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Knots 1 - The Fundamentals

fishing knots that will serve you well

Introduction

Here are some fundamental fishing knots fishermen should know. They are suited to tying hook or swivel & it is up to you to decide which to use. All knots shown here must be tighten by pulling at 3 points. The hook, short end & long end of the fishing line.


Trilene Knot
A good knot to tie your hook. Actual trilene ends at step 3.
The extra steps seen here is to prevent braid from slipping.
knots-trilene

Snell Type 01
This version works with braid & nylon monofilament. Will not slip.
knots-snell001

Snell Type 02
knots-snell002

Snell Type 03
knots-snell003

Palomar Knot
Just as the picture shows, to connect line to swivel.
knots-palomar

Uni Knot
Will not kink if tied carefully. Suited for tying nylon or fluorocarbon to terminal tackle.
You can use this knot to tie line to your spool. Use the loop in step 3 over your spool.
knots-uni

Double Surgeon's Loop
Works with braid (will not slip) or nylon monofilament.
knots-double-surgeons

Haywire Twist
Not a knot, which is why it's called a twist. Obviously this is for toothy predators.
Other than tying it to the hook, it can be used as a leader for jigging.
knots-haywire

Stopper Knot
Tie above your float so that it grips at the location you want your float to stop at.
It is slim enough to be reeled into the spool & cast out through guides.
With this knot you can fish at your preferred depth without losing casting distance.
knots-stopper

Dropper Loop
This loop is commonly used in several areas of saltwater fishing; namely bottom & apollo or sabiki.
Depending on your fishing needs, more than one dropper loop can be added to the line.
dropper