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Must Know Fishing Knots

By Mark Romanack

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Fishermen swear by a lot of fishing knots. Truth be told, they swear at a lot of knots too! At times it seems there are more fishing knots out there than fishermen. In a lifetime of fishing for all kinds of freshwater fish, I’ve come to the conclusion that mastering just four different knots has served me well.

I’m never against learning an new knot or two, but the four listed here are the ones I use day in and day out to catch just about anything that swims.

The Palomar Knot is the work horse of fishing knots. Simply put this knot is not only easy to tie, it’s the strongest possible connection for tying fishing line to snaps, swivels, single hooks, small lures, etc. The Palomar Knot also works equally well with monofilament, fluorocarbon, co-polymer lines and even super lines. This is one knot every fisherman should be able to tie in his or her sleep.

The Improved Clinch and it’s close cousin the Trilene Knot is easy to tie, holds well in monofilament, fluorocarbon and co-polymer lines and has a very high strength rating. Used most commonly to tie on lures that must be direct tied like walleye, crappie and bass jigs, the Improved Clinch can also be used on super lines, but some adjustments need to be made.

The typical Improved Clinch knot wraps over the main line five times, then the tag goes through the loop. For fishing with super braids, wrap the tag end around the main line 10 times, take the tag through the loop formed and then finish by taking the tag through the second loop formed.

The Trilene Knot can also be used for super lines by following the same extra wrap precations. For the angler who hasn’t mastered the Palomar Knot the Clinch Knot and Trilene Knot are a couple very good options.

Fishing knots are an important part of any fishing trip. The author uses
 just four different knots for the majority of his fishing adventures.
The Double Uni Knot is ideal for tying leader material to almost any main line imaginable. This knot can be used to tie braid to braid, braid to monofilament, braid to fluorocarbon, mono to fluorocarbon or any other combination an angler might imagine.

This is the knot I use to tie fluorocarbon leaders to my jigging rods that feature braided line as the main line. This same knot is used to tie leaders onto my lead core set ups.

What I like most about this knot is it is very strong and small when cinched up tight and the tags trimmed correctly. I can reel this knot right up into the rod guides and onto the reel even with bait casting and level wind reels.

I have found that this knot works well with line diameters down to about 10 pound test. For connecting lines of thinner diameter -- panfish or ice fishing set ups -- I feel that using a loop knot works better.

Anyone who has ever fished a nightcrawler harness has fished the Egg Loop knot. Easier to tie than a snell knot and just as strong, the Egg Loop also doesn’t slide so when you’re tying multiple hooks on a harness it’s easy to position the hooks exactly the distance apart you prefer.

The Egg Loop is perfect for tying nightcrawler harnesses, single and multiple hook slip sinker rigs, stinger hook set ups and also for tying on single hooks used to hold spawn bags or yarn for steelhead and trout fishing. The Egg Loop performs well with monofilament and fluorocarbon line types and is easy to master.

All four of these knots are easy to tie and they function flawlessly. To learn more about these and other fishing knots visit the site They now have an app that will allow you to take this information right on the water with you. Pretty cool and a lot cheaper than hiring a fishing guide!!