Fishing knots allow you to properly tie your line to your hook, lure and other tackle.

These knots have been developed and tested thoroughly to assure tying ease and strength.

Each knot has a specific purpose. Before you learn any new knot, consider the following:

• The right knot is important. You want the strongest knot possible so that you don’t lose the fish.

A simple overhand knot weakens line by about 50 percent.

• Practice tying knots. Take a length of fishing line, a hook with the point cut off or buried into

a cork, and practice. Practice until you can tie each knot correctly.

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

knot to pull tight.

• Pull knots tight to prevent slippage.

• Trim knots closely with a nail clipper. A good knot, pulled tight, will not come loose.

Close trimming prevents the knot from catching snags or weeds. Do not burn the tag end –

heat damages the line and knot.

• Knots have their own terminology. 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.

• Leave a foot or more of the "tag end" of line for tying knots so that you can tie them properly.

• Pull up all ends when tightening the knot. With some knots this will be only the standing end

and tag end; with other knots it might be three or four ends.

• Knots are rarely as strong as the line. Knot strength is often expressed in percent, such as the

percentage of the strength of the line at which the knot (weaker than the line) will break.

As an example, a knot testing 90 percent will break at nine pounds of tension in a line testing


There are several types of knots. These knots are especially good for nylon monofilament,

the most commonly used line for all fishing.