Half Blood Knot One of my favourite and easiest knots to perform is the half blood knot.

It is also one of the safest knots to have when tying to singular hooks, swivels and lures. If you look at the design of the knot, you can see that if tension is applied to the hook, the coils actually exert more pressure on the line, preventing it from slipping off your hook. The knot is tied by passing the line thru the eye of the hook, wrapping the tag around the main line 4-6 times, then passing the tag back thru the first loop made around the eye of the hook. The finer the diameter of the line in relation to the diameter of the hook eye, the greater the number of turns (up to six) that should be made. If you really want to be fussy, take a cigarette lighter and melt the cut tip of the line (the tag) so that a small ball of monofilament forms. If your not careful, the heat of the lighter could degrade the strength of the knot and line on the hook. I usually don't worry about this. Knots these days have been designed to cater for most situations of fishing.

Figure Eight Knot This type of knot is made for the purpose of attaching leaders, traces or other terminal tackle. It has the advantage that they can be tied quickly and in the dark. Also, terminal tackle can be easily interchangeable on this knot. I primarily use the figure eight knot on bottom fishing rigs for light or heavy sinkers. Its easy and quick to make, and if used in conjunction with a dropper loop, you need only to worry about its placement on the rig relative to the dropper loops. Learning the knots takes time. Tying the knots and locating them on a rig takes some practice as well. First, bend the line back upon itself to form a loop. Then twist the loop twice over around the doubled leader. Pass the end of the loop thru the first loop formed to get the figure of eight configuration. Pull the knot tight and cut off the tag

Snelled Knot This knot is ideal for hooks with up or down turned eyes in a ganged configuration. It would have to be one of the hardest knots I learnt in my repertoire of knots. Tying of the actual knot is relatively easy, just the placement of fingers on the hook and monofilament was difficult to master, especially when dealing with small ganged hooks, to get a comfortable feel to tying it. The objective of a ganged rig is to bind or gang several hooks in line, for use with bait such as white bait, pilchard, squid and garfish. The eye of the hook can be threaded as shown, but its not always preferred. Make a loop with the tag, then wrap the loop around the tag and shank of the hook 8-10 times. As you pull on both lines to tighten the knot, any excess of loop will be taken out when the tag is being pulled. Cut any excess tag off.

Remove the match and pull the doubled section of the loop thru exactly the same hole the match stick was in. For example. grasp loop with free hand and form a simple overhand knot. snaps. rather than outside as you might expect. you will notice the sequence of twists reverse so that the loop feeds from the center of the knot. Step 2 Holding standing line between thumb and finger. leave plenty of line out from your first hook to allow tying the rest of the rig. I use 25kg monofilament line with chemically sharpened 4/0 hooks for Salmon. It is a generalpurpose connection used in joining fishing line to swivels. putting a twist in the line. hooks and artificial lures. Repeat the process for Hook 3. Some bait like garfish can be long and you may need 4 ganged hooks. This may not be a good idea when fish are not on the bite. Rotate the match. and is ideal for use with braided lines (SpideWire Fusion). Make a loop in your line. . cut any excess tag off. This line is somewhat thick and easy to work with. As you pull the knot tight. Make about 5 rotations of the match stick so that a series of twists are made on each side of the match stick. When tying a ganged rig. Tommies and sand whiting. and repeat the process on Hook 2 and treat Hook 1 as if it wasn't there. Snell Hook 1. "A". When correctly made the loop should stand out at right angles to the line. Dropper Loop The Dropper Loop is used to form several loops in a line above the sinker. then tighten the line at "B" which is part of the tag. Step 1 Double the line and form a loop three to four inches long. Snapper and Trevally. The double wrap of line through the eyelet provides a protective cushion for added knot strength. A handy tip is to put a match stick to one side of the crossover. Mulloway. Just be careful you don't prick yourself. When rigging. keep in mind the type of fish your going for because it is this which governs the size of hook and strength of line your going to use for your bait. I use 4-6 kilo line. Pass the end of the loop through the hook's eye. Palomar Knot The Palomar Knot is quick to tie and sufficiently strong for most fishing situations.I learnt this knot by actually studying and unsnelling a pre-made rig I purchased from a local tackle store. When finished. For smaller fish such as garfish. The loops can also be made long enough to loop a hook directly onto it.

making sure that the legs of the double line are equal in length. rotate the swivel vertically through the loop three times. Finally. thread the loop through the eye of the swivel. pull the line against the swivel so that the twists gather. or has teeth that would normally bite through monofilament line. Then wrap the line end around the standing part of the line three times. Looping the swivel three times is recommended. you may need more wraps if using light line. Haywire Twist Haywire Twists are handy to use on dead bait that is to be trolled. so it is most practical when using the same terminal tackle over a long period of time. Select a swivel with adequate wire diameter ie thickness. In Step 3. In Step 2. pull gradually to make the final knot. This knot takes a little more time to tie. then put the end back through the two loops in front of the hook eye. . This is one of the most commonly used methods for linking solid wire leader to any connecting ring. In Step 1. The usage of wire infers that the species of fish being sought is either of a large nature. and less wraps with heavy line. The number of wraps and the two different kinds of wraps in the Haywire Twist are absolutely necessary to keep the wire from pulling apart. Coat the prepared knot with saliva. Using a too small a swivel will actually cut the knot. as shown in Step 2. Finish off by working the twists down onto the eye of the swivel with your thumbnail. as this helps lubricate the knot when making the final pull. however.Step 3 Pass hook through loop and draw line while guiding loop over top of eyelet. turn the line end through the hook eye twice. Step 4 Pull tag end of line to tighten knot snugly and trim tag end to about 1/8 Double Loop Clinch Knot This knot is used chiefly for tying on various types of swivels when trolling. grab hold of the swivel in one hand and the double line in the other. Firstly. Cat's Paw Knot Stretch a double line from the knot to the swivel to insure that the legs of the line are of equal length. Remove any twist from legs of the line.

* Twist or Cut the excess off. The knot has a tendency to untie itself after Arbor Knot The Arbor Knot provides the angler with a quick. Step 4 The finished product.* Twist the strands together. . easy connection for attaching a line to the reel spool. The knot's unique double wrap design and ease of tying constantly yeilds a strong. This knot uses two wraps of monofilament through the hook eye to increase its strength and durability. It can be used in joining line to swivels. bend the loose end around the main strand. Trim tag end leaving at least 1/8 inch. Do not cut the tag end too close. Step 2 Loop around standing part of line 5 or 6 times. even motion without hesitation. very close to 100% for some lines and diameters and almost always above 90%. * Keeping the wire tight. Step 1 Run end of line through eye of hook or lure and double back through the eye a second time. dependable connection. Trilene Knot The Trilene Knot is a strong reliable connection. hooks and artificial lures. snaps. The breaking strength is very high for this knot. Step 3 Tighten knot with a steady. that resists slippage and premature failures. Thread tag end between the eye and the coils as shown.

Albright Knot The Albright Knot is commonly used for joining monofilament lines of unequal diametres and for creating shock leaders. Step 2 Slip the tag end of the lighter line under your left thumb and pinch it tightly against the heavier strands of the loop. Step 5 With your left hand still holding the heavier line. Using pliers. Step 4 With the thumb and forefinger of the left hand.Step 1 Pass the line around the reel arbor. Wrap the first turn of the lighter line over itself and continue wrapping towards the round end of the loop. slide the coils of lighter line towards the end of the loop. Step 2 Tie an overhand knot around the standing line. Step 1 Bend a loop in the tag end of the heavier line and hold between the thumb and forefinger of the left hand. It is also used for connecting monofilament line to wire. pull the tag end of the lighter line tight to keep the coils from slipping off the loop. Pull . pull on the standing part of the lighter line. It must enter and leave the loop on the same side. Step 3 Insert the tag end of the lighter line through the end of the loop at the bottom. Snug down the first overhand knot on the reel arbor. and stop 1/8 of an inch from the end of the loop. Step 3 Pull tight and snip off excess. Take at least 12 turns with the lighter line around the three strands.

5cm of nylon. Uni to Uni Knot This particular knot is used for tying two pieces of line together or tying a monofilament leader to the new braided lines. Pull the standing part of the heavy mono and the standing part of the light line. Step 1 Overlap the two lines for about 15cm. This can be overcome or slowed down by using a loop for your free end on the braided line and then tying the same knot as shown below. Step 1 Take 2 turns (3 if necessary) around the main line at the chosen point. Once the basic knot is learned. Using one end. to joining lines that vary by 10 times in test strength. The single Uni-Knot is the basis for an entire knot tying system. It also provides 100 % knot strength in most of it's applications. usually the same diameter as the line itself. Step 3 Pull the end tight to draw the knot up into shape. When working with soft monofilament. Float Stop The float fisherman uses a running float for casting and general handiness.the tag end of the lighter line and the standing part a second time. Step 4 Repeat the process using the end of the other line. Step 3 . form a circle that overlies both lines. Step 2 Bring both ends around to form a Surgeon's Knot. braided lines tend to cut into the mono-line. but grips the monofilament nylon so tightly that it will not slide over the line. and stops the float from running up the line by using the Float Stop. it can be used for everything from tying hooks to light line. Step 2 Pass the end six times around the two lines. It should be made with about 12. It has the advantage that the stops moves readily over the rod guides.

Spider Hitch The offshore fisherman often have a need to tie a double line . and easier to handle. Step 2 This is the only tricky part . Make a single overhand knot in the double line. It is not practical with lines above 15 kg test. say 1. the thumb extending above the finger. Step 4 Moisten the knot in water and pull to tighten. Hold the tag end and standing line in your left hand.Tighten into shape bringing the coils close together Double Surgeon's Knot The Double Surgeon's Loop is a quick. The Spider Hitch is a fast. . than the line itself. It is often used as part of a leader system because it is relatively strong. Step 2 Hold the tag end and standing part of the line in your left hand and bring the loop around and insert through the overhand knot. Twist a section into a small loop. and with the loop standing up beyond the tip of the thumb.hold this loop with thumb and forefinger.a long loop of line that is obviously stronger. Step 1 Double the tag end of the line. easy knot to create a double-line leader.25m. easy way to tie a loop in the end of a leader. Step 3 Hold the loop in your right hand. Trim tag end to about 1/8 inch. Step 1 Form a loop of the desired length. Under steady pressure it is equally strong but does not have the resilience of the Bimini Twist under sharp impact.

as it never slips and is therefore useful for mooring or securing fish alongside. and pull gently to unwind the turns off the thumb. try the Fisherman's Bend. Leave 5" of free end. then tying another reverse form of the overhand knot.Step 3 Wind the doubled line around the thumb and the loop 5 times. Bowline Knot For making a temporary eye in any rope. the Reef Knot is the solution where bulkiness in the rope join is undesirable. forming a simple overhand knot. It does make it slightly more difficult to tighten down neatly. Rapala Knot The Rapala Knot is popular method to tie a lure (such as a Rapala!) to a line such that it can move freely and unimpeded by the knot. the bowline knot is ideal. Step 4 The knot is now formed and worked into tight coils. Pull the two end at either side simultaneously to draw the knot together. A flat knot. For permanent use. the tag end of the rope should be lashed down. but with practice can be done. Send the rest of the long loop through the small loop. Step 1 Tie an overhand knot. Reef Knot For uniting the end of two ropes of similiar diametre. the knot has one more step in it’s making. You should know how to tie one or the other for the occasions that you want your bait to swim more naturally. so that both ropes emerge from the same side of the loops. Essentially the same as the Non Slip Mono Loop. Step 2 . Fisherman's Bend If you are looking for a secure knot for mooring around bollards and wharves. Run free end through the eyelet. start the Reef Knot by crossing the ends. Whether this makes it more secure is still up to debate.

Braid Ring Knot Though this knot is considered as an exotic connnection. Step 6 Moisten line and draw up tight. Step 1 Pass the line through the hook eye or ring. Trim excess. This knot is almost similar to a normal Blood Knot.Run free end back through overhand knot. Step 5 Pass free end through loop that is formed. it is a little more tedious to tie. Step 4 Thread free end through back of overhand knot. Step 2 . twice leaving plenty of tag. Step 3 Wrap free end around standing part of line 3 times. but offers supreme holding power. but with more wraps to prevent sliding when tied on super lines.

A bimini twist creates a long loop of line which is stronger than the the line itself. To tie a Bimini twist longer than five feet takes two people. Step 2 Slowly spread the loop to slide twists together about 10" below tag end. Step 3 Then wind it back again the same number of times. meaning. Step 5 Slide the knot closed with gentle pressure on the main line. This prevents them bunching up as the knot closes. You want to spread the . Step 6 Finished Product Bimini Twist Used primarily for offshore trolling and double-line leaders.Wind the tag around the main line five or six times. A Bimini twist is a simple method of doubling your fishing line in order to prevent chafing or to create the necessary loop in order to attach a wind-on leader. although it could be done alone with a lot of practice.23 times. Step 1 Measure a little more than twice the length you will want for the double-line. Step 4 Thread the tag through the center of both ring wraps. it retains 100% or the original strength of the line being used. by twisting it. A short Bimini twist (up to five feet) can easily be accomplished by one person. stroking the knot back periodically as you do so to keep the wraps in sequence. This knot is a 100% knot. Rotate end of loop 18 . Bring end back to standing line and hold together.

forcing the loops to form in a spiral.lines evenly.) Step 4 Spread legs apart slowly to maintain pressure on loop. It take a practice. The twists should lay side by side and coil down nicely as shown to the right. keeping the same angle on each side. Now make a simple half-hitch with tag end around nearest leg of loop and pull up tight. Steer tag end into a tight spiral coil as it continues to roll over the twisted line. With other hand. but is a great knot worth the effort. Bimini twists over 5 feet long really need two people to tie properly. It is easiest to learn the knot with two people so one person can hold and spread the lines while the other person ties the knot. Leave about 1/4" of a tag end when trimming. it takes some time. Step 7 Make 2-3 more turns with the tag end around both legs of the loop. . gradually ease tension of tag end so it will roll over the column of twists. Keeping tension on loop with knees. Put a finger in crotch of line where loop joins knot to prevent slippage of last turn. so they do not wrap on top on one another. hold standing line in one hand with tension just slightly off the vertical position. winding inside the bend of line formed by the loose half-hitch and toward the knot. Using remaining tag end. Keep practicing. Step 5 When spiral of tag end has rolled over column of twists. release knee pressure but keep loop stretched. unless you have 8' legs ! Step 3 With twists now snug together. Step 6 With half-hitch holding knot. take half-hitch around both legs of loop. beginning just below the upper twist. Step 8 Moisten spirals and pull loops tight against main knot. but do not pull tight. Step both feet through loop and bring it up around knees so pressure can be placed on column of twists by spreading knees your apart. but avoid the twists jumping back over top. continue keeping knee pressure on loop and pinch the end of knot to keep it from unraveling. Pull tag end slowly. (as the line continues to spread apart the tag end will wrap back down over top of the twists. move tag end to position at right angle to twists.

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