Fishing Knots

Fishing Knots

Strong line and a proper rod, reel and lure system are key factors toward a successful fishing trip. However, these elements are just a piece of the overall puzzle, and a well-tied knot may be the most important of all.

Without a quality knot, these other components are irrelevant.We have provided information on a few of the more common and proven fishing knots – knots that we are confident will help you land your next trophy fish.

Line-to-Lure Knots

  • Improved Clinch Knot: Maybe the most well-known fishing knot of all, the improved clinch knot is time-tested and relatively easy to tie. While not generally recommended for use with braided lines, this knot is a great choice for monofilament or fluorocarbon lines.

  • Trilene Knot: Optimal for use with fluorocarbon or monofilament lines, the Trilene Knot is a proven and effective knot for tying lures, flies or terminal tackle to fishing line.

  • Uni Knot: Also known as the Grinner Knot or the Duncan Knot, the Uni Knot is a great all-around knot for connecting fishing line to a lure, fly or terminal tackle.While not generally recommended for use with braided lines, this knot is a great choice for monofilament or fluorocarbon lines.

  • Palomar Knot: The Polomar Knot is an extremely versatile and highly dependable knot that is easy to tie and can be used successfully with all types of lines, including braided line. The Polomar Knot can be used to connect fishing line to a lure, fly or terminal tackle. Be sure to seat and cinch all parts of the knot together, and moisten before cinching when using the knot with monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

  • Snell Knot: A versatile knot that can be used in a variety of angling situations, the Snell Knot is known for its straight-line pull and high hook-up ratio.While other knots can often kick a hook out during a hookset, the Snell Knot forces the line to be pulled straight up, therefore increasing hook penetration into the fish. The Snell Knot can be successfully used with a variety of types of fishing line, including braided line.

Line-to-Line Knots

  • Blood Knot: Though it works best with lines of similar diameter, the Blood Knot is a proven and reliable knot for joining together two sections of fishing line.

  • Surgeons Knot: The Surgeon’s Knot is among the most well-known and trusted knots for joining to pieces of fishing line together – regardless of line diameter or line type.

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