When you’re getting ready to go fishing, make sure you first consider different types of fishing hooks and lines. Hooks and lines may be attached to one another using several different knot-tying methods. When using fishing knots to attach a hook to your line, you may start by learning one of the easier knot-tying methods such as the snell, palomar, improved clinch or turle knot.
While the process of tying the hook to the line varies depending on the size of the hook and the type of fishing line you use, our easy attach a hook to a fishing line tutorial provides you with step-by-step instructions.
Other knots include the surgeon’s loop, blood knot or the wire line to mono knot. However, these knots are used to connect different lines to one another, rather than tying a hook to a line. If you’re wondering how to tie a hook to a fishing line, the sections below review some popular ways to attach hooks and lines.
- Find out about different types of knots.
- Learn what types of lines are best for certain knots.
What are fishing knots used for?
To connect fishing hooks and lines to one another, or to attach lines to swivels and lures, you must learn how to tie a heavy-duty fishing knot. While certain types of knots work well when attaching a hook to a fishing line, other kinds of knots may only be used to attach lines to one another.
If using a knot to connect fishing lines, for instance, these knots are known as line-to-line knots. However, terminal fishing knots refer to knots that can be used to tie hooks and other types of tackle to fishing lines.
Some knots are stronger than others, and the strength of these knots can help you determine which one suits your fishing needs. Pairing the right hook with the right fishing line can optimize the durability of the fishing knot, which will make it more difficult for your latest catch to get away.
Which fishing hooks and lines can be tied together?
The process of how to tie a hook to a fishing line varies depending on the type of line, hook, swivel or lure you plan to use. For instance:
- Snell fishing knots are strong knots used to tie fishing leader line to a bait hook.
- Palomar knots are strong, heavy-duty knots used to attach hooks to braided fishing line or other types of terminal tackle.
- Improved clinch knots are one of the most popular knot types, as they can be used to tie monofilament fishing line or leader materials to a hook, lure or swivel.
- Turle knots are used to tie thin fishing lines to flies or small bait hooks.
How can I make snell fishing knots?
A snell fishing knot is used to connect bait hooks and leader lines to one another. To connect fishing hooks and lines by “snelling,” you must:
- Insert one end of your leader material through the eye of the hook.
- Wrap the leader material around the shank of the hook at least seven or eight times.
- Feed the leader back through the eye of the hook.
- Pull the hook and line away from one another to tighten the line.
How can I make palomar fishing knots?
A palomar fishing knot is a strong but simple knot-tying method. While these fishing knots can be used with braided or monofilament line, braided line is often much easier to work with. To learn how to tie a hook to a fishing line using the palomar method, complete the following steps:
- Take the end of the leader material and fold it over to overlap the two sides.
- Hold the loop with your thumb and index finger and thread it through the eye of the hook.
- Take the loop and create a simple overhand knot (afterward, the hook should be inside of the overhand knot).
- Pull the hook through the eyelet and tighten the knot.
- Trim the tag end of the line.
How can I make improved clinch fishing knots?
To attach fishing hooks and lines using the improved clinch knot, you will be using one of the easiest and most popular knot-tying methods. While this type of fishing knot pairs well with monofilament line, it cannot be used with braided line. To tie a hook to a fishing line using the improved clinch knot, you must:
- Take the tag end of the fishing line and thread it through the eye of the hook, overlapping the two lines.
- Wrap the tag end of the line around the mainline up to six times.
- Take the tag end of the line and thread it through the small gap located in front of the hook eye.
- Pass the tag end of the line through the hook you just created.
- Pull the standing line to tighten the knot.
- Clip the end of the tag line, if necessary.
How can I make a turle fishing knot?
Turle fishing knots can be used to tie small hooks or flies to fishing line. Additionally, this type of fishing knot can also be used to tie flies to a leader or tippet. To attach fishing hooks and lines using a turle knot, you must begin the process by threading the tag end of the line through the eye of the hook or fly.
Then, move the fly or hook further down the line, as you will not be working with the hook until the end of the process. To tie a hook to a fishing line using the turle method, you must also:
- Use the last 8 to 10 inches of the line’s tag end to create a loop around the backside of the standing end, using your left thumb and index finger to hold the lines in place.
- Using your left middle finger to hold the loop open, bring the tag end of the line over the top of the loop and through the backside of the loop.
- Wrap the tag end of the line around the right side of the loop as many as three times.
- Take the tag end of the line and thread it through the small loop located near your thumb.
- Open the loop further to tighten the knot.
- Moisten the line and tighten the loop to create a slipknot.
- Trim the tag end of the line.
- Slide the fishing hook or fly down to the slipknot and place the noose of the knot over the back of the hook. Pull the line away from the hook to tighten.
Although learning how to fish may seem daunting, our free guide of beginner fishing tips can help you get fishing in no time.