Fishing Knots

     The average angler needs perhaps no more than three or four basic knots, but the knot can make all the difference  between boating a big fish, or losing it.  I suggest that you select only those few knots that are of the greatest use to you, and practice, practice, practice tying them until they become second nature to you.  It is most important that you use knots that can be tied in an easily remembered manner.  There is little point using a knot that can only be tied by reference to a book.

Knots For Attaching Hooks & Lures
There are many good knots for attaching hooks.  Here are some I can recommend.

The Clinch Knot

The Jansik Special

The Palomar Knot

The Hangman's Knot

The Scaffold Knot

Turle Knot

Snelling A Hook

Joining Line To Line

     There are two top grade knots used to join one line to another, where these are approximately of the same thickness. These are the Blood Knot and the Hangman's Knot - also called the Uni Knot by the International Game Fish Association.

     When the diameters are very dissimilar, either the Surgeon's Knot should be used, or the thinner line
should be doubled where the knot is formed.

The Blood Knot

The Surgeon's Knot

 Knots For Making Loops
Loops are made for the purpose of attaching leaders, traces or other terminal tackle.

The Surgeon's End Loop

The Blood Bight Knot

The Dropper Loop


Float Stop
Here's a knot for making a float stop on your line.

The Float Stop

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Dave Dawson
Last updated: 03/16/05