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Useful and Popular Fishing Knots: Sharpen Your Fishing Skills

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018
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Albright Knot

The Albright Knot is most commonly used for joining monofilament lines of unequal diameters, for creating shock leaders and when Bimini Twist is tied in the end of

light casting line. It is also use to connect monofilament to wire.

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Bend a loop in the tag end of the heavier line and hold between

thumb and forefinger of the left hand. Insert the tag end of the lighter line through loop from the top.

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Slip tag end of lighter line under your left thumb and pinch it tighter against the heavier strands of the loop. Wrap the first turn of the lighter loop over itself and contiue wrapping toward the round end of the loop. Take at least 12 turns with the lighter line around all 3 strands.

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Insert tag end of the lighter line through end of loop from the bottom. It must enter and leave the loop on the same side.

With the thumb and forefinger of the left hand, slide the coils of the lighter line towards the end of the loop, stop 1/8 inch from end of loop. Using pliers pull tage end of lighter line tight to keep coils from slipping off the loop.

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With the left hand still holding the heavier line pull on the standing part of the lighter line. Pull the tag end of the lighter line and the standing part a second time. Pull the standing part of the heavy mono and the standing part of the light line.

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Trim both tag ends.

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Arbor Knot

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The Arbor Knot provides the angler with a quick easy connection for attaching line to a reel spool.

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Pass line aroung reel arbor.

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Pull tight and snip off the access. snug down first overhand knot to the reel arbor.

 

Berkley Braid Knot

This knot has been extensively tested by the Berkley R&D; Staff and has proven to be one of the best for the new braided lines.

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Run double loop through eye of hook or lure.

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Loop around end of line and standing part of braided line 8 times. Thread double loop back through the eye and coils.

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Tighten knot with an even steady motion without hesitation. Trim double loop and end of braided line leaving 1/4 inches.

 

Double Surgeon’s Knot

This knot is a quick easy way of putting a loop in the end of a leader. It is used as part of a leader becuase of it’s strength.

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Double the tag end of the line and tie an overhand knot in the doubled line.

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Hold the tage end and the standing end of the line in your left hand and bring the loop around and insert throught the overhand knot.

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Moisten the knot and pull to tighten

 

Specialist’s Fly Knot

This knot is used to attach a fly to a leader.

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Place leader through fly eyelet and slide fly up the leader out of the way before starting the knot.

Make an oval loop and hold each end while wrapping the leader around the loop center 3 or 4 times.

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Stick end of leader through loop closest to fly and cinch knot tight

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Trim tag end then place the fly through the loop and pull snug

 

King Sling Knot

This knot is an easy to tie end slip knot which is primarily used as a connection for crank baits. The knot allows the bait to work freely, appearing more lifelike.

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Insert tag end of the line through the eye of the artificial bait so that it extends 8 to 10 inches.

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Hold the tag end nad the standing line in your left hand and make a loop.

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With the bait in your right hand make 4 turns around the tag end and standing line above the loop

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Bring Bait Down and Throught the loop

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To tighten, hold line above the loop length and pull the tag end and the standing line at the same time. Trim tag end.

Nail Knot

This knot used to tie a fly line to a fly line backing or for attaching a leader to a line.

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Hold nail or needle, tip of line, and backing between thumb and forefinger. Wrap backing 6 or 7 turns. Wind carefully for a smotth tight knot. Stick end of backing between nail and fly line.

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Remove nail. Holding coil carefully between thumb and forefinger, altenately pull both ends of backing with free hand to tighten.

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Snip off excess line.

Polamar Knot

This knot is a general purpose connection used in joining swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures.

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Double the line and forma loop 3 to 4 inches long. Pass the loop throught the hook’s eye.

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Hold standing line betweeen thumb and forefinger, grasp loop with free hand and form a simple overhand knot.

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Pass hook through loop and draw line while guiding loop over top of the eyelet

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Pull tag line to tighten and trim excess.

Trilene Knot

This knot is a general purpose connection used in joining swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures.

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Run end of line through eye of hook or lure then double back through eye a second time.

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Loop around standing part of line 5 or 6 times. Thread tag end back between eye and the coils.

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Tighten knot then trim off excess line.

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