By Montana Grant

Posted: June 29, 2023

Fishing knots are critical to fishing success. Different knots are required for certain line types, gear, and presentations. Not all Knots are created equally.

For most of my fishing, I tie a proper Clinch Knot. “8 wraps and one more for good luck”, was how my dad taught me. This knot is exceptionally versatile and strong.

For line-to-line connections I use a Blood Knot. This knot takes practice but is the strongest way to connect 2 different diameter lines together.

All knots will weaken your monofilament line. If you tie the knot correctly, with the right number of wraps, a lick at the end, and a smooth snug up, the knot will be around 85% of the original line strength.

Some knots add action to your lures. The Rapala Knot acts like a split ring to give your lure more movement and action. Uni Knots are a great choice when using braided lines. The Arbor Knot is the best way to attach line to a reel’s spool. The Uni Knot will also hold the line onto a spool correctly.

Snell Knots are perfect for masking bottom rigs that will hold cut bait. A Turle Knot will make a perfect inline connection between the hook shank and line. Every knot has a purpose.

The Palomar Knot is a strong knot that is not commonly used. It takes a bit longer to tie but is very strong. While you are dealing with the knot, don’t forget to sharpen your hooks.

Tying a proper knot requires clear vision. Use cheaters if you must. Licking your fingers will help you control thinner lines. It is also a good idea to practice tying knots using heavy or thicker lines or cord. You can feel what you need to do when tying a knot. Keep a knot card in your tackle box or vest to remind you how to tie other knots that you rarely use.

A strong Knot will help you land a Strong fish!

Montana Grant

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