The strength of your fishing line depends a lot on your ability to tie good knots. There are many different kinds of knots. Some attach line to a hook, lure or swivel; others are used to tie fishing line to fishing line. Anglers who learn these knots are more likely to use the right knot in a given situation.
Anglers can attach lures, hooks and other tackle to their lines with a uni knot. Although this knot also can connect one fishing line to another fishing line, the relative ease with which it can be tied makes it a good one for attaching tackle.
The strength of a trilene knot also makes it a fine one for joining tackle to monofilament. The trilene knot seldom slips or fails and when tied correctly allows the line to retain much of its original strength.
The clinch knot and the improved clinch knot are frequently used fishing knots that work best on monofilament lines that are less than 12 lb. test.
Use the Palomar knot on braided superlines and fluorocarbon lines.
Fishermen who depend heavily on lures often use Rapala knots to connect lines to their favorite lures. The Rapala knot allows lures to move freely and helps make the presentation appear more natural.
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Anglers who need to tie two lines with similar diameters to each other often choose the blood knot. There are various versions of this knot; all are relatively easy to learn and employ.
Fly fishermen will sometimes tie a drooper loop in their line to have the ability to add another fly to their line.
One of the advantages of the nail knot--a knot used to join lines with different diameters--is its ability to slip through the guides on a fishing rod with ease when you cast out your line.
The double surgeon loop also excels as a knot that joins two lines that differ somewhat in size.
The arbor knot, named after that part of the fishing reel the line spools around, is useful when you need to put new line on your reel. After passing the line through the rod guides, you can use an arbor knot to secure the line to the reel before spooling the new line on.
A snell knot is used to attach a hook right to a leader. This knot also maintains the strength of the fishing line.