5 Basic Fishing Knots You Should Know

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Fishing knots are a critical component of successful fishing. With the aid of bait and lures, and carefully placed hooks the fisherman can land just about any kind of fish under the sun. However, with the use of other knotting tools, some species may prove to be more than the challenge even a novice fisher could bring to the water’s edge. Knowing which knots are right for the job is crucial to a successful fishing trip. And knowing how to tie knots in the right way can make all the difference in your results.

Knots And Knot Tools

In order to successfully fish with knots, you need to master one tool, the knot tool. This multi-functional tool consists of a number of small black rings attached to an expandable metal pole. Many fishermen swear by the small metal pole, while others prefer to tie the leader and tails on their fly rods. No matter your preference, the important thing to remember is that these knots are important to fishing.

As mentioned earlier, a fly fisherman needs to master the knotting art. What does this tool do, exactly? Let’s take a look at its purpose and the types of knots, it is best suited to work with.

Know About The Arbor Knot

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The arbor knot is a knot that is used to attach flies to the end of the line. It has an arch shape that forms when twisted, like an arbor on a huge tree. This knotting tool can be found in various styles, from the hooked end tied in a loop to the open end tied at the arbor. This knotting tool is most often seen being used on sinkers, live bait, and trout flies. Because it does not provide as much control as other types of knots, this knot should only be used on small to moderate sized fish.

Another knotting tool is the nail knot. This knot attaches the fly to the leader and allows the angler to twist the leader to control the direction of the fly. Nail knots have been used extensively as a means of fly fishing, and there are different types of nails, including soft, strong, synthetic, and braided. Nail knots are commonly used in float fishing, but they are also popular for arbor and other applications.

A Simple Knot Is The Half Hitch

This knotting tool is a simple, slender loop, similar to the fetlock, that allows the angler to adjust the size of the fly fishing loop. Half Hitch Knots are most commonly seen being used for trout fly fishing, but they can also be used for other types of knotting material. Because of their simple nature, these knots tend to be weaker than other types of knotting materials.

One very popular knot is the eyelet knot. Eyelets are simply pieces of small line that are threaded onto a larger line. It is the simplest of all knots and is known for its ability to work over a wide range of lines. These knots are used extensively in fly tying and angling and should be one of the basic knots when beginning.

Bottom Line

The most frequently used loop knot is the eye knot. These knots are used to secure leaders to tippets, or to attach a leader to backing. When looping, this knot will maintain its shape while never coming undone. Many experienced fishermen prefer these knots over all others because they are simple and consistent.

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