Loop Knots for Fishing

A loop knot for fishing is meant to have open loops where the angler can tie a line to the end of a rig or to make an interconnecting system for attaching tackle parts. Learn how to tie a fishing knot of this type with these simple instructions.

Loop knots are used so the line or leader won’t impair the action of the lure, for example with “walk-the-dog” artificial lures that “swim” back and forth. There are different ways to learn how to tie a fishing knot

SURGEON’S FISHING LOOP 

When learning how to tie a loop knot, the surgeon’s loop will probably be the first loop knot you are introduced to. These loop knots will use more line than most. They can feel bulky, but they are great for making quick, strong loops at the end of lines and leaders for connecting to other loops (aka, loop to loop knot).

  1. Fold over the tag end of line
  2. Using both strands, create a double overhand knot
  3. Pull up carefully on both ends as well as the middle loop

FIGURE-EIGHT FISHING LOOP 

Figure-eight loop knots are easy to tie and are often used on multi-hook fishing lines. Learn how to tie a loop knot of this type to make a loop in the middle of your line for attaching a hook or another rig.

 

  1. Double over your line, creating a loop about 6 to 8 inches long.
  2. Create a second loop by bringing your initial loop under the standing lines.
  3. Wrap the inital loop around the standing lines, and then bring it through the second loop.
  4. Tighten the knot down by pulling both ends, and then trim the tag end.

IN-LINE DROPPER 

Use this knot to make a loop in the middle of your line to attach a hook or another rig. These loop knots are often used on multi-hook fishing lines.

 

  1. Fold the line back over itself to make a loop
  2. Twist the two overlapping line sections four or five times
  3. Pull the loop through this center twist
  4. Pull tight

As you can see, there is nothing daunting about tying a loop knot. Now that you’ve learned how to tie both loop knots and line joining knots, you’re ready to build a fishing rig at the end of your line.