Basic Knots to Know PART 1
  |  First Published: November 2006

You don’t need to be able to tie dozens of knots to fish effectively. In fact, you only need to become proficient at tying a few of the strongest knots and you will be able to cover most fishing situations. Once you have mastered these you won’t have to worry about that big one getting away because you selected the wrong knot or used poor handiwork.

In these pictures we have used large diameter yellow cord and an oversized eyelet which represents a hook or a swivel, to make it easier for you to see how the knots are tied. Each knot has a starting position shown in Fig A. At the end of tying each knot the tag end of the line will need to be shortened to an appropriate length.

Uni knot
Step 1.

Make a loop with the tag end.

Step 2.

With the tag end, go around the back of the loop, over the main line and back through the loop.

Step 3.

Repeat the process described in Step 2 at least two or three times.

Step 4.

Pull the tag end and the main line in one direction while pulling the eye of the hook/swivel in the opposite direction, creating the knot.

Step 5.

Slide the knot down to the base of the eye of the hook/swivel.

Step 6.

Once in position, tighten the knot by pulling tight the main line then the tag end while holding the hook/swivel.

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