Guide to Tying Fishing Hooks

Guide to Tying Fishing Hooks
Your fishing hook is nothing without a strong knot tying it to the fishing line. The best knots for tying fishing hooks will get stronger as tension is added to them, ensuring your hook won't slip off the line. A common fishing line knot that is also regarded as the strongest knot used to tie fishing lines is the palomar knot. It is easy to use and can be tied in darkness with practice.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hook Fishing line
  • Hook
  • Fishing line
Step 1
Double over the fishing line and push the end of the doubled-over line through the eye of the hook. Keep pushing until the other side produces a loop large enough to easily handle.
Step 2
Tie the doubled-over line into an overhand knot. This is the first knot you tie when tying your shoelaces and consists of taking one end of the line, wrapping it around the other end of the line, and pulling both ends. The hook should dangle from the bottom of the loop made by the knot.
Step 3
Create a loop at the end of the doubled-over line large enough to pass your hook through.
Step 4
Bring the entire hook through the loop.
Step 5
Tighten the knot by pulling the line tied to the hook and the line running from the knot to the fishing rod.
Step 6
Cut off any extraneous string hanging after the knot.

Tips & Warnings

Wet the line with saliva before tightening the knot. This will make the hold tighter and stronger.
Be careful when handling the fishing hook. In addition to its sharp end, it may also have a barb in the curve of the hook that can cut your skin. Supervise any child handling a hook.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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