It doesn't matter how good your fishing equipment is if you don't have the proper knowledge to keep it together. Attaching lures or hooks requires specific knots to get the job done. Fishing line is harder to deal with than rope or string. Specific knots have emerged to keep the slippery string tied. Without these specific techniques, not only is your catch at risk, but your gear is too.
The uni knot is essential for attaching hooks to fishing line. Begin by running the line through the hole at the top of the fish hook. Form a loop on the other end, than run the loose end over the original line and back through the loop. In the same fashion, add two more loops, running the line over the original length and back through the loop. Tighten the knot down against the hook.
Double Fisherman's Knot
The double fisherman's knot is used to attach two lengths of line. It is a remarkably strong knot that, when tightened, is almost impossible to undo. The basic concept is to take the two lines and tie a double overhand knot on to each other, than tighten the two knots against each other. A double overhand begins by creating a loop of line, with the other line running through its center. Then simply run the looped line through its own loop. Check out the picture for a better idea of how the two overhand knots interact.
The dropper loop is designed to add an additional attachment point to a line--for example, if you wished to attach another lure one foot up from the lure on the line's end. Fold the line into a loop. Where the line doubles up, insert a twig, pencil or matchstick. This will hold a small loop in place. Twist the loop around the line, creating looped bunches on either side of the twig. Finally, draw out the twig and pull the top of the loop down through the hole created. Tighten and you'll have your dropper loop.
Article Written By Louie Doverspike
Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.