5 Fishing Knots You Should Know

If you are going to enter the world of fishing, then you need to be prepared with some of the best and most unique fishing knots. Yep, no knot is the same in fishing and actually there are 100s of different examples. But, when it comes to fishing the knot connects your lure to your line. It is important.

Knots are very similar to lures and that a good knot in one condition is not good for another. Most anglers simply just use the same ole knot that their grandfather taught them, however, there are many different kinds of knots out there. The knot that has been passed down generations, may not be the very best knot for your circumstances.

The Palomar Knot

The Palomar knot can be used with just about any size line and is considered the workhorse of knots in the angler family. It offers a very smooth transition from line to lure and works well for just about any larger lure, jig, crankbaits, Trexas-rigs, and frogs.

To make this knot you first start bypassing the string or line through the loop of the lure and then back through the same hole in the reverse direction. This will form a loop, which you will then tie an overhand knot with the doubled lines. Then feeding the hook through the loop that the knot makes and pulling the tail end to cinch it. You can then trim the tail.

Loop knot

This is exactly as it sounds, it leaves a loop near the lure. This loop allows your lure to freely move about. This is a great knot for jerk baits, topwater poppers, and walk the dog style baits because it maximizes the action of the baits. To begin this knot you will take the line and begin to tie a basic overhand knot, leaving about 4″ of the tail on the one side. Pull this until you are left with a small loop.

Then put your lure on the tail end and take the tail end and put it through the loop you have just made. This will allow the tag end and the mainline to both going in the same direction. Wrap the tail end around the mainline three to five times. Put the tail end through the original loop that the lure is on and pull tight.

Improved Clinch Knot

This is a wonderful all-purpose knot that has been one that many learned from their grandpa. This is a very common knot that can be used in various ways and is perfect for those spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits, and anything that is deep diving.

Snell Knot

This is an extremely strong knot that can be used for those baits that are going to be tossed about a bit. The knot, when complete, is secured to the shaft of the hook or bait which adds a level of strength to be used for pitching and flipping.

Albright Knot

As fishermen are using braided superline more and more due to its amazing strength, it’s visibility gives the fishermen away. This is where the Albright knot can help. This knot is made to tie common fishing line to the braided superline with ease.


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