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If you want to be a serious angler, you need to learn how to tie different types of knots. Each type has its own advantages and uses. In this infographic, we’ll show you how to tie five knots that are essential to your arsenal.
You will find step-by-step instructions and illustrations for each. Also, we’ve included a few things to remember and the main usage for each knot.
1. Improved clinch knot
The improved clinch fishing knot is used to tie the line to a hook or bait. This fishing knot is a simple and reliable end knot to tie when hooking up, twisting, or tilting at your guide line or tip. Many anglers like to use this knot for light angling or freshwater fly fishing as it is best for lines weighing up to 20 pounds.
2. Palomar knot
The palomar knot is used to tie the line to a hook or bait. Some anglers consider palomar knots to be the best types of fishing knots for light fishing line (such as braided line) because they retain much of their original line strength.
3. Turle Knot
The turle knot is used to tie lines to hooks and bait. This fishing knot is suitable for thin lines and small hooks. This end knot is one of the most common fly fishing knots used to connect a small hook or fly to a thin guide line or point.
4. Blood knot
The blood knot is used to tie two lines together. It is best to use this fishing knot for lines of similar diameters. A blood knot is made up of two consecutive clinch knots and is most commonly used to join sections of monofilament nylon cord of similar weight while maintaining a high portion of the cord’s inherent strength.
5. Snell Knot
The Snell knot is used to tie a line to a hook. A snell knot is used to attach a leader or fly fishing tippet directly to a hook. This terminal fishing knot is often considered to be one of the strongest because it distributes friction evenly.
Even so, the entire infographic is short enough to be used as a cheat sheet. You can download the 5 Fishing Knots Guide to your phone or even print it out. That way, you’ll always have your rig set up properly and ready to go.
We have made the instructions as simple as possible. So if you follow the steps correctly, you will get it right the first time. However, if you lack finger mobility, or if the end result just doesn’t look right, keep trying.
Keep a couple of hooks and a line nearby until you’ve mastered the five knots. Next time there’s a commercial break during a game, why not spend a few minutes practicing the knots? Before long, you’ll be able to tie them without thinking about it!