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Learn How to Tie Strong Fishing Knots
The real key to tying strong, reliable fishing knots isn't just tying the fishing knot correctly. You also need to know which knot to use for each particular situation. Some fishing knots are better for attaching your line to your reel, and other types of fishing knots are better for attaching your fly or lure to your line. Below, you'll find some of the best fishing knots, with detailed instructions and diagrams of how to tie each fishing knot.


Clinch Knot and the Double Clinch Knot
Tying the clinch knot is simple and is probably the most popular fishing knot used today. When tied properly the clinch knot, and the double clinch knot are very strong and don't slip. They are the perfect knots to choose for lures.
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1. Pass the line through the eye of the hook, or swivel.
2. Double back. make five turns around the line.
3. Pass the end of the line through the first loop, above the eye, and then through the large loop.
4. Pass the end of the line through the first loop by the eye of the hook.
5. Draw the knot into shape.
6. Slide the coils down tight against the eye.
7. Tying the Double or Improved Clinch Knot is complete

How to Tie The Double Surgeon's Knot
The Double Surgeon's Knot is a quick, easy way to tie a loop in the end of a leader. The Surgeon's knot can also be used to form a quick loop to attach a lure or hook.

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  1. Double the line over to form a loop. Make a single overhand knot in the doubled-over line making sure to not tighten the knot down yet.
  2. Then, bring the loop end around and through the overhand knot hole.
  3. Holding the loop in one hand, and the tag end and standing line in the other hand, gently pull to snug the knot down.
  4. Moistening the knot with water first will help tio lubricate the line. Then the line will slide more easily and form a tighter knot.
  5. Trim tag end to 1/8 inch.
  6. Tying the Surgeon's Knot is complete.

How to Tie The Snell Knot
The Snell Knot is a good knot to choose when fishing with a separate leader. It can only be used with a leader since it uses both ends of the line to tie it.

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Feed one end of the leader through the hook's eye going 2-4 inches past the eye. Then feed the other end of the leader through the eye in the opposite direction. Hold the hook and leader ends between thumb and forefinger. Allow the excess leader to hang down in a large loop.
Holding the hook and leader in your left hand, grab this excess leader loop and the part of this loop close to the hook and wrap it over the hook shank and both ends of the leader toward the hook's barb. Go around the hook 7 or 8 times, keeping the newly made wraps contained and tight with your left thumb. Pull the short end of the leader that is through the eyelet with your right hand slowly, until the entire loop of leader feeds through it. Be sure to continue holding the 7 or 8 loops with your left hand so the knot will not unravel.
When it is almost tight, use your fingernails to slide it up against the eye of the hook. Finally, pull the short end of the leader and the standing line at the same time to completely tighten the knot. Trim the tag end.
Tying the Snell Knot is complete.


The Trilene Knot
The Trilene Knot is a strong knot that can be used to join line to swivels, snaps, hooks and lures. The Trilene Knot is fairly easy to learn and is a very strong knot that resists slippage.

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Thread the line through the eye of the hook or lure and double back through the eye a second time.
Holding the hook or lure in your left hand, and the standing line in your right hand, loop the tag end around the standing line 6 times. Then feed the tag end through the loop made in step 1.
Tighten the knot by pulling gently on the tag end and the standing line simultaneously. Moisten the knot with water as you tighten to lubricate the line, allowing the knot to slide more easily while tightening. Trim tag end to 1/8 inch.
Tying the Trilene Knot is complete.


How to Tie The Palomar Knot
The Palomar Knot is another very quick and easy to tie knot. The Palomar Knot works well for attaching your hook to your line.
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  1. Double the line over to make a loop. Then feed the loop through the eyelet of the hook.
  2. Hold the standing line and form an overhand knot as shown.
  3. Pass the hook through the end of the loop.
  4. Then pull on the hook, the standing line, and the tag end of the line to tighten the knot. Snug down tightly around the eyelet.
  5. Tying the Palomar Knot is complete.

How to Tie The Arbor Knot
Tying the Arbor knot is very easy to learn. The Arbor knot is a simply knot to tie yet very useful. The Arbor knot is one of the easiest ways to attach your line around the reel spool.
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Thread the line around reel arbor.
Tie an overhand knot around the line itself. Then just tie a second overhand knot in the tag end. This second knot keeps line from slipping through the first.
Grab on either side of the knots and pull tight. Cut off the excess. Then slide the first overhand knot down the line to snug it around the reel arbor.
Tying the Arbor Knot is complete.


Albright Knot
1) Turn back about 4 - 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) of the leader. This can be monofilament, light cable, nylon coated wire or single strand wire. Lay the lighter mainline alongside the doubled leader, and commence wrapping as shown.
2) Make 10 - 20 wraps, the lighter the line, the more wraps you will require. The tag end of the line must exit from the same side of the looped leader that it entered, this is important. Lubricate the knot with saliva and pull tight, gently snugging up the coils as you tighten.
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This knot takes a little practice to get right, but it makes an excellent strong connection between a heavy leader and a lighter mainline.

Always remember to test all knots before fishing


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