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Five Fishing Knots You Need To Know Before Your Next Fishing Trip

The sun is just starting to rise above the horizon, steam is rolling off the water in the early light. As you get closer to the to the first spot your heart swells with anticipation of what’s to come. You take your position, crank back on your rod and fire the perfect cast. A few short moments later your heart stops.

You reel down hard and lean in to the full weight of the fish when… “SNAP”.  The line goes limp and you settle in for a long day. This feeling happens all too often among anglers. The good news is, it can usually be related back to one detail, the knot. In hopes to alleviate some of this heart ache, below are five foolproof fishing knots that may just save a day of fishing and help land that fish of a lifetime.

Fishing Knots: The Palomar Knot

Strength – 9 out of 10
Complexity – 2 out of 10
Purpose – Main Line to Hook

If there is one knot that I would consider a work horse this would be it. A tried and true champion of any class of line from heavy braid to small fluorocarbon, this knot will hold tight. I have gone days fishing with the same lure, being too lazy to re-tie, and this knot has pulled through for me.  Not to mention there hasn’t been a drop shot tied ever without this knot.

Being a simple self-tightening loop knot allows for fast ties and good line strength retention. One small detail of this knot takes it to the next level though. When completing the final step make sure the loop is on top of the knot and not resting on the side. This prevents the line cutting into itself which may cause early failure.

You can tie this knot to just about any bait and it will go to work. You may hear some people say not to tie it to walking topwater baits, jerkbaits, or crankbaits, but what that really comes down to is knot preference. The Palomar knot is a must know for the next time you hit the water!

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Fishing Knots: The FG Knot

Strength – 10 out of 10
Complexity – 10 out of 10)
Purpose – Main Line to Leader

This isn’t your average leader knot, this is for the big leagues. A super strong, low-profile knot that flows effortlessly through your guides. The FG knot provides a 100% line strength transfer. This allows the knot to stand up to the most savage saltwater strikes and hardest home run hook-sets. The way the main line weaves itself around the leader line forces it to bite into the leader, locking it into place. The small details in finishing this knot is what creates the most complexity.

First, absolutely terminate the FG weave with two half hitches, but don’t just tie them willy-nilly. Cinch them down slowly and as close to the FG as you can. Tying one away from you and the next towards you as the pictures describe.

This creates an even knot allowing it to cast and run through your guides that much easier.

Second, tying the finish, you will wrap away from you then “unwind” the knot and pull it tight. This creates tension, pulling the knot together every time you set the hook ensuring it will not work itself loose. Due to the complexity of this knot definitely practice, practice, practice until it becomes second nature. Once you get it right, you will be amazed as to just how strong it is.

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Fishing Knots: The San Diego Jam Knot

Strength – 8 out of 10
Complexity – 4 out of 10
Purpose – Main Line to Hook

This is one of the few knots that have made the transition from the ocean skiffs to the deck of a bass boat. Developed initially for thick monofilament, the San Diego Jam Knot has been a god sent for anyone who fishes fluorocarbon in heavy cover.

The design of this knot allows for the force of a strike or hook-set to be transferred evenly throughout the knot, eliminating the classic fluorocarbon “pop” on a hook-set. This has become my favorite fluorocarbon knot and it works with any test line.

A small change that I make which seems to have a big effect is using less wraps when tying heavy line. I have a smaller profile knot and one that holds better as well.

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Fishing Knots: The Davy Knot

Strength – 7 out of 10
Complexity – 3 out of 10
Purpose – Main Line to Hook

The Davy knot was one that was introduced to me on a small trout stream in Central Pennsylvania. I was fishing 6x tippet on size 20 – 22 flies and the knot I was using was simply too bulky. It was causing the fly to drag and sink.

Another gentleman on the stream came to my rescue and set me straight. He showed me the Davy knot which is also known as the Figure Eight knot.

Easy to tie and small profile, it is ideal for these micro sized flies.

Additionally, the ability to remove this knot when changing flies is not a problem with this knot. This proves exceptionally helpfully for forgetful fishermen like myself who never seem to have clippers. This may not be the strongest knot in the world, but without a doubt it can salvage a day.

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Fishing Knots: The Snell Knot

Strength – 10 out of 10
Complexity – 3 out of 10
Purpose – Main Line to Hook

Living in Georgia, we are blessed with having thick vegetation nearly year-round. Allowing us to have a seven-and-a-half-foot broom stick with a cannonball for a weight on the front deck all the time.

Punching and flipping this grass pushes your equipment to its absolute limits.

You are going to want a knot that will take everything you throw at it and ask for more, the Snell is that Knot. Allowing for 100% line strength transmission and a low profile, the Snell knot is my go to when I know I will be dragging big fish that are buried deep into heavy cover. An interesting result of using this knot is when you set the hook on a fish, the hook doesn’t come straight to you, it swings out to the side increasing the chances of contacting the fishes mouth for a solid hold.

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With all of the variables that exist in fishing, all the curve balls we get thrown out on the water, our knots are something that we can control entirely. Taking the time to learn these knots will not only make you a more efficient angler, but also give you peace of mind knowing you have one less thing to worry about. Fishing is hard enough and with the knots above, next time you make that perfect cast and lean into that fish of a lifetime, you can have the confidence of knowing your knot will hold.

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Lou Mocniak


I am a recently graduated college angler trying to make a name for myself on the tournament trails. I have a passion for fishing new bodies of water and always looking for the next bite. I have spent countless hours learning the sport of Bass Fishing and hope to spread some of what I have learned to you!

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