Fishermans Knot

3 FISHING KNOTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

THE FISHERMANS KNOT

This is a common and useful knot that serves as a versatile way of tying tackle at the end of your fishing line. It’s recommended that you lubricate the line by putting the knot in your mouth before pulling it tight. This makes the knot significantly stronger. Here are the steps:

• First, insert the end of your fishing line through the eye of the hook.
• Next, double back on the standing line and loop it around five times.
• After doing the 2nd step, you need to bring the line back to the initial loop and thread the line through it from behind the eye of the hook.
• Once that’s done, thread the line through the large loop and pull the end of your line slightly so that the coils tighten. Then pull on the standing line so that the coils will be tight and neat.
• Cut the excess end line and presto, you’ve got yourself a fisherman’s knot.

Palomar KnotPalomar Knot

PALOMAR KNOT

This knot is the go-to knot among Bass anglers and fishos who use braided lines. It works well with monofilament lines too, which is great because braided lines can be challenging to make knots with.

• Start by threading the line again through the eye of the piece of tackle you’re attaching it to. Afterwards, do it one more time so that you end up with a 4″-6″ of double line.
• Next, tie an overhand knot in the double line and let your hook hang loose. Make sure not to let the line twist and tighten it too much.
• Then, you need to pull the loop of line over your piece of tackle.
• Finish it by tightening the knot. Pull the tag end and hold the static line. Clip the tag, and you’re all done.

Carp Fishing Blood Knot

BLOOD KNOT

This knot is very effective when you need to tie two pieces of fishing lines together. Just make sure not to use it to tie a leader to a fly line; a nail knot will serve that purpose better. When your lines are similar in length or have the same diameter, that’s the perfect time to use the blood knot.

• First, lay out your two lines. Make sure they’re facing in opposite directions of each other. Pick one line and wrap it around the other three to four times. Take note that the lines have to be more or less, of the same diameter.
• Next, you have to thread the end of the line through the V that is formed by the two lines.
• Repeat the first and 2nd step. After that, thread the second end through the “V” and make sure it points in the opposite direction of the first line.
• Once you’ve done that, gently pull on the standing lines until the knot comes together. Before you tighten it, lubricate it in your mouth to make the knot stronger.
• Cut the tag ends, and you’re done.

Now that you’ve learned how to do these three basic knots, you will, more or less, be ready to fish to your heart’s content. Tying knots take a lot of practice, and you’ll also need strength to guarantee a tight knot. As with everything, practice will allow you to master knot tying. The next thing you know, you can tie these knots blindfolded. Once you’ve mastered these basic knots, challenge yourself and learn the other knots as well. This will give you more flexibility in different fishing situations.


 

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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.