How to Tie a Hook Onto a Line

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How to Tie a Hook Onto a Line
Several fishing knots allow the hook to hang vertically from the line. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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.

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  • Fishing monofilament
  • Fishhook with an eye
  • Line clippers

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    Improved Clinch Knot

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

    Palomar Knot

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

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