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Knot Your Average Fishing Adventure

Master These Must Know Knots



Improved Clinch Knot: Step 1: Thread the fishing line through the eye of the hook and then double back to form a loop. Step 2: Hold the loop with your fingers and then wrap the free end of the line around the standing line five to six times. Step 3: Insert the free end of the line through the loop and then back through the larger loop that you created. Step 4: Wet the knot with water or saliva and then pull the standing line to tighten the knot. Trim any excess line.


Palomar Knot: Step 1: Double the fishing line and then pass the loop through the eye of the hook. Step 2: Tie an overhand knot with the doubled line, but don't tighten the knot yet. Step 3: Pass the loop over the hook and then tighten the knot by pulling on the standing line and the tag end. Step 4: Trim the tag end to finish the knot.


Uni Knot: Step 1: Thread the fishing line through the eye of the hook and then double back to form a loop. Step 2: Take the tag end and wrap it around the doubled line and through the loop four to five times. Step 3: Wet the knot with water or saliva and then pull the standing line to tighten the knot. Step 4: Trim the tag end to finish the knot.


Blood Knot: Step 1: Overlap the ends of the two lines you want to join. Step 2: Take one end of the line and wrap it around the other line five to six times, working away from the overlapped end. Step 3: Take the tag end of the same line and pass it back through the loop you created near the overlapped end. Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other end of the line, wrapping it around the first line in the opposite direction. Step 5: Wet the knot with water or saliva and then pull both standing lines to tighten the knot. Step 6: Trim any excess line to finish the knot.


Double Surgeon's Knot: Step 1: Overlap the ends of the two lines you want to join. Step 2: Tie a simple overhand knot with both lines, making sure to leave enough tag end to work with. Step 3: Tie another overhand knot with both lines, but this time pass the tag ends through the loop twice. Step 4: Wet the knot with water or saliva and then pull both standing lines to tighten the knot. Step 5: Trim any excess line to finish the knot.


Albright Knot: Step 1: Take the thicker line and create a loop by doubling it over itself. Step 2: Pass the tag end of the thinner line through the loop and then wrap it around the doubled line and itself five to six times. Step 3: Pass the tag end of the thinner line back through the loop and then pull on the standing line to tighten the knot. Step 4: Trim any excess line to finish the knot.


Dropper Loop: Step 1: Tie a simple overhand knot in the fishing line where you want the loop to be. Step 2: Take the tag end and pass it back through the overhand knot. Step 3: Form a loop by doubling the tag end back on itself and then pass it through the overhand knot again. Step 4: Wet the knot with water or saliva and then pull both standing lines in opposite directions to tighten the knot. Step 5: Trim any excess line to finish the knot.


One highly recommended book on tying fishing knots is "The Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Lines" by Lindsey Philpott. This book provides detailed instructions and illustrations for tying more than 100 different knots, including those for fly fishing, saltwater fishing, and freshwater fishing. It also includes tips and tricks for choosing the right knots for different types of fishing situations, and how to tie them quickly and securely.

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