Every angler deserves the best fishing tools for a successful fishing adventure. While many tools can be bought meaning that it is a matter of choosing the best, fishing knots are not sold anywhere. You have to tie the knots yourself. How then can you tie one if you have no idea of how to go about it. This article is a guide on how to tie a good knot that will contribute to the success of your angling trip.
A fishing knot is a crucial link between an angler and the target fish. An understanding of tying knots correctly is overly important. You have to understand that not every knot fits all the angling situations. You, therefore, need to have proper knowledge on which knot is the best for each fishing scenario.
While there are numerous categories of fishing knots all available on the internet, you don’t need to master all of them at once. If you are a starter in angling, you need to understand that knot tying is a skill that is acquired over time. All the categories can be narrowed down to just five essentials that every angler should be in the know. The knots include the Palomar Knot, Blood Knot, Improved Clinch Knot, Surgeon’s Knot and Uni Knot.
How to Tie the Knots
- Improved Clinch Knot
This knot is among the most important knots that every angler should learn how to make it. If you need to secure your hook, lure or swivel to your line, then an improved clinch knot is the way to go. Watch the animated video below to learn how this knot is tied.
2. Palomar Knot
This knot is among the popular knots among the anglers. It is the strongest and easy to tie. If your fishing situations require you to use a braided line, you should learn to make this knot.
The following video demonstrates the simple steps to follow when tying this knot.
3. Blood Knot
This knot differs from the two knots as it does not secure hooks, lures or swivels to fishing lines. It is instead used to attach two pieces of the line together. If you do fly fishing, then you should learn to tie this knot as it is the best. Learning how to tie this knot is relatively easy.
The video below illustrates how you can make this knot.
4. Surgeon’s Knot
This knot is similar to the blood knot. The only difference is that surgeon’s knot is used to fasten two different lines with unequal diameters.
The video below illustrates the simple steps to follow when tying this knot.
5. Uni Knot
This knot comes in handy when fastening a monofilament fishing line to terminal tackle. You need to learn to tie this knot as it fits a wide range of angling situations. It is versatile and easy to make and that is why it is popular among the anglers.
The video below teaches you how to tie this knot.
Never Forget the Following
There are three important things never to forget when tying your knots. They are lubricating, tightening and trimming. Fishing knots need to be tightened perfectly well lest they let you down when you embark on your fishing. Before pulling them to tighten, remember to lubricate them first to facilitate smooth tightening. In this case, water or saliva is good enough. Failure to lubricate generates a lot of heat as you pull your knots. After you are confident that your knot is tight enough, the last thing is to trim the ends carefully and close to the knot. A pair of scissors or a nail clipper can finish this job.