QUICK GUIDE TO THE ESSENTIAL FISHING KNOTS
Know your fishing knots better with this short guide.
If you don’t know knots, tie lots. That’s the old cop-out for not bothering to add a handful of fishing knots to your line-tying repertoire. The truth is, you only need to learn a few knots to get you through most fishing scenarios so there’s no need to resort to rudimentary tactics.
Here are five common knots and a description of their applications. For detailed tying instructions check out the online clips. Don’t forget to pause or reset the videos if you’re tying as you watch.
The loop knot is a simple and versatile knot for tying lures, hooks, and jigs to a fishing line. The loop allows more freedom and movement and a there are number of variations that work well.
UNI AND DOUBLE UNI KNOT
The uni and double uni knots are universal knots that can cover just about any fishing situation. From tying on hooks to joining lines, if you only learn one knot, this is the one to know.
If you’re chasing big sports fish on anything above 20lb line, the FG knot is a must for your line-tying repertoire. The FG knot is a tension knot in which the braid wraps and grips around the leader. This results in a smooth low profile bind that slides through guides with ease. The FG knot is fast proving to be the strongest braid to leader knot out there.
The Bimini Twist is a popular knot among tropical and offshore sports fishers looking to increase the strength of their mainline for knot tying purposes. The Bimini Twist essentially doubles the breaking strain of the mainline and delivers greater knot binding and strength.
IMPROVED ALBRIGHT KNOT
There are a few variations on the Improved Albright knot but this demonstration shows a reliable way to tie it. This knot is great for tying braid to leaders and is especially useful on light lines and finesse fishing applications. It’s a good idea to switch over to the FG knot for heavier leaders in excess of 20lb.
These knots will virtually cover all fishing scenarios, so kick back one evening, and ensure that you learn them. Although the learning process can be difficult and tedious, once you get the tying down pat, it will become second nature.
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