Tips & Techniques

Knot Tying

  • Uni-to-Uni

    The Uni-to-Uni Knot is a simple and strong way to connect two lines. Ideal for attaching leader lines such as fluorocarbon or monofilament leaders to a braided main line.

  • Surgeon's Knot

    Commonly used in Fly Fishing, the Surgeon's Knot is easy to tie and is useful to join two lines of moderately unequal size, e.g., a tippet to a leader.

  • Slim Beauty Knot

    The Slim Beauty Knot is an excellent knot for joining different diameters and different materials. Strong and easy to tie, many people use it as a more convenient alternative to a Bimini Twist.

  • Palomar Knot

    The Palomar Knot is a very simple and strong fishing knot for tying a line to a hook.

  • Non-Slip Loop Knot

    The Non-Slip Loop Knot creates a fixed loop so a lure can move freely (as opposed to a Clinch Knot where the knot is tightly tied to the hook.) This knot is a great choice for crankbaits, jigging applications and top water baits that need a lot of side-to-side action and freedom to move with the action of the lure.

  • Improved Clinch Knot

    The Improved Clinch Knot is a very popular method for tying line to a lure, hook or swivel. It is a very good choice for lighter monofilament and fluorocarbon lines but can be difficult to tie with limp braided lines.

  • Duncan Loop Knot

    The Duncan's Loop forms a loop at the end of the line, allowing the lure or fly to move freely. Unlike many other loop knots the Duncan's Loop allows you to easily adjust the size of the loop before the knot is pulled tight.

  • Cross Over Uni Knot

    Used to tie braided superline to the arbor of a reel -- make sure your reel is braid-ready with a non-slip texture. (To prevent braid from slipping on non braid-ready spools, be sure to tie a monofilament backing to the spool with the Arbor Knot.)

  • Blood Knot

    The Blood Knot is a great choice for splicing two lines of similar diameter. Ideal for attaching leader lines such as fluorocarbon or monofilament leaders to a braided mainline.

  • Arbor Knot

    The Arbor Knot is used for tying line to the reel and can be used for both baitcast or spinning reels. This knot is suggested for monofilament and fluorocarbon lines. This can be also used for braided superlines or unifilament if the spool is designed with a non-slip braid-ready spool.

  • Albright Knot

    The Albright Knot is a great choice for attaching a mainline to a leader line, especially when using two lines of different diameter. Additionally this knot is a great choice for connecting the leader when you've already tied a loop knot in the main line like a Bimini Twist, Surgeon's Loop or Spider Hitch.