slowly at first. Make sure you are not omitting any steps or directions. Practice tying the knot over and over until the steps are memorized.
Step 4
Snugly tighten the knot for maximum strength. The coils of line should sit tightly next to each other. Examine knot for uneven wraps or coils of line. Ensure the knot is tight and seated correctly.
Step 5
Use pliers if needed to make sure the knot is snug and tight. Wear gloves if needed to prevent cuts from the fishing line.

Tips & Warnings

Moisten the knot with water or saliva to help the knot tighten smoothly.
When out on the water, take your time and do not hurry tying the knot.
Trim the excess tag end with nail clippers.

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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