Basic Fishing Knots

The best saltwater fishing knots are the knots that you feel confident tying and can tie quickly when you are out on the water. As you gain more fishing experience, you will hear about many different types of saltwater fishing knots.

Consider the type of fishing gear you plan use, the type of fishing line, and whether you intend to use natural bait or lures most often. These factors can help you determine which knots to learn first.

To start, you can focus on learning just three types of knots: a knot to tie your line to your reel, a line to leader knot (to tie your leader to your fishing line), and terminal knot (to tie your hook or lure to your leader). Once you know how to tie one of each of these three basic types of knots, you can build on your knot tying skills and learn how to tie others. Remember, fishing knots can be fun to tie, and don’t take long to master with a little bit of practice.

Best Saltwater Fishing Knots

The best knot for saltwater fishing is often up for debate depending on the angler and the situation. Begin by keeping it simple. If you plan to go inshore saltwater fishing, you can try tying and using this series of three knots (line to reel, line to leader, and a terminal knot).

Line To Reel: Arbor Knot

If you buy a new saltwater fishing reel, you will need to spool your reel with fishing line. In this situation, you would use an arbor knot to attach the fishing line to your reel. You can also use an arbor knot to respool your reel if your fishing line gets old or frayed and you need to replace it with new line. You can learn how to tie an Arbor Knot by watching a video or by following step-by-step instructions.

Line To Leader: Double Uni Knot

There are saltwater fishing knots and rigs that work well for connecting two lines of differing diameters. The Double Uni Knot is a good example of a knot that is often used to tie two different types of line together. For example, when you want to tie braided main line to a fluorocarbon leader line. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to tie this knot in the section that explains line joining knots.

Terminal Knot: Non-Slip Loop Knot

A terminal knot is a type of knot that attaches your hook or your lure to your leader line. There are also many different types of terminal knots, such as the Palomar Knot or the Clinch Knot. The Non-Slip Loop Knot is often used when you want your bait or lure to have natural movement in the water. You can learn how to tie a Non-Slip Loop Knot by watching a video that walks you through each of the simple steps.