Fishing Knots For The Beginner

As a novice fisherman (or woman) you need to learn how to tie fishing knots correctly.  Learning the knots is just as important as learning to how to fish.  There are several knots that are used when attaching you’re a lure or hook to your line as well as your reel.

It’s best to learn the basic knots and practice them several times before moving on to more complicated knots.  Make sure you know how each type of knot works before using them on your fishing line, otherwise you risk losing your lures if they are not tied correctly.


Here are some various fishing knots for you to try for starters.  Once you are proficient in tying these knots you can feel more confident in your fishing expeditions.

1.    Blood Knot

The Blood Knot is an excellent knot for fly fishing and it’s a good choice because it’s relatively easy to learn and it works well.
First, you’ll overlap the two lines about an inch and a half over each other with the ends facing the opposite direction of each other.  The lines should be of the same size.  Take one of those ends and twist and wrap it around the other line about 12 times and then take the end of the twisted line and push it back through the original opening.

Next, take the other loose ended line and twist that around the opposite line 12 times and also push that end through the original opening.
Finally, trim the ends and moisten the line and pull it tight.  The lines will be completely secure and you have no risk of them coming loose.

2.    Trilene Knot

The Trilene Knot is another very efficient knot to use and it is basic enough and easy to learn so it’s perfect for beginners.

This knot is ideal when joining lines to hooks, or to lures or swivels or to snaps for carp fishing (karp hengel), bass fishing, saltwater fishing and fly-fishing.  To tie this not correctly you will first run your line through the lure.  Then run it a second time back through the same hole.  Next you will twist the line so the loose end wraps around the main line about 6 times.  Take the loose end and push it back through the original opening and pull it tight using a quick jerking motion.

A word of caution on this one.  When you are jerking the line tight to secure the knot, be sure your hand doesn’t slip on the line and come in contact with the hook or lure.  It’s very easy to do that and also very painful.

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