Fishing line, at first glance, appears to be no more than a long length of synthetic line that an angler uses to catch fish. However, there is more to a line than that, especially when it is rigged for fishing. When it comes time to spool the line onto a reel and attach either a hook or lure, there are now components that are a part of the line. How these components work together with the line provide a solid platform for casting, retrieving and catching the big one.
The Arbor Knot
The Arbor knot is used by many anglers for attaching fishing line to a reel. The knot is tied by wrapping the line around the spool with 5 or 6 inches of the free end extending past the spool. An overhand knot is tied with the free end so that the loop goes around the main line. Another overhand knot is tied below the first one and the whole thing is pulled down tight around the spool.
This is a strong knot that has proved itself to hold when the line runs out and the shock of the extended line hits the knot.
The Surgeon's Knot
When you need to connect two lengths of monofilament line together, such as the main line and leader, try using the Surgeon's knot. Without a specialized knot, it is almost impossible to get two lengths of slippery monofilament to stay together.
The Surgeon's knot is tied by overlapping the end of two lines for about 6 inches. Simply form a loop with the doubled lines and feed the leader length and free end of the main line through the loop. Wrap the free end of the main line and leader length around the loop three or four times and then pull tight. This is a very strong and durable knot that will typically hold during hook setting, playing and landing of a fish.
The Improved Clinch Knot
Everything is set up and it is time to tie on a hook or lure. You think you tied a good knot only to have the lure or hook pull off the line. An excellent terminal, or end, knot for lures and hooks is the Improved Clinch knot.
This knot is tied by simply passing 5 or 6 inches of line through the eye of the hook or lure. Make a few wraps around the main line with the free end, pass the free end back down through the little loop formed above the eye and then back through the larger loop on the side and you are done. This knot is great for everything from small mountain trout to largemouth bass and saltwater game fish species.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.