How To Tie Fishing Knots
Tying a fishing knot is an important and essential skill of fishing. The knot is the most critical link between you and the fish. It is vital to your fishing success to know how to tie knots correctly as well as which knot to use in which scenario. The below are links to animated how to’s and tips on the most important fishing knots. By learning a few basic knots and how to tie them correctly will increase your success during the season.
Before diving into the types of knots you should learn, let’s take a look at the basics of knot tying, because it is often poorly tied knots that cause anglers the most problems.
The first thing to remember when tying knots is to moisten the line, before you begin tying it. This reduces friction and increases the chances of your knot being tied as tightly as possible.
Take your time tying the knot to ensure it is done properly. You don’t want to lose the fish of a lifetime because your knot was tied incorrectly.
KNOTS TO KNOW
There are literally dozens of useful fishing knots that anglers can learn to tie, but the best strategy is to learn three or four knots that best suit your fishing needs. Here is a list of knots that are among the most frequently used. For animated details on how to tie each one click here.
IMPROVED CLINCH – This is among the easiest knots to tie. It is strong and dependable. It is mainly used to tie a hook or lure to the line. Every angler should know how to tie it. A variation of this knot is the Trilene knot.
PALOMAR – This is a popular knot, especially with bass anglers. It is extremely strong and fairly easy to tie. Like the improved clinch, it is used to tie line to a hook.
UNI SLIP – This is another knot used to tie the line to the hook. It is often used by saltwater anglers, because of its strength. It is not too difficult to tie and is a good knot to have in your arsenal.
YUCATAN – This knot is used to join to sections of line. Not all anglers will need this, but it is a must you ever want to connect to pieces of line. It is strong and quite easy to tie.
J-KNOT – If you are connecting two different lines with a significant difference in diameter, this is a great choice. It is fairly complex to tie, but it is very effective.
LOOP – The loop knot is a good choice for tying line directly to a lure. It allows the lure to move more freely in the water, compared to other knots. It takes some practice, but it will be worth your time.
ARBOR – Not many anglers think about the importance of tying a good knot when it comes to tying their line to the reel. The arbor knot is the best choice for this connection. It is easy to tie and will hold well.
Taking the time to learn and practice a few basic knots before the season begins will help ensure that you do not lose fish due to knot failure. For knots that are tied less frequently, it is a good idea to carry an instruction card in your tackle box, so you are ready to tie them, if needed.
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