How Do You Tie a Knot on a Fishing Line?

Tying a knot on a fishing line is an important skill for any angler. It’s essential for attaching lures and other tackle to the line, as well as securing the end of the line when making loops or attaching a hook. There are many different types of knots, but the most commonly used knots are:

Improved Clinch Knot:

The improved clinch knot is a basic and reliable knot that is easy to tie and can be used in a variety of fishing scenarios. To begin, take the tag end of your line (the short piece) and pass it through the eye of your hook or lure.

Wrap the tag end around your main line 5-6 times before passing it through the loop that was created when you first passed it through the eye. Moisten with saliva or water, then pull both ends of your line tight to cinch up your knot.

Palomar Knot:

The Palomar Knot is another popular fishing knot that is easy to tie and provides excellent strength. Start by doubling over your fishing line and passing it through the eye of your hook or lure, creating a loop at the bottom of your double line. Take that loop and pass it back up over itself and around all remaining strands before passing it back down through the loop you made originally.

Surgeon’s Loop:

The Surgeon’s Loop is often used when attaching a leader to your mainline or making loops in your flyline. Start by forming an overhand loop in one end of your fishing line then pass the tag end back through that same loop twice. Next, moisten with saliva or water and pull both ends tight to cinch up this knot.


Knowing how to properly tie a knot on a fishing line can be invaluable for any angler. While there are many different types of knots available, three common knots are: Improved Clinch Knot, Palomar Knot and Surgeon’s Loop. With practice you’ll be able to tie these knots quickly and confidently every time!

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Lindsay Collins