Before worrying about how to tie a basic fishing knot for use in saltwater, first consider the type of fishing gear you plan to use, the type of fishing line, and whether you intend to use natural bait or lures most often. These factors often help new anglers determine which basic saltwater fishing knots to learn first.
Knowing how to tie a fishing knot is a must for all anglers. While freshwater anglers have a recommended total of four basic knots to master, new anglers learning how to fish in saltwater have only three basic knots to know: a knot to tie the line to the reel, a line to leader knot (to tie the leader to your fishing line), and terminal knot (to tie the hook or lure to your leader). Once you know how to tie these three knots with confidence, you can build on your knot tying skills and learn how to tie others while still having the ability to enjoy saltwater fishing.
Best Saltwater Fishing Knots
Learning how to tie basic fishing knots for saltwater fishing should begin by considering the saltwater environment. 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
Knowing how to tie a basic fishing knot for use in saltwater means, first and foremost, attaching fishing line to the saltwater reel. The most basic knot for this purpose is the arbor knot. 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.