How To Tie The Palomar Knot The Right Way

Every fisherman in the world has their favorite knot that they like to tie. There are lots of great ones out there but none are probably as common as the Palomar. The Palomar knot is the knot of choice for millions of anglers worldwide because it is easy to tie and has great knot strength when properly tied. Aside from that, you can tie a hook directly onto your main line with it. The key to unlocking the versatile strength of this fishing knot is to tie it properly. This is a tutorial of how to tie the Palomar knot the right way.

While there aren’t a whole lot of steps involved, this particular knot has a tendency of being tied improperly by crossing the lines. You can use this to attach a hook or lure directly to your main line. Although it will work sometimes, it is not a recommended knot for fluorocarbon fishing lines. It works better with braids, monofilaments, and copolymers. If you want a very secure hook to line connection on any of those fishing lines, here you go. The steps to tying the Palomar knot are as follows.

  • Double up the fishing line
  • Pass the doubled fishing line through the hook
  • Tie a simple overhand knot
  • Pass the hook through the created loop
  • Slide the fishing line above the hook shank
  • Moisten the knot
  • Pull on the standing line and the tag end to tighten it
  • Trim the tag end

The Process Explained – In Details

The first thing you want to do is to double up the fishing line by folding it over itself. Take about six inches of line and just hold it next to the main line. Slide the doubled line through the eye of your hook or lure. Alternatively, you can pass the line through the hook once as normal and then feed it back through. In fact, we suggest you do it this way for the best results. Now you should have a double line going through the hook eye. This will work equally well for every line despite the fishing line differences.

Next, you will want to tie a basic overhand knot with the doubled line. Make sure that you are careful to not tighten it down yet. It is easy to make a mistake here and tighten the knot way too tight. If you do, you will kink your line and the knot will certainly fail. Instead, leave the knot loose before proceeding with the next step. After that is done, you want to take the hook and pass it through the loop that is on the end. This part of the knot is what locks it in place so it is essential that it is done right.

Tightening It Correctly

Grab the hook by the shank, pull the line above the hook eye. If you are using a fishing lure, make sure the line is above where the line tie sits. If it isn’t, you cannot tighten the line properly. Next, use a little spit or line lube to moisten the knot. This prevents friction and burning which can cause the line to kink. Pull on the main line first until it is almost tight. Then, pull on the tag end to tighten the knot the rest of the way. Grab both lines together and pull on them at the same time to seat that knot properly.

I always like to give it a few extra tugs to make sure I pulled hard enough. Once you’re done with all of that, all you have to do is get yourself a pair of nail clippers or line cutters and clip the tag end close to the knot. I like to leave a little bit of tag end on the knot just so it doesn’t slip. I don’t recommend cutting the tag end right at the knot.

Tying The Palomar Knot – Summarizing The Process

To summarize things, how to tie the Palomar knot is a skill you would love to have. The Palomar knot is versatile, strong, and very easy to tie. It can be used to attach a hook or lure to a line as well as connect a line to a tippet. The only problem is that it is not reliable as a fishing knot on fluorocarbon fishing line. For most other applications, it holds its own against big fish and it is something that you should learn. Practice tying it a few times and the mastery should come soon after. It is a great tool to have in your arsenal.

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