How to Tie a Hook Onto a Line

Updated November 21, 2016

Anglers use many different knots, but several work particularly well for tying a fishhook to a fishing line. The improved clinch knot, the Palomar knot and the basic uni-knot are the most common knots anglers use to connect a hook to a line. The Palomar Knot is appropriate for heavy-duty fishing lines, while the Improved Clinch knot works well with lighter lines. Because of its reliability, use the uni-knot with any type of line. These knots work best with monofilament line. Use them to fasten any hook, lure, artificial fly, swivel or clip to the end of a fishing line.

Pull the end of the line through the hole at the end of the hook.

Form a loop with the leading end of the line positioned beneath the end that leads to the rest of the line.

Wrap the line around the straight line leading back to the rest of the line about four times.

Pull the line back to the first loop formed and pull it through. Slowly tighten it and trim the end.

Pull the line through the end of the hook and form a loop by pulling the line back through the loop in the hook.

Take the end of the loop and the two straight lines on the opposite end. Pretend that these two groupings are one line of a rope each and tie an overhand knot with them.

Pull the end of the loop down around the hook. Tighten the knot and trim the line.

Pull the end of the line through the loop in the hook and then pull it straight back, making two parallel lines.

Wrap the free end of the line six times around the side of the circle and the line that leads away from the hook.

Pull the end of the line to tighten all of the loops into a small bunch.

Push the bunch back down by tightening it more so that it touches the end of the hook. Trim the line.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing monofilament
  • Fishhook with an eye
  • Line clippers
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