Loop knots are meant to have open loops where you can tie a line to the end of a rig or to make an interconnecting system for attaching tackle parts. Additionally, these knots are used so the line or leader won’t impair the action of the lure, for example with “walk-the-dog” artificial lures that “swim” back and forth.

Surgeon’s Loop (Skill Level - Easy)

An illustration of the surgeon’s loop, one of many popular loop knots

These loop knots will use more line than most. It can feel bulky, but is great for making quick, strong loops at the end of lines and leaders for connecting to other loops.

  1. Fold over the tag end of line
  2. Using both strands, create a double overhand knot
  3. Pull up carefully on both ends as well as the middle loop

Figure-Eight Loop (Skill Level - Easy)

Steps to create loop knots such as the figure-eight loop

Figure-eight loop knots are easy to tie and are often used on multi-hook fishing lines. Use this knot to make a loop in the middle of your line to attach a hook or another rig.

  1. Fold over the tag end of line forming a double line (leaving lots of extra line)
  2. Then create a figure-eight bend with the two lines, ending by going through the first loop
  3. As with the Surgeon's Loop, pull tight on the loop and both tag ends

In-Line Dropper (Skill Level - Intermediate)

An illustration of an in-line dropper, one of the loop knots for tying knots in the middle of your line

Use this knot to make a loop in the middle of your line to attach a hook or another rig. These loop knots are often used on multi-hook fishing lines.

  1. Fold the line back over itself to make a loop
  2. Then twist the two overlapping line sections four or five times
  3. Pull the loop through this center twist
  4. Pull tight

Now that you’ve learned how to tie fishing knots such as loop knots and line joining knots, you’re ready to build a fishing rig at the end of your line.