Learn Fishing Knots

The road to success for every fisherman, also called an angler, is a knowledge of all things related to fishing. Learning and using different types of fishing knots can help one become a better fisherman. Fishing knots are essential parts in fishing; if baits, sinkers and hooks are not tied correctly, they may break off or become loosened more easily. Here are five of the best fishing knots that you can learn in order to improve your fishing techniques:

1. Blood Knot

This is the favorite of the fly fishermen because it is simple, easy to learn and very effective. To do a blood fishing knot, follow these instructions. Also, note that this particular note becomes stronger when one end is wrapped around the other at least six times, as directed.

Instructions: Let the two ends of the line to overlap each other in an “X” pattern. One end is wrapped around the other at least six times. Cover the end back between the lines and do the same with the other end. Complete six turns and tuck the end back in the middle of the lines. Repeat in the other direction then go back to the first end. Clip the ends for neatness.

  • Fishing Knots – This website explains the favorite fishing knots of fly fishermen’s including the Blood Knot.
  • About Blood Knots – This is an article explaining why blood knot is one of the best for joining monofilament lines.
  • About Fly Fishing – This organization explains facts about fly fishing.

2. Dropper Loop

Dropper loop fishing knots offer extra connecting point for one more fly. The dropper loop is most useful for multi-hook fishing lines. Its advantage is that it can be slanted away from the line to avoid tangles.

Instructions: Make a loop in the line by crossing two ends to for an “X”; hold the lines together where they intersect each other. Wrap the loop over this intersection at least six times to form a twist. Create a hole in the twist where you are holding the line. Insert the loop through this hole and firmly pull the knot through.

3. Nail Knot

Nail fishing knots are easily attached to leaders and weights used in fishing. The nail knot is also a useful way of connecting the backing to the fly line and when joining the fly line to the tippet.

Instructions: Grip the tube and the two lines simultaneously. Wrap the smaller and larger lines around the tube. Make complete turns six times, then enter the line through the tube. Secure the knot tightly and neatly around the tube. Extract the tube and firmly tighten the knot. Clip the ends for neatness.

  • The Nail Knot – Detailed instructions and diagrams on how to tie the nail knot.
  • Tippet in Fishing – Varying conditions are considered in choosing which tippet to use in fishing.
  • The Advantage of Nail Knot  - The article supports the advantage of using the nail knots over the others.

4. Palomar Knot

The Palomar is a simple fishing knot that joins the line and hook, or used to attach a fly to a leader or tippet. It is considered as the strongest and the most reliable of all the fishing knots. Bass anglers prefer to use the Palomar knot for its strength and simplicity.

Instructions: Make a loop at the end of your line. Insert the loop into the hook’s eye. Using that loop, form an overhand loop. Move the loop above the hook. Secure the loop by pulling the two ends and fasten securely the knot. Cut the ends for neatness.

5. Uni Knot

The Uni Knot is also called Duncan Knot in honor of its inventor, Norman Duncan. Uni Knot saw popularity 1960, when the Miami Herald chose the Uni Knot as the most versatile fishing knot. It has many uses: connecting hooks, snelling, swivels and lures using a loop and connecting two lines. This knot can work in the same manner as other fishing knots by simply using a single knot. It is well-adapted for both braided and monofilament lines.

Instructions: Insert the end into the eye. Make a loop beside the standing end. Wrap the end round the standing end inside the loop five times. Apply oil and stretch the knot tightly. Glide the knot down against the eye. Cut the ends for neatness.

  • Using Grinner Knots – How to catch your favorite fish using grinner knots, as well as, the other kinds of knots.


It is important that all anglers take the time to learn a variety of fishing knots; you never know when they might come in handy. It is better to be prepared, so you will be able to make the best of your fishing experience. Fishing knots are simple and easy to learn.

Additional Sources

  • How to Tie Fishing Knots – This site gives an animated illustration and description of the different kinds of fishing knots.
  • Site for Anglers – Get all the information you need about fishing are available in this site.
  • Fishing Knot Diagram – It contains the diagrams of all the fishing knots for you to follow and learn.
  • Knots on the Web – It has everything you want to know about fishing knots in the internet.
  • Fishing Knots Directory – A list of readings about fishing and fishing knots.
  • Fishing Advice – This website provides free videos, rigs, knots, diagrams, handy tips and relevant information about fishing.
  • Knots for Fishing – Contains references available for anglers and fishing enthusiasts.
  • Fishing Supplies – To learn to tie fishing knots you have to know where to get your supplies. This site has the list you need.
  • Anglers Needs – This website has a list of shops with the best fishing supplies in UK.