5 Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

5 Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

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If you want to be a serious angler, you’ll need to learn to tie different types of knots. Each type has its own benefits and uses. In this infographic, we’ll show you how to tie five knots essential for your arsenal.

For each one, you’ll find a step-by-step guide, along with illustrations. Also, we included a couple of things to remember and the main use for each knot.

1. Improved Clinch Knot

The improved clinch fishing knot is used to tie line to a hook or a lure. This fishing knot is an easy and reliable terminal knot to tie when attaching a hook, swivel, or fly to your leader line or tippet. Many anglers like to use this knot when light tackle fishing or freshwater fly fishing because it's best suited for lines up to 20-pound test.

2. Palomar Knot

The Palomar knot is used to tie line to a hook or a lure. Some anglers think Palomar knots are the best types of fishing knots to use for light fishing lines (such as braided line) because they retain much of their original line strength.

3. Turle Knot

The Turle knot is used for tying line to hooks and lures, this fishing knot is for thin lines and small hooks. This terminal knot is one of the most commonly used fly fishing knots for connecting a small hook or fly to a thin leader line or tippet.

4. Blood Knot

The Blood knot is used to tie two lines together. It is best to use this fishing knot for lines of similar diameters. A blood knot  is two back to back clinch knots and is most used for joining sections of monofilament nylon line of similar weight while maintaining a high portion of the line's inherent strength.

5. Snell Knot

The snell knot is used to tiel a line to a hook. A Snell Knot is used to attach leader or fly-fishing tippet directly to a hook. This terminal fishing knot is often considered to be one of the strongest because of the way it evenly distributes friction.

Still, the whole infographic is brief enough to be used as a cheat sheet. You can download the 5 Fishing Knots guide to your phone or even print it out. That way, you’ll be sure to always have your rig ready and set up properly.

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We made the guides as easy to follow as possible. So, if you follow the steps correctly, you’ll get it right on the first try. However, if you lack finger agility or if the end result just doesn’t look right – keep trying.

Until you’ve mastered the five knots, keep a few hooks and some line nearby. Next time there’s a commercial break during a game, why not spend a couple of minutes practicing the knots? Soon enough, you’ll be able to tie them without even thinking about it!


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