Fishing knots within the fishing industry are a highly debated topic. When you ask one angler what the strongest fishing knots are, it will likely differ if you ask a few more people the same question. Asking a hundred different anglers will often give you a hundred different opinions. The reason that this particular topic is so controversial is actually pretty simple. To put it simply, it matters. The knot really matters. The knot that you use to connect your tackle to your line is always going to be the weakest link between you and the fish of a lifetime getting away.

It is debated because it is so important. Much how you wouldn’t want to skimp on the quality of your fishing line, neither should you skimp on the quality of the knots you tie with it. Many knots exist, many work well, and some will work better than others. An angler may choose a certain knot over another for any number of factors. Even so, knowing the best ones that have proven themselves over and over again on many big fish will only help you in the long run. How you tie the knot can also make it weaker. Make sure you know which ones work and tie them right.

1. Palomar Knot – Good For Attaching A Lure To A Line

The Palomar knot is arguably the most used fishing knot in the world. The strength of a well tied Palomar knot reaches to almost one percent of the line’s breaking strength. A Palomar knot that is tied properly can hold just about every lure, swivel, terminal tackle, and fish out there. It can be used to attach a lure or other tackle to the main line very securely. It can also be used to attach multiple lures or hooks to one line because of the tag end. It can be used to target everything from bluegill and crappie to huge saltwater fish like hammerhead sharks.

It can even take marlin without compensating the integrity of the knot strength. It is very strong and it couldn’t be simpler to tie. First, pass the end of the main line through the hook and pull out enough line to work with. Then, run the same line back through the eye the other way. Now you should have a doubled line going through the hook eye and a loop on one end. Next, tie a simple overhand knot using one turn. Then, pass the lure or hook through the loop you created.

Gently work and pull on the knot until all of the knot is above the hook eye. Sometimes, the line can snag right here. Gently pull the tag and standing end to tighten it down. Trim the tag end leaving about half a centimeter. It is always helpful to give it a few extra pulls when you start to tighten. What is great is that the knot gets tighter the more the fish pulls. It is great for frog fishing as well as almost any other fishing. Don’t use it on rigs that are hard to pass through.

2. Improved Clinch Knot – Attaching A Lure To A Line

The improved  Clinch knot, also called the angler’s knot or fisherman’s knot, is a great way of attaching a lure to a main line. While a pretty secure line to lure connection, sometimes it can be difficult to tie. In reality, it is one of the easiest. Try this. Pass the line through the lure or hook, give yourself enough line to work with and start spinning it. An alternative is just to wrap the line around itself. Spin it about five or six times and pass the end of the line into the loop on the bottom near the hook. After that, pass it through the loop you just created. Tighten it down.

Trim the tag end leaving about half a centimeter of tag. The improved Clinch Knot can be used to attach pretty much any lure or terminal tackle. It is for this reason that it is one of the most widely used knots in the world. It can be used on small fish and big fish alike. The main thing you have to remember is that the knot is but it has to be tied  with care to avoid weakening it or the line above it. It is kind of easy to end up with kinks right above the knot. Tie carefully.

3. Uni Knot – Lure To Line Or Leader And Reel Arbor

The Uni Knot is a knot worth learning. It is an especially good knot for beginners because you can use it for almost anything. It is one of the most versatile knots available. You can use the Uni knot to attach a lure or hook to a main line with a loop or snug to the eye, you can use it to attach one line to another by way of the Double Uni knot, and you can even use it as a placeholder knot to attach the line to the arbor of your reel. This knot can do almost everything. It even works with fluorocarbon without sacrificing any knot strength.

To tie a regular single Uni knot, pass the end of the line through the eye of the hook and leave plenty of extra line. Take the tag end and bring it around until you formed a loop. Now wrap the tag end around the doubled line five or six times. Make the loop rather tight but do not tighten it down all the way just yet. Now, pull on the main line until the loop slides down to the desired position. You can pull the knot all the way to the hook eye or stop just short to make a loop knot. After that is completed, pull on just the tag end to tighten it.

4. Surgeon’s Loop – For Creating A Durable Loop Knot

The surgeon’s loop is one of the best knots for live bait rigs and even lures. You can make a single surgeon’s loop in a line by tying a single overhand knot into it. Very simple. Also, you can attach lures and hooks to the end of your main line by passing the line through the eye, leaving a longer tag end and then tying an overhand knot with the doubled line making sure to pass the hook through the knot. It is a great rig for crappie fishing because it allows you to present jigs.

It allows your lure to be presented with a loop which keeps it vertical in the water. All you have to do bring a section of fishing line back over itself by doubling it over and tie a single, double, or triple overhand knot with the doubled line. Once you do that, pull it tight and clip the tag end. You can use the loop to attach lures, hooks, terminal tackle, or even as a connector to a leader. Make sure you lubricate the knot before you tighten it to avoid damage to the line.

Never Skimp On the Quality Of The Knots You Tie

Never get so caught up with fishing that you forget to tie a good knot. They are the weakest link between you and the fish. More fish can and will be caught by you if you learn how to tie some of the strongest fishing knots that have proven reliable time and time again. Tying a good strong knot gives you the extra insurance that you will land that lunker when it wrecks your bait. Tying knots improperly or using the incorrect ones  will cost you lures and money, cause you stress, and it ultimately prevents you from catching all the fish you could be catching. Remember, learning good knots will catch you more fish.

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  1. Really like your videos of how to tie these knots. Very clear and understandable instructions

    1. David Moore says:

      Nice to hear from you. I am glad you found the information provided helpful. That was my goal. Tying a great knot is essential when fishing because it is the weakest link. I hope that you will enjoy your stay and contact us if you have any questions! Tight lines!

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