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5 Different Types of Fishing Knots

Learn about the five different types of fishing knots you need to know with Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Berkley.

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, knowing a few different fishing knots is always important. Having a few knots up your sleeve can help when you’re trying to catch different fish, using different types of fishing line and more. Learn about five different fishing knots that everyone should know with Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Berkley.

5 Different Types of Fishing Knots
The right fishing knot can help you properly tie your fishing line to your fishing tackle. Find out which five fishing knots every angler should know with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

1. Palomar Knot

The Palomar knot is one of the strongest fishing knots used by anglers of all kinds. You can use it to secure a hook or swivel to the end of your fishing line. You can also use it to fasten a fly to a leader if you’re fly fishing.

How to Tie It:

  1. Double about 6 inches of line and pass through the eye of the hook.
  2. Tie a simple overhand knot in the doubled line, letting the hook hang loose. Avoid twisting the lines.
  3. Pull the end of the loop down, passing it completely over the hook.
  4. Moisten and pull both ends of the line to draw up the knot. Trim excess.

2. Trilene Knot

This knot is specially designed by Berkley to be used with their Trilene monofilament fishing line. It’s perfect for joining swivels, lures and leaders to mono fluorocarbon line.

How to Tie It:

  1. Run the tag end of the line through the hook eye twice, forming a small loop.
  2. Pinch the loop between thumb and forefinger to hold it in place, then wrap the tag end of the line around the standing line at least five times and pass the end back through the loops.
  3. Moisten thoroughly and draw tight.

3. Improved Clinch Knot

Anglers all over commonly use the improved cinch knot. It can be used to secure swivels, lures and hooks to the fishing line. It’s simple, strong and easy to master.

How to Tie It:

  1. Pass end of the line through the eye of the hook or swivel
  2. Pull about 6 inches of line through and double it back against itself. Twist 5 to 7 times.
  3. Pass end of the line through the small loop formed just above the eye, then through the big loop just created. Be careful that the coils don’t overlap.
  4. Moisten and pull tag end and main line so that coiled line tightens against the eye. Trim excess.

4. Surgeon’s Knot

If you need to tie together two pieces of fishing line, the surgeon’s knot is a great option. It also comes in handy when you have fishing line that differs in diameter. It’s an easy knot to tie, so even a beginner can pick it up quickly.

How to Tie It:

  1. Place the leader line next to the main line.
  2. Form an overhand knot by passing the long end of the leader and tag end of mainline through the loop.
  3. Form a second over-hand knot by passing the same ends through the loop.
  4. Moisten and tighten by pulling all four ends slowly. Trim tags.

5. Blood Knot

The blood knot is another knot used to connect two pieces of fishing line together. It’s great for fly fishing or if you have two odd pieces of line leftover. With the blood knot, the fishing line should be the same diameter, or very close in diameter.

How to Tie It:

  1. Overlap the ends of the fishing lines to be joined. Twist one around the other one, making 5 turns. Bring the tags back between the two lines.
  2. Repeat step 1 with the other end, wrapping in the opposite direction, making 5 turns.
  3. Slowly pull the lines in opposite directions. The turns will wrap and gather. Clip the tags.

Getting out on the water any time of year is a favorite past time in the Midwest. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand. That’s why we offer everything you’ll need to reel in a big one. From fishing rods to fishing bait, you’ll be equipped for summertime fishing and ice fishing. Plus, you can get your fishing license right at your local store. For more tips and buyer’s guides, visit our Fishing & Ice Fishing blog.

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