How to Connect Two Fishing Lines

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How to Connect Two Fishing Lines
Blood knots are particularly secure when tied using monofilament line segments of similar diameters. (fishing reel image by Brett Mulcahy from Fotolia.com)

Anglers frequently must join two pieces of fishing line together during a day on the water. There are a number of knots that can be used to join fishing lines together. A blood knot provides a secure means of joining two fishing lines together where the fishing lines are made of the same material and are of relatively equal diameters.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Two pieces of fishing line
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay the two fishing lines next to one another in such a manner that the tag ends of the lines overlap each other by 3 or 4 inches.

  2. 2

    Wrap the tag end of Line 1 approximately four to five times around Line 2 before passing the tag end of Line 1 between the gap that exists between the main portion of line 1 and the tag end of line 2.

  3. 3

    Wrap the tag end of Line 2 approximately four to five times around Line 1 before passing the tag end of line 2 between the gap that has been created between the main portion of line 2 and the tag end of Line 1. You previously inserted the tag end of Line 1 through this gap and the tag end of Line 2 must be inserted through the gap in the opposite direction.

  4. 4

    Gently pull on main Lines 1 and 2 in order to tighten the knot.

  5. 5

    Trim away the tag ends of each line in order to make sure that the knot can pass smoothly through the guides of your fishing rod.

Tips and warnings

  • Moisten the knot with water or saliva prior to pulling the knot tight. Otherwise, the friction generated when the knot is pulled tight can severely damage the line in a manner that significantly reduces the knot's overall strength.
  • The blood knot works best when used to join two fishing lines of similar materials and similar sizes. Use a double uni-knot to join lines of different materials or different diameters.

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