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Fishing Knots You Need To Know
It’s no secret that one of the most essential techniques you’ll ever need to know when it comes to mastering the art of fishing is the knots you use. Whether you’re tying your fishing line back together after a break, or securing weighs, hooks, or bait to your line, the knots you’ll be using are vital.
However, due to the incredibly vast number lines and attachments out there, there’s not just one knot out there to rule them all, but instead many that can be used in different situations, so your best bet is to master them all,
To help you get off on the right foot, here are the top eight fishing knots you need to know to treat yourself to the best experience.
1. Turle Knot
Starting off small and sweet, a Turle knot is used when you’re using thin hooks with an even thinner line. It’s also one of the easiest knots to master and is a great one to practice when you’re looking to get the hang of tying knots.
All have to do is pass the line through the eye of your hook, and then double overhand knot it. Make sure you pull everything tightly and trim off any excess line you have laying around that could get in the way.
When you pull the line, the knot should automatically tighten around the head of the hook, rather than somewhere else down the line.
2. Double Surgeon’s Loop
You would use a Double Surgeon Loop when trying to create a looped end to your line, making it easy to attach other accessories, or for hanging up your line, so you don’t have to fiddle around trying to find it when you’re ready to set up.
Just take the end of your line and fold it over, so you have two ends together. Now tie a single overhand knot. Through the hole you’ve just created, pass the loop through and pull everything tight.
3. Improved Clinch Knot
Perhaps the most important knot to remember when it comes attaching your fishing line to a hook, this knot is all about security and keeping everything in place. However, while very secure, this one is also one of the simplest to remember.
All you need to do is pass the line through your hook hole, coil it around the fishing rod side of your line about eight times, loop it back through the loop at the bottom above the hook, under the fold, and pull it tight!
4.The Spider Hitch Knot
The Spider Hitch is a rather complex knot, but if you’re planning on capturing some big and powerful fish, it’s one you’re going to need to know. The instructions for this can’t easily be put into words, so may want to look it up on YouTube or look for a picture on how to complete it. It’s essential if you’re fishing in saltwater environments.
5. The Double Uni Knot
You would use a Double Uni Knot to connect to pieces of line together in the most secure way possible, especially if you’re tackling heavier fish or using heavy accessories and need the security that your line won’t break.
This works similar to a Blood Knot (see below), but you perform the knot twice on two ends of the line, creating a double knot that gives you double the security of a Blood Knot.
6. Palomar Knot
Another need-to-know knot for tying your line to your hook, for this one, fold over your line, so it’s double thickness and then pushes this through the eye of your hook. Now tie a loose-ish overhand knot and then pass the line around the head of your hook.
Pull the line to tighten the knot quickly, and trim off any excess you may have sticking out the end, and your hook should be masterfully attached to your line within any risk of it flying off!
7. Tucked Sheet Bend
A Tucked Sheet Bend is used for securely attaching a leader loop, such a Double Surgeon’s Loop, or for attaching Snelled Hooks to your line if you’re using them. This one will take a little bit of practice, but it will all happen with practice.
Pass your line through the hook twice in order to create a loop that sits precisely next to your hook. Wrap the loop around the hook, so you create five or ten loops that look like a coil. Hold these coils with your finger, so they don’t move and pull the line up to create the knot.
8. A Blood Knot
A blood knot is a perfect choice when it comes to tying together two pieces of fishing line securely, especially if you’ve had to cut bits off, or you’ve experienced a snap. While this one can take a bit of practice to master, invest the time, and you’ll have it done in no time at all.
For this knot, you need to line up the two ends of each bit of line you want to tie together, each end measuring several inches in length. Now wrap one bit of line around the other about five times, and then do the same with the other end.
Bring both ends together and tie a knot, pulling each end tight until the knot is nice and secure.
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