The proper knot is essential when attaching a hook to fishing line. According to the Take Me Fishing website, a simple overhand knot, the same type most people use as they tie their shoelaces, will weaken fishing line by as much as 50 percent when employed to attach a hook. This becomes a factor when an angler gets a large fish on the line. Certain knots are excellent for tying hooks to the line and the experienced angler utilizes them to insure he catches those big fish.
Improved Clinch Knot
The improved clinch knot, as the name suggests, is a variation of another common fishing knot--the clinch knot. The angler will attach a hook to her line using this knot on lines that are up to 20 lb. test lines. The important thing to remember when someone ties this knot is to make sure he completes five separate wraps around the standing end of the line with the tag end of the line.
Standing end and tag end are knot-tying terms that refer to that portion of line coming from the reel and that portion of line utilized to tie the knot, respectively. Once the five wraps are complete, which forms a clinch knot, the improved clinch knot requires the tag end to go back through the loop formed by this action. This knot gives the line an estimated 95 percent of its original strength when properly executed.
The Palomar knot has gained popularity with anglers over the years, since it too retains much of the line strength when correctly tied. The Palomar knot does need more line to tie than most fishing knots, since the first move is to double the line and send it through the eye portion of the hook.
Palomar knots require practice on the part of the angler, but once mastered, will be very helpful when fishing for species such as walleye or catfish. As with all fishing knots, the angler should trim back the tag end of a Palomar knot so that it will not stick out and snag any vegetation in the water.
The Animated Knots by Grog website states that the Trilene knot is a high-strength knot that will hold up under stress. The Trilene knot is one that in its initial stages sends the tag end through the hook not once, but twice, before wrapping around the standing end as many as six times. The Trilene knot finishes with the angler passing the tag end though the loop from the first steps and pulling the knot taut. In addition to hooks, the Trilene knot can attach monofilaments to lures as well as swivels.