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5 Must-Know Fishing Knots for Beginner & Pro Anglers Alike

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With the right knots you will be ready for anything on your Bass fishing trip. Here are five knots beginner and pro anglers alike should know how to tie before setting out on the water.

No matter what fishing line you use, remember to always moisten before you tie a knot in it. While it might be tempting to wet it with your saliva, it’s best not to get into that habit since bacteria from the lake or river can be dangerous. If you don’t do it at home, you won’t develop bad habits for when you’re out on the water either.

Improved Clinch

This is one of the most important, useful knots in fishing. You use it to secure lures, hooks and swivels to a line. Strong and reliable, it’s tough enough to hold up the biggest fish in the pond. Here’s how to use it to secure a hook:

1. Thread the fishing line through the eye of a hook, then wrap the loose end around the line about six times.

2. Take the remaining length of the loose line and thread it through the loop that is closest to the hook’s eye, then pull it around the loose section of the line.

3. Pull on both ends of the line in opposite directions until the knot is tight.

4. If you used too much line, trim the excess.

Palomar

Often the second knot an angler learns, the Palomar should be practiced until it can be done with your eyes shut. The Palomar is an essential knot to know if you are ever going to fish with braided line. One of the strongest and most reliable knots, it can be used in many of the same ways the Improved Clinch is used, but also works well when fastening flies to leaders.

1. Double the line and make a loop.

2. Push the loop through the eye of the hook and tie an overhand knot.

3. Pass the hook through the loop and pull on the line to tighten.

Blood Knot

The little knot with the scary name, the Blood Knot is used to join two lengths of line together.

1. Line up the two lengths pointing toward each other and overlap by a few inches.

2. Wrap the first line around the second line five or six times.

3. Wrap the second line around the first five or six times as well.

4. Bring the two loose ends of line back through the eye in the middle, threading one line over through the top of the eye and the other up through the bottom.

5. Pull the knot tight and trim any excess.

Double Surgeon’s Loop

The Double Surgeon’s Loop is useful when you need to connect two lengths of fishing line of two different diameters. It is also often used as part of a leader system since it is reliable and strong.

1. Double the line by folding it over and tie a single overhand knot.

2. Thread the loop through the eye in the overhand knot again.

3. Pull the line tight.

Turle

Popular with fly fishermen, the Turle is great for connecting a fly with a turned up or down eye to a length of line, as well as for tying thin line to a small hook.

1. Run the fishing line through the hook’s eye.

2. Tie a loose double overhand knot near the end of the fishing line.

3. Pass the hook through the open loop and pull the knot tight until the loop tightens around the eye of the hook.