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How to Tie a Fish Hook

How to Tie a Fish Hook

How to Tie a Fish Hook 

If you’re looking to reel in some heavy fish, you’ll need to secure your fish hook with strong, reliable knots. Depending on your line, hook gauge, and fishing technique, a variety of knots are best for success. Here’s a guide on how to tie some popular fishing knots and when to use them. 

How To: Fishing Knots 

Clinch Knot 

Ask almost any angler how to tie a fish hook and the Clinch Knot will be one of the first knots that comes to mind. It’s probably the most popular knot for tying a fish hook and is relatively easy to tie. The improved Clinch Knot is strong against large fish and has been time-tested to create a very effective knot. This knot is created by wrapping the line’s loose end around the line 5 or 6 times and then threading the loose end through the loop at the eye of the hook. 



Not everyone agrees that the Improved Clinch Knot is really improved, though. Some fishermen still prefer the original Clinch Knot when using smaller gauged hooks. Check out this video tutorial to see the difference in how to tie these knots and when to use them.

Palomar Knot

Palomar knots are another popular knot for tying fish hooks and are especially advantageous when using braided line. According to most anglers, the Palomar knot is one of the strongest knots for tying a fish hook and can even be done in the dark with practice. To tie a Palomar knot, create a loop by doubling your line, and then tie an overhand knot. Pass the loop over the end of the hook and tighten. 



For a more detailed view, take a look at this tutorial

Turle Knot 

Another option is the Turle Knot, which is most effective when fishing with a small hook and thin line. It is also a popular knot for fly fishing. To tie the Turle Knot, thread the line through the eye of your hook or fly, tie a loose overhand knot, and then pass the loop over the end of the hook. 



For a more detailed view, take a look at this tutorial

Uni Knot 

The Uni Knot is the preferred knot for securing monofilament line to your hook. This knot is what’s known as a Snell Knot which allows for an even and straight pull. The Uni Knot is also said to be reliable in maintaining the strength of the fishing line. To tie a Uni Knot, wrap a loop around the hook 5-10 times. Then, pull the line up until the loop has tightened.



For a more detailed view, take a look at this tutorial

Blood Knot 

Unlike the previous knots, the Blood Knot is actually not for securing your line to a fish hook. Instead, the Blood Knot connects two pieces of fishing line together. You can use this knot if you  have a pre-strung fish hook and want to attach it to a longer line, or to mend broken fishing line. To tie a Blood Knot, start by wrapping your first piece of line around your second piece of line 5-7 times. Then, wrap the second piece around the first piece 5-7 times. Finish by pulling the two loose ends tight in the middle. 



For a more detailed view, take a look at this tutorial

Surgeons Knot 

Finally, we have the Surgeon’s Knot, also known as the Double Surgeon’s Loop. Like the Blood Knot, this knot can be used to attach two pieces of line together. It can also be used to create a loop at the end of a line. This knot is a great one for anglers to learn as it creates a strong, dependable loop at the end of your line. To tie a Surgeon’s Knot, start by doubling the line and creating an overhand knot. Then, pass the same loop through the hole in the knot again, and tighten. 



For a more detailed view, take a look at this tutorial

Once You’re Finished Tying… 

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