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).
- Fold over the tag end of line
- Using both strands, create a double overhand knot
- 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.
- Fold over the tag end of line forming a double line (leaving lots of extra line)
- Create a figure-eight bend with the two lines, ending by going through the first loop
- As with the surgeon's loop, pull tight on the loop and both tag ends
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.
- Fold the line back over itself to make a loop
- Twist the two overlapping line sections four or five times
- Pull the loop through this center twist
- 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.