Fishing Loop Knots

Loop knots are meant to have open loops where you can tie a line to the end of a rig or to make an interconnecting system for attaching tackle parts. Learn how to create fishing line knots with these simple instructions.

A fishing loop knot is 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.

Surgeon's Fishing Loop

The surgeon’s knot (or double surgeon’s knot) for lures will use more line than most. It can feel bulky, but is great for making quick, strong loops at the end of lines and leaders for connecting to other loops.

To learn how to make this type of fishing loop knot, follow these three steps:

  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

The figure-eight fishing line loop knots are easy to tie and are often used on multi-hook fishing lines. Use this simple loop knot to make a loop in the middle of your line to attach a hook or another rig. For a figure-eight fishing loop knot, there are three steps to follow:

  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 loop knot for lures to make a loop in the middle of your line to attach a hook or another rig. This fly fishing loop knot is are often used on multi-hook fishing lines. Learning how to make this fishing loop knot is easy:

  1. Fold the line back over itself to make a loop at the desired location. Pass line from one side of loop through and around.
  2. Twist the two overlapping line sections four or five times while keeping the loop open with your finger.
  3. Pull the loop through this center twist. Push the bottom of the original loop up through the central hole created from the wraps.
  4. Pull tight. Pull both ends in opposite directions and slide the coils together while keeping the loop open.

Now that you’ve mastered how to tie fishing knots such as loop knots and line joining knots, you’re ready to build a fishing rig at the end of your line.