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Best Fishing Knots: 5 Simple Knots for Beginners

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When you are fully geared to set on your first angling trip with our various tips ,do not let the wrong knots spoil your exciting experience. Your adroitness and dexterity with tying the right knots correctly is the last and final lesson before you set out to begin your fishing journey. Worry not, as we have got you sorted with our list of the best fishing knots that you should know about to set out for fishing.

Also read “ Fishing for Beginners – Lure Basics to learn the different types of lures.

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Knot Applications

Tying a knot is a vital skill that largely dictates the rate of success with your prized catch. Over a period of time you will settle on a few favourite knots which you can tie expertly and also give you confidence of not coming off. As you progress to an being advanced angler you should know which knot to use in which scenario, however that is for another time. Right now back to basics of applications of knots. Some of them are:

  • Line to Hook – Most common application as in almost all the bait fishing applications, the line has to be tied directly to the hook.
  • Line to Snap or Split Ring – Another common application when casting lures. The line is either tied to a snap which is then used on the lure or to a split ring attached to the nose of the lure.
  • Line to Lure – Not very common however there are situations where lines can be tied directly to nose of lures
  • Line to Leader – Again common application inshore and offshore fishing where there are rocky structures or toothy fish. A strong leader is required to be tied to the end of the line to sustain wear and tear.
  • Line to Line – In situations where different dimensions of line has to be used, for example when a less poundage line is used as a backing so that the reel can hold more length of the line.
  • Leader to Hook, Snap, Split Ring or Lure – Same as above where instead of the line, the leader is being attached to the terminal tackle.

Related: Read all about fishing line basics for beginners and understand the different types of lines and leaders and their application.

Knot Problems

Knot Slip: The worst thing to happen when fighting a prized catch is for the knot to come off. Knots can slip and open up esp. under high stress when fighting big fish. The sheer force can lead them to open up. Anglers typically wet the knot area using their saliva before tightening it, esp. monofilament lines and fluorocarbon leaders. This is done so that the wetness can bring the knots closer and hold it tighter.

Poorly tied: Sometimes its not the lack of experience or skill, it could be a pressure situation when the fish are biting and you are hurriedly tying a knot to change your lure or hook or whatever the reason may be.

Knot breakage: Knots weaken the line and are at high risk of breaking under huge pressure. Therefore its always advisable to cut off the line or the leader if changing the knot or hooks. Always start from a fresh end of the line which has not been tied before.

Losing respect from peers and seniors: Mastering knots is all the more important to learn if you want to go in a group seasoned anglers. The last thing that they would want is a rookie asking around the group to tie his or her knots. That is a surefire way to not being invited again in the group. On the other hand, tying knots with precision will earn you the respect of your group and they will share more information with you.

Out of the numerous types of knots, learn about the five simplest and strongest fishing knots for beginner and you are good to go on your first angling vacation!

Know these 5 Best Fishing Knots

Palomar Knot 

Strong, reliable, and easy to tie, the Palomar knot is one of the most popular among anglers. It resists slipping and works best with braided fishing lines.

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Palomar knot tutorial. Source

Uni Knot

Also known as Hangman’s knot or Grinner Knot, the Uni knot is the most versatile and dependable. It can be used to fasten the line to the hook or lure and to tie together two fishing lines. The Uni knot is a safe bet as it can be used in almost all fishing situations.

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Uni knot tutorial Source

Surgeon’s Knot

The Surgeon’s Knot or Double Surgeon’s knot is also one of the easiest and best knots to fasten two fishing lines with the same or different diameters. The knot can withstand about 90-95% line strength of stress.

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Surgeon’s Knot tutorial. Source

Improved Clinch Knot

The Improved Clinch Knot is a time-tested and the most widely used fishing knot. Most of the anglers, whether novice or seasoned, will know how to tie this knot. Though it is a reliable knot to secure your hook, lure, or swivel, it is not recommended for braided fishing lines.

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Clinch Knot tutorial Source

Spider Hitch Knot

The Spider Hitch Knot is a quick and easy way to form a double line. Although it is not a popular knot, owing to its pros,it makes to the top five list for beginners. This knot is perfect for heavier hooks. The double line provides extra security while battling with a struggling fish.

Spider hitch knot tutorial. Source

Fishing as a sport can be fun if you have geared and skilled yourself suitably. As Harry Middleton once said, “Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.” So, set up your fishing kit, load up your tackle box, and venture into your angling retreat. Knot the line correct with these best fishing knots and see yourself pulling out those monsters successfully.

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