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Basic Fishing Knots You’ll Need To Know To Get Started

As a beginner in angling, most of the time, you only know a simple knot which is an overhand knot. I will tell you now that this is enough. You have to remember that different situations call for different knots as well. It will be better that you are armed with different basic fishing knots before you jump to your next angling trip.

Don’t worry. In this article, I will list down the basics knots, its procedures and where to use it.

1. The Improved Clinch Knot

This type of knot is the most common type of knot that is used by anglers because it is very simple and also has a strong hold. The purpose of this knot is securing your g your fishing line to a hook but you can also affix the fishing line to a swivel, clip or artificial fly. It is also considered as one of the oldest and best knots for this purpose, it retains about 90-95% of the line strength.

1. Get the fishing line then thread it through the hole of the hook. Make at least 6 to 7 wraps around the loose end of the line.

2. Next is to start threading the loose end of the line through the loop closest to the eye next is back around inside the loose section of line.

3. Tug both ends of the line until tight.

4. You can also cut or trim the loose end of the line if dim necessary.

2. The Double Surgeon’s Knot

It ranks as one of the best and easiest knots to tie for joining lines of equal or unequal lengths and weights. In fishing, its main use is to form a loop in the end of the fishing line. When it is properly tied, the knot achieves almost 100% line strength. It is also referred to as the double surgeon’s knot since it is actually a double overhand knot with the entire leader passing through the knot twice.

1. First step is to overlap the two lines by overlapping the fishing line making it a double line. Then make a single overhand knot.

2. Pass the loop through the hole in the overhand knot one more time.

3.Tighten both ends making it as compact as possible..

3. The Palomar Knot

The Palomar knot is regarded as one of the strongest and most reliable fishing knots. It is relatively easy and simple to tie this knot even in dark areas. It is best suited for securing hooks with braided fishing line.

1. Make a double line by overlapping the fishing line. Get the end loop and thread it through the eye of the hook.

2. Tie a loose overhand knot.

3. Pass the loop around the end of the hook.

4. Pull on the line to tighten.

5. Trim the loose end of the line if necessary.

4. Turtle Knot

This type of knot is used to secure a thin line to a small hook and for tying a hook or fly to a leader. It is named after a 19th-century English angler, Major William Greer Turtle but he did not claim to have invented it.

1. Thread the line through the eye of the hook, then tie a loose double overhand knot in the end of the line.

2.Pass the open loop over the hook and tighten the whole thread so that the loop tightens around the eye.

5. Blood Knot

The Blood Knot is a favorite knot for fly fishing. It is purposed is to join two lines of similar sizes like joining sections of leader or tippet. It will be stronger if you make at least 5 to 7 turns on each side of the center.

1. Get the two lines by overlapping each end with several inches, then start looping by wrapping the first line around the second at least five times.

2. Then you can wrap the second line around the first at least five times, and bring both loose ends back to the middle between the two lines.

3. Pull tight on each line until the knot is tightened then you can cut off the tag ends.

6. Wire Line to Mono Knot

The purpose of this is to attach the wire line to monofilament.

1. Fold four inches of wire line back over itself to form a bend at the end of the line.

2. Run your monofilament line through the middle of the bend, then wrap it once around the bottom of the bend.

3. With the monofilament, make seven close turns around both lines.

4. Pass the loose end of the monofilament above the center strand of monofilament and below the wire line, then pull snug.


You have to remember that the knots you tie are very useful to your success when learning how to fish. After all, your line is all that connects you to the fish you’re patiently waiting and eager to catch; no one wants to lose a potential catch due to a poorly tied (or chosen) knot, right? So, better to learn these basic knots above and now you can use them on your next angling trip!


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