How to Learn Fishing Knots

How to Learn Fishing Knots
Fishing knots allow anglers to attach hooks, swivels, and lures to their line, as well as attach their lines to their reels. By learning a number of fishing knots, you prepare yourself for the different fishing scenarios you will encounter with your tackle. The Arbor knot is one you can learn to help you attach line to your reel. The Trilene knot secures fluorocarbon line to terminal tackle such as hooks, lures and swivels. The Clinch knot attaches regular monofilament fishing line to terminal tackle.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Arbor Knot

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel
  • Terminal tackle
  • Line clippers
Step 1
Pass your new fishing line around the reel's arbor, which is another term for the spool the line winds around on your reel.
Step 2
Make a simple overhand knot around your line, leaving about two inches of line coming out of this knot.
Step 3
Create another overhand knot in the end of your line. This overhand knot works to prevent the line from slipping through the initial overhand knot you tied. Tighten both knots separately by pulling on both sides of the knots.
Step 4
Slide your initial overhand knot all the way down the line so it goes snug around the arbor. Cut any excess line emerging from the second overhand knot with your line clippers. It is now in place to prevent any slippage.

Trilene Knot

Step 1
Send the line through the eye of the hook, lure or swivel, making a second pass with the line right back through the eye.
Step 2
Wrap your loose end of the line six times about the line going into the eye of your hook, lure or swivel. Locate the first loop you made when you passed the line through the hook twice.
Step 3
Push the loose end of the line through the loop that you first created. Moisten your Trilene knot using water or spit to make sure it slides with ease when you're ready to tighten it.
Step 4
Pull on the loose end as well as the part of the line where your six wraps end to tighten the Trilene knot. Trim the loose end back with the line clippers so only 1/8 inch sticks out.

Clinch Knot

Step 1
Send the loose end of your fishing line into the eye of the tackle.
Step 2
Wrap your loose end around the line going into the eye, doubling back from the eye with the line to create six wraps. Hold these six loops in place with the thumb on the hand with which you hold your hook, swivel or lure.
Step 3
Send the loose end into and through the loop that you fashioned with your first wrap around the line. Look next to the eye and you will locate this loop. Pass the line through, lubricate the knot and then pull it tight as you slide the loops down the line at the same time, using your thumb.
Step 4
Snip the loose end where it projects from the knot to 1/8 inch.

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