5 Best Fishing Knots of All Time

By Salty Scales.

Knowing how to tie your fishing knots properly is one of the most crucial skills an angler should have. Novice anglers often bank on the most commonly known overhand knots. But an experienced angler never embarks upon a fishing expedition with such limited knowledge. It does not suffice to know which knot suits a specific situation the best, but you should also know which knot should you apply for tying the mainline with the hook and which knot would fit the best in joining the two lines together. There are several disadvantages of an improperly tied knot. An incorrectly tied knot is inherently weak and may end up breaking down the main fishing line. Another issue that anglers frequently face with such knots is its loose ends entangling with weeds or fishing poles.

To help you solve the problem of improperly tied fishing knots and, to help you determine which knots would fit your purpose the best, we have listed out the five best fishing knots of all time. We have also explained how you should tie them. However, before delving deeper into explaining each of these knots, we would like to provide a brief overview of some of the best practices in tying fishing knots.

  • It is always useful to lubricate the knot with water or saliva before you pull them tight. Lubrication minimizes the friction and keeps the strength of the fishing line intact.
  • Whenever you tie the knots, make sure to pull them taught. Pulling them tight mitigates the risk of slippages and loss of fish.
  • The third important thing to remember is that you should trim the end of the knots. It will bring it as close to the knot as possible. Long extra ends of the knot run the risk of entangling your fishing line at unwanted places.
  • For each knot, you should follow these best practices so that they produce the best possible result for your fishing trip.
  • Now, let us have a deep dive into each of the five best fishing knots of all time and how to tie them. We have written instruction below but have also included knot infographics for visual aid and knot tying videos to help you along the way. You will be tying like a professional in no time.

    Improved Clinch Knot

    An improved clinch knot is one of the most widely known fishing knots. Before moving into its applications and advantages, here is a quick look into how to tie one.

    How to Tie?

    You can tie an improved clinch knot in four easy steps. First, you need to pass the end of the line through the eye of the hook or the swivel. Once it has passed through, pull out about six inches of the line and double it back against itself with around five to seven twists. You need to pass the end of the line through the small loop formed just above the eye. Then make it through the big loop and ensure that the coils do not overlap with each other. Now that you have passed the line’s end through the loops, moisten and pull the tag end. Pull the mainline in a way that tightens it against the eye. Once it is tight at its maximum, trim off the excess.

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