When it comes time to learn how to tie a fishing hook, lure or anything else on the end of your line, you want to choose something that will be strong enough to hold against the fish you wish to catch. Because there are so many types of fishing knots, there may be more than one best fishing knot for each situation.
The below fishing knots are tested and proven to offer at least 90 percent of the original line strength when tying tackle (lures, swivels, sinkers, bobbers, etc.) to a line. You don't have to learn all of them. But sometimes learning a complicated knot can be challenging and rewarding. First, learn how to tie a fishing hook with some of the basic knots that allow you to simply enjoy your hobby.
If you are looking for the best fishing knots for securing your line to a lure, swivel, clip, or artificial fly, consider learning the popular Improved Clinch Knot. It offers up to 95 percent of the original line strength. The key is to make five turns of the tag end around the standing end before running the tag end back through the formed loop.
Some anglers think Palomar knots are the best fishing knots for light fishing lines (especially braided line which will not pull out of this knot) as they retain much of the original line strength. Learn how to tie a fishing hook with this knot and see what you think.
Over 95 percent in strength, the palomar knot is good for lines up to 20 pound test. Because it's double-run through the lure or hook eye, knotted, and then looped over the hook or lure, it may tangle easier. But it's still a favorite knot of many anglers.
Some consider the uni knot to be the best fishing knot for tying an eyed hook to a leader. Don't be afraid to cut the end short with this knot. It'll hold. These fishing knots are great to learn because they work well with braided or monofilament fishing line, and can be used to tie lines of unequal diameter together.
Non-slip loop knots create a fixed loop so a hook can move freely. It is best with larger lines where a tight knot, such as the Improved Clinch can impede hook, bait or lure movement.
Snelling means tying the knot away from the eye of the hook. These fishing knots work well for any type of fishing to increase strength and improve catch rates with bigger fish.
A spade hook has no eye. So you have to tie a knot next to the flat, bent end of the hook shank. Spade hooks are small. So don't worry, it will hold.
The spade end version relies on the same method as above, but you don’t have to pass the main line through the loop because there is no loop.
Now that you’ve learned how to tie a fishing hook with various fishing knots, you’re ready to build a fishing rig at the end of your line.
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