How To Tie Knots For Fishing
Learning how to tie knots for fishing is very important if you want to be a successful angler. There are many knots and some serve specific purposes for all types of situations whether fishing fresh or saltwater. The following are some basic knots one should know how to tie for fishing.
To learn how to tie knots for fishing, you will need:
- Nail clipper or small fly tying scissors
- Attach a fishing line or backing to a reel spool with the arbor knot. Begin by taking the end of your line or backing and winding it around the spool twice. Take the end and make a simple overhand knot. Tighten it and then make another overhand knot around the standing line close to the first knot. Pull the line to tighten the knots against the spool and use clippers to trim the end of the line.
- Make an Albright knot when tying two knots of different sizes together. Form a loop with the end of the thicker line. Pass the end of the thinner line through the loop and wind it around the loop 10 times. Take the end of the line and pass it through the loop the same way it was entered. Moisten and pull the knot tight. Trim the end.
- Join two lines of the same size together with the blood knot. Overlap the two ends of the line. Wind one end around the other end six times. Run the end back between the lines. Take the other end and repeat the step. Pass the line back in the opposite direction. Moisten the knot and tighten. Trim the ends close to the knot.
- Learn to tie an improved clinch knot when connecting a fishing line to a hook, lure or fly. Take the tippet and pass it through the eye of the fly's hook. Make six turns around the standing line and pass the end through the loop. Take the end and run it under the final turn. Moisten, tighten and clip the end close to the hook eye. You can practice this knot with any type of fly.
- Adapt the uni knot to many purposes, including connecting hooks, swivels and lures with a loop and joining two lines. If necessary, this versatile knot can take the place of many other knots. To tie it to a hook, pass the end of the line through the hook eye and form a loop beside the standing end. Wrap the end around the standing line inside the loop five times. Moisten and pull the knot tight against the eye. Trim the end.
- Make a surgeon's loop when you want to make a loop to loop connection. It is a simple knot to tie and one you should know when learning how to tie knots for fishing. Start by forming a loop at the end of the line. With the loop, tie an overhand knot and pass the loop through a second time. Moisten and pull the knot tight. Trim the end.
- Learn to tie the Perfection Loop. It is a strong and useful for tying a loop at the end of a leader or tippet. Aside from being strong, it can be formed to make a very small loop, if necessary. Start by making a loop at the end of the line. Pass the end around the standing end loop to create a parallel loop. Pass the end between the loops and then pass the second loop through the first. Moisten and pull tight on the second end and the new loop. Trim the end.
Once you have learned how to tie knots for fishing, you should be able to adapt to any situation you come upon whether it is a stream, lake or ocean.