Ways to Tie a Fishing Line to the Hook

Ways to Tie a Fishing Line to the Hook
There are three relatively easy knots that anglers can learn to secure hooks to the end of a fishing line snugly. Knowing a variety of knots can allow a fisherman to tie her hook and not have to worry about the knot coming undone during the course of her fishing. Three of the most reliable knots are the Palomar knot, the Trilene knot and the clinch knot.


The Palomar knot is a good knot to use when tying hooks to braided superlines, which are prone to knot slippage. It will not slip and is easy to tie with some practice. The Palomar knot begins with the line being looped at its end and this loop being threaded through the eye of the hook. A simple overhand knot is then made with the loop. The loop that comes out of that step is then brought up and passed over the entire hook, clearing the point, bend, and shank. The line running to the pole and the loose end are then pulled tightly to close the knot. Any extra line is snipped away.


The clinch knot works well on monofilament line and is the simplest the three discussed. It works best on line that is less than 12-pound test. The clinch knot starts with the line going through the eye and then doubling back to be wrapped five separate turns around the "standing line," which is the line coming from the pole and into the eye of the hook. After completing the five loops, the angler takes the end of the line and threads it through the loop that was initially made right next to the hook's eye. He pulls this tight as he slides the five loops down the standing line toward the eye, completing the knot and trimming extra line.


The Trilene knot is best for monofilament line and has a tendency to prevent slippage. It also helps the line remain strong, as the end of the line, or "tag end," is passed twice through the eye of the hook. After that, the line is wrapped around the standing end no fewer than five times. The tag end goes through the loop formed next to the eye, similar to what occurs in the clinch knot and it is then pulled tight. When trimming the tag end of a Trilene knot the individual should leave about an eighth of an inch of line showing out of the knot.

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