TO TIE KNOTS:
and reliable knots so the big ones don't get away!
The Nail Knot is
generally used to attach fly line to fly line backing. This
knot can also be used to attach a leader to a line. This
makes a strong smooth knot that rolls out when casting. The
nail knot is good for attaching two lines of different
1 - Hold nail or needle, tip of fly line and backing
material between thumb and forefinger. Wrap backing 6 or 7
turns. Wind carefully for a tight, smooth knot. Stick end of
backing between nail and fly line.
2 - Remove nail.
Holding coils carefully between thumb and forefinger,
alternately pull both ends of backing with free hand to
3 - Snip off
excess backing and end of fly line.
The Palomar Knot
is a general-purpose connection used in joining fishing line
to swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures. The double
wrap of line through the eyelet provides a protective
cushion for added knot strength.
1 - Double the
line and form a loop three to four inches long. Pass the end
of the loop through the hook's eye.
2 - Holding
standing line between thumb and finger, grasp loop with free
hand and form a simple overhand knot.
3 - Pass hook
through loop and draw line while guiding loop over top of
4 - Pull tag end
of line to tighten knot snugly and trim tag end to about 1/8
The Snell Knot
provides a strong connection when fishing with bait and
using a separate length of leader. You can only use a snell
with a leader.
1 - Insert one end
of the leader through the hook's eye extending one or two
inches past the eye. Insert the other end of the leader
through the eye in the opposite direction pointing toward
the barb of the hook. Hold the hook and leader ends between
thumb and forefinger of your left hand. Leader will hang
below the hook in a large loop.
2 - Take the part
of this loop that is closest to the eye and wrap it over the
hook and shank and both ends of the leader toward the hook's
barb. Wrap for 7 or 8 turns and hold wraps with left hand.
Grip the end of leader that is through the eyelet with your
right hand and pull it slowly and steadily. Hold the turns
with your left hand or the knot will unravel.
3 - When the knot
is almost tight, slide it up against the eye of the hook.
Grip the short end lying along the shank of the hook with a
pair of pliers. Pull this end and the standing line at the
same time to completely tighten the knot. Trim the tag end.
Surgeon's Loop is a quick, easy way to tie a loop in the end
of a leader. It is often used as part of a leader system
because it is relatively strong.
1 - Double the tag
end of the line. Make a single overhand knot in the double
2 - Hold the tag
end and standing part of the line in your left hand and
bring the loop around and insert through the overhand knot.
3 - Hold the loop
in your right hand. Hold the tag end and standing line in
your left hand.
4 - Moisten the
knot in water and pull to tighten. Trim tag end to about 1/8
The Trilene Knot
is a strong, reliable connection that resists slippage and
premature failures. This knot can be used in joining line to
swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures. The knot's
unique double wrap design and ease of tying consistently
yields a strong, dependable connection.
1 - Run end of
line through eye of hook or lure and double back through the
eye a second time.
2 - Loop around
standing part of line 5 or 6 times. Thread tag end between
the eye and the coils as shown.
3 - Tighten knot
with a steady, even motion without hesitation. Trim tag end
leaving at least 1/8 inch.
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