Easy Fishing Knots

The knots you tie are critical to your success when you’re out fishing. After all, it's your line that connects you to the fish you're catching. From how to tie the knots correctly to what knot to use in certain scenarios, we’ve got you covered with these easy fishing knots.

The Easy Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

Tying a fishing knot is an important talent and vital skill that all anglers should have. The knots you tie are critical to your success when you’re out fishing. After all, it's your line that connects you to the fish you're catching. From how to tie the knots correctly to what knot to use in certain scenarios, we’ve got you covered with these easy fishing knots:

Palomar Knot

A Palomar Knot is one of the most popular fishing knots. It’s also one of the strongest and easiest fishing knots to tie. This type of knot is best suited for a braided fishing line. To tie a Palomar Knot:

  1. Double around six inches of line and thread it through the eye of your fishing hook.
  2. Tie an overhand knot in the doubled fishing line and let your hook hang loosely. Don't twist the lines.
  3. Pull the end of your loop down and pass it over your hook.
  4. Moisten the line and pull both ends to draw up your knot and trim your excess line.

Rapala Knot

A Rapala knot is best for fluorocarbon lines. To do this knot:

  1. Tie an overhand knot six inches above the tag end of your fishing line.
  2. Move your tag end through the lure eyelet and overhand knot.
  3. Wrap around your standing line three times, and push your tag end through the back of your overhand knot.
  4. Run your tag end through the hook you just formed in the previous step.
  5. Finish by lubricating and tightening by pulling on the tag end, main line and the lure.

Hangman’s Knot

This style of knot is best for monofilament and terminal tackle, but it’s a versatile knot and can be used in a range of fishing scenarios. Hangman is one of the easy fish hook knots and it’s great for attaching your line to your reel.

  1. Run your line through the eye and double it back. This should form a circle.
  2. Wrap the tag end around the double line six times and then pull through the loop.
  3. Next, moisten your line and pull your main line to tighten.
  4. Finish by pulling the main line to slide your knot down to your eye of the hook or swivel.

Surgeon’s Knot

The surgeon’s knot or double surgeon’s knot, is another easy fishing knot that can be used to tie and join equal lines or unequal diameters.

  1. Put your leader line next to your main line.
  2. Create an overhand knot by pushing the long piece and leader of your main line through the loop.
  3. Make a second overhand knot by moving the previous ends through your loop.
  4. Wet the line and slowly tighten by pulling all of the ends.
  5. Finish by trimming up your tags.

With these knot-tying tips, you now you know how to tie fishing knots easily. What knot will you use on your next fishing trip? Learn about other types of fishing knots and how to create rigs in our next section.