Clinch Knot

1.Pass the line through the eye of the hook 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. Draw the knot into shape.

4.Slide the coils down tight against the eye.

The Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is another very simple knot for terminal tackle. It is regarded by fisherman as the strongest knot known. Itís great virtue is that it can safely be tied at night with a minimum of practice.

1.Double about 6 inches of line, and pass through the eye.

2.Tie a simple Overhand Knot in the doubled line, letting the hook hang loose. Avoid twisting the lines.

3.Pull the end of loop down, passing it completely over the hook.

4.Pull both ends of the line to draw up the knot.

Snelling a Hook

1.Pass the end of the line through the eye twice, leaving a loop hanging below the hook.

2.Hold both lines along the shank of the hook.

3.Use the loop to wind tight coils around the shank and both lines, from the eye upwards. Use from 5 to 10 turns.

4.Use the fingers to hold these tight coils in place. Pull the line (extending from the eye) until the whole loop has passed under these tight coils.

5.With coils drawn up, use pliers to pull up the end of the line.

Blood Knot

1.Lie the ends of the two lines against each other, overlapping about 6 inches.

2.Take 5 turns around one line with the end of the other, and bring the end back where itís held between the two lines.

3.Repeat by taking 5 turns around the other line, bringing the end back between the two lines. These two ends should then project in opposite directions.

4.Work the knot up into loops, taking care that the two ends do not slip out of position.

5.Draw the knot up tightly.

The Uni-Knot

A better join can be made using one of the Hangmanís Knots, also known as the UniKnot. This is a knot used for attaching the line to the spool of the reel.

1.Overlap the two lines about 6 inches.

2.Using one end, form a circle that overlies both lines.

3.Pass the end six times around the two lines.

4.Pull the end tight to draw the knot up into shape.

5.Repeat the process using the end of the other line.

6.Pull both lines to slide the two knots together.

Surgeonís Knot

1.Lay the two lines against each other, overlapping about 9 inches.

2.Working the two lines as one, tie an Overhand Knot. It will be necessary to pull one line (say the leader) completely through this loop.

3.Pull the leader through this loop again.

4.Pass the other end through the loop.

5.The formed knot can now be worked into shape.

Surgeonís End Loop

Loops are made for the purpose of attaching leaders or other terminal tackle to the line. They have the advantage that they can be tied quickly and with a little practice they can be tied in the dark. The Surgeonís End Loop is an easy way to go.

1.Take the end of the line and double it to form a loop of the required size.

2.Tie an Overhand Knot at the desired point, leaving the loop open.

3.Bring the doubled line through the loop again.

4.Hold the line and the end part together, and pull the loop to form a knot.

The Bobber Stop

The Bobber fisherman uses a running bobber for casting and general handiness, and stops the bobber from running up the line by using the Bobber Stop. It has the advantage that the stops moves readily over the rod guides, but grips the monofilament line so tightly that it will not slide over the line. It should be made with about 5 inches of nylon, usually the same diameter as the line itself.

1.Take 2 turns (3 if necessary) around the main line at the chosen point.

2.Bring both ends around to form a Surgeonís Knot (see above).

3.Tighten into shape bringing the coils close together.