|Listed below are the best knots to know when attaching line to terminal tackle, be it a hook, lure, float, bobber, weight, swivel, sinker, snap, bead, or leader. |
Clinch KnotThis is a simple knot that is both strong and dependable, considered "the knot to know" to fishermen.
A - Pass the line through the eye of the hook, or swivel.
B - Double back. make five turns around the line.
C - Pass the end of the line through the first loop, above the eye
D - Then through the large loop. Pull the knot to draw the knot tight.
E - Slide the coils down tight against the eye and tighten again.
Palomar KnotThe Palomar Knot is not only a simple knot for terminal tackle, but is regarded to be one of the strongest knots known.
A - Double about 12 inches of line, and pass through the eye.
B - Tie a simple Overhand Knot in the doubled line
C- Pull the end of loop down, passing it completely over the hook.
D - Pull both ends of the line to draw up the knot.
Jansik KnotAnother simple knot that can be tied relativley easily, The Jansik is a very strong knot tied as follows:
Put 5 inches of line through the eye of the hook.
A - Thread the line thru the eye of the hook twice, creating one loop.
B - Repeat to create a second loop.
C -And repeat once more to make three loops thru the eye of the hook.
D - Holding the three circles of line against each other, wrap the end three times around the circles.
E - Create tension on the hook either by holding or fastening the hook to something to create tension,
placing strain on the hook.
F - Pull on both ends of the line to tighten.
Scaffold KnotThis is a much simpler variant. In all likelihood, this Grant's Uni-Knot. I have used it for more than fifty years and it has never failed me, whether tied in 1kg or 50kg monofilament. It was taught to me by the late Wally Kerr, a top flathead fisherman.
Pass a 15cm loop of line through the eye.
Lock the upper part between thumb and forefinger, making a loop.
Make two more loops over the double part, holding them too, between thumb and forefinger.
Pass the end through the two loops just made, plus the first loop made in step2.
The formed knot can now be drawn into shape, and worked down against the eye of the hook or swivel.
Snelling A HookOne small problem is the variety of names that may be applied to the one knot, for example, a Granny is a False Knot, a Clove Hitch is a Waterman's Knot, an Overhand Knot is a Thumb Knot. But when we come to snelling a hook, the length of nylon attached to the hook may be a snell or a snood.
I now find that the actual job of tying the snood may be called snoozing, while snelling is often jealously thought of as an art restricted to the fly fisherman. I have fished with bottom-fisherman on the Great Barrier Reef who routinely snell their hooks.
Restricted to lines of breaking strength less than about 20kg, the process is a simple one.
Pass the end of the line, trace or tippet through the eye twice, leaving a loop hanging below the hook.
Hold both lines along the shank of the hook.
Use the loop to wind tight coils around the shank and both lines, from the eye upwards. Use from 5 to 10 turns.
Use the fingers to hold these tight coils in place. Pull the line (extending from the eye) until the whole loop has passed under these tight coils.
With coils drawn up, use pliers to pull up the end of the line.
Turle KnotI have included the still-used Turle Knot for old times sake. Also known as the Turtle Knot, and Major Turle's Knot, it is simplicity itself to tie, but is one of the weakest knots.
It should never be used for light lines, and there are better knots for use with heavy ones.
Pass the line through the eye of the hook.
Make a simple loop.
Carry the end of the line on to make a Simple Overhand Knot upon the loop.
Pass the loop over the hook.
Draw up into shape.
Double Turle KnotTied in monofilament nylon, the Turle Knot may slip unless another Simple Overhand Knot is made at the end of the line where it leaves the Turle Knot.
It is improved substantially by using the Double Turle Knot.
Pass the line through the eye of the hook or swivel.
Make two simple loops, and carry the line on to make a Simple Overhand Knot around both loops.
Pass both of these loops over the hook or swivel.
Pull on both parts of the line to draw the knot up into shape against the eye of the hook or swivel.
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