The Best Fishing Knots (And How To Tie Them)

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In a previous post, I talked about different knots, which ones to use for different circumstances, and different fish. In this post, I will take you through how to tie some of the Best Fishing Knots.Best Fishing Knots

Most are pretty simple, and won’t take long to perfect. Others are a bit more complicated and will take a bit of practice to get good at tying them. These are some of the most widely used fishing knots, and by knowing these you will know most situations.

Tying a good knot is hard when you first start, maybe the hardest thing you will need to learn. To make things easier you can find Knot Tying Tools around. These are great for people just starting, in cold weather, if your eyes aren’t what they used to be, or if you don’t have much light. If you are interested in one of these products, check out Fishing Knot Tying Tools.

For tying on lures

The Kreh Loop Knot or Lefty Loop Knot(named after its creator) is a great all-around knot for your lures. It looks a bit complicated, but with a bit of practice, it will become second nature. The loop can be made into different sizes or bought right down to hook or lure.

The Perfection Knot is a very easy knot to tie. Good for tying onto a lure or loop to loop joining. I use this knot for attaching my sinker to the bottom of a Paternoster rig. This way I can change out the sinker whenever needed.


The Rapala Knot is a non-slip loop knot that can be tied directly to the lure allowing it to move naturally and freely. It is extensively used in fly-fishing. This one is a little trick and fiddley, especially with flies. A good Fishing Knot Tying Tool can make things much easier.

For Tying On Hooks

This is the go-to knot in most situations. When tied correctly, it is very strong and won’t come undone. always make sure you go back through that first loop as this is the safety. It does still hold when not done but has a chance to come undone under pressure. Probably one of the most used knots in fishing. I use this for tying hooks, swivels, and clips.

Another great all-around knot. This one can also be used with lures. Very quick and easy to remember. Not as secure as the improved clinch knot. I don’t personally use this knot all that much as I find the knot it leaves is too big.

This knot is very useful when tying something very small onto a small line. In this instance, a small fly, but is also great for tying on small hooks and swivels. Another one of those fiddly knots that a good Knot Tying Tool will help with.

Traditional only use with straight hook, very good knot as it distributes the friction point. Great for eyeless hooks. Often used in a tandem hook rig, it will keep your line in line with the shank of the hook. By using this in conjunction with a running Snell, you can adjust the length between for when using strip bait.

Also, called the Nanofil Knot, it’s great for tying braid or nanofilm line directly to hooks and swivels. This won’t come undone. But as you can see, it does leave a pretty big knot down at the hook.

For Joining Line

Use this knot when joining mono to mono.  When done correctly and pulled tight, this knot should be able to easily pass through the eyes of your rod. I use this with my Baitcaster setup as I don’t use swivels with this rig.

For joining mono to braid or wire. This is the best knot for this purpose. I find that a blood knot tends to slip too much, sometimes coming undone. This knot once again can pass through the eyes on the rod when done correctly. Another I like to use for my Baitcaster setup.

That’s A Wrap

I know there are so many other knots that are great for fishing out there, too many to put all on one page, but I hope having these bunched together here can save you a lot of time. And with these great illustrations, you should have no problems in perfecting these knots. As mentioned, there are tools to help to make things easier. Find my review on these at Fishing Knot Tying Tools.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, and that I may have helped you to learn some useful knots. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback about this post, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Now get out there and catch some fish. As Always

Tight Lines

Tony Creator of Get Reel Fishin


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