5 Knots You Need To Know To Fish Like A Pro

Contrary to popular belief, line and hook fishing is not just about sitting idly by while waiting for a fish to take your bait. Prior to getting on the water, it’s crucial to learn the different types of fishing knots and when to use each when on the water. By making yourself a bit more knowledgeable, you won’t just have a good fishing trip, but you’ll have a safer and more successful one too!

Here are five fishing knots that you should master to make your first fishing trip fun and exciting. 

1. Fisherman’s Knot 

Also known as the Clinch Knot, the Fisherman’s Knot is one of the strongest and easiest knots to learn. This particular kind of knot is used for tying a line to a hook. 

  • First, insert your line through the eye of your hook, and wrap it around the line for about five to seven times. Keep your end loose. 
  • Insert the loose end of the line through the hoop next to the eye and through the loose section of the line. 
  • Tighten the knot by pulling both ends, and trim the loose end if needed. 

2. Palomar Knot 

Like the Fisherman’s Knot, the Palomar Knot is used to tie a line to the hook. In many cases, the Palomar Knot is even stronger than the Fisherman’s Knot because it has fewer twists and kinks. 

  • Take your line, double it to make a loop, and push it through the eye of the hook. 
  • Tie a loose overhand knot by tucking the loose end of the line through a loop. 
  • Pass the loop around the end of the hook 
  • Pull to tighten and trim if needed. 

3. Blood Knot 

The Blood Knot is used to join two sections of one line together, to either extend the range or repair a broken line without compromising on its integrity.

  • Line up the two lines together for a few inches, then wrap one line around the other five to six times. 
  • Take the other line and wrap it around the first one five to six times as well, then insert both loose ends together in the middle of the two lines. 
  • Pull tight to form a knot. 

4. Tucked Sheet Bend Knot 

The tucked sheet bend is used to attach a line to a leader loop or a snelled hook to a line. 

  • Form a bight with one line and pass the free end of the other rope through the bight and around both parts of the first rope and back under itself. Leave loose. 
  • Insert the working end bacon top of the standing part and through the first loop formed earlier. 
  • Pull both ends tight. 

5. Turle Knot 

The turle knot is preferred if you are using a thin line with a small hook.

  • Thread the line through the eye of the hook and create a loose double overhead know on the free end of the line.
  • Pass the open loop over the hook and pull to tighten the knot around the eye. 


Knowing how to tie your knots properly is an essential part of fishing. After all, you don't want to waste all that time waiting for the fish to snap on to your lure, only to have your line fail because of an improperly tied knot. 

To make for an easier time in setting up your own tackle or swivel, it’s a good idea to get yourself a multi-fishing tool, such as Ross Bain’s Hook-Eze! The Hook-Eze prevents injury by covering the barb, contains a built-in line cutter, and can be clipped to your rod for easy storage. Shop now and experience the benefit of never losing fish to an improperly-tied knot again!

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