How to Tie Fishing Rig Knots

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How to Tie Fishing Rig Knots
Poorly tied knots will lose fish. (fishing rod image by Inhumane Productions from

Poorly tied knots are likely to break, resulting in the loss of expensive lures and trophy fish. Practice tying the knots at home before using them on the water; become efficient, and tie the knots quickly while fishing. Numerous knots are possible, but learning to tie several knots well is sufficient for the majority of fishing rig applications.

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Things you need

  • Reel
  • Line
  • Clippers

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    Arbor Knot

  1. 1

    Tie an arbor knot to connect the fishing line to the reel spool. This knot is ineffective for any other purpose on the fishing rig . Tie this knot only when replacing fishing lines.

  2. 2

    Tie an overhand knot in the tag end of the fishing line. Feed the tag end of the line around the spool of the reel.

  3. 3

    Wrap the tag end around the main stem of the line to create a circle. Wrap the tag end through the circle, like you are tying an overhand knot. Slowly pull the knot tight to the spool. The knot slips, but will catch on the overhand knot on the tag end.

    Blood Knot

  1. 1

    Tie a blood knot to secure two pieces of line together. This knot is commonly used for connecting sections of tippet and leader material.

  2. 2

    Position the tag ends of each line so they face in opposite directions. Leave plenty of slack for the knot tying process.

  3. 3

    Wrap each tag end around the main line of the opposite piece. Wrap each tag end five times, and then feed the ends back though the loop created in the middle of the wraps.

  4. 4

    Hold the tag ends while you pull the main lines away from each other. This tightens the knot. Clip the tag ends.

    Clinch Knot

  1. 1

    Use the clinch knot to tie a fly or lure to the end of the line. The clinch knot is a standard, and it is very strong.

  2. 2

    Feed the tag end of the line through the eye of the hook. Wrap the tag around the main line eight times. Feed the tag through the loop that is created at the base of the wraps.

  3. 3

    Hold the tag end of the hook while pulling the main line. This tightens the knot. Clip the tag end.

Tips and warnings

  • Test each knot by applying pressure with your hands. This ensures that the knot is properly tied and will not fail.
  • Tighten the knots slowly to prevent the line from burning. Pulling fast will create friction and weaken the line.

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