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Types of Fishing Knots

October 4, 2016

The right knot is important.  You want the strongest knot possible so that you don’t lose the fish.  The “tag end” (sometimes called the “working end”) is the end of the line used to tie the knot.  The “standing end” is that part of the line coming from your fishing reel.

  1. Wet knots with saliva as you pull them tight.  This prevents damage to the line and allows the knot to pull tight.

  2. Pull knots tight to prevent slippage. A good knot, pulled tight, will not come loose.

  3. Trim knots closely with a nail clipper. Close trimming prevents the knot from catching snags or weeds.

  4. Pull up all ends when tightening the knot.

Remember: A good knot, pulled tight, will not come loose.

Remember: Do not burn the tag end – heat damages the line and knot.



Types of Knots


The Blood Knot

The Blood Knot is a type of knot used by anglers to join two fishing lines.



The Clinch Knot

The Clinch Knot is used for securing a fishing line to the fishing lure, but can also affix fishing line to a swivel, or clip. This is a common knot used by anglers because of its simple tie and strong hold.




The Surgeon’s Knot

The Surgeon’s Knot, is easy to tie and is useful to join two lines of moderately unequal size, e.g., a tippet to a leader. It is usually used to join two pieces of mono filament.



The Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is a general purpose connection used in joining fishing line to swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures. The double wrap of the line through the eyelet provides a protective cushion for added knot strength.




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