The Blood Knot

One Of The Best For Joining Monofilament Lines


A blood knot is one of the best bass fishing knots you can use when joining monofilament lines together. When you're adding more line to the line already on your reel for example.

It works best when joining lines of the same diameter. If you're trying to join lines of dissimilar diameters you will be better off using a surgeon's knot.

When learning how to tie fishing knots you will find the blood knot is not the easiest. However, with a little practice it becomes much easier and well worth the effort to learn.

An important consideration when tying the blood knot is to tie it with no less than five wraps on each side of the knot or you may encounter slippage.The following knot tying illustration should help in understanding this.



Knot Tying Instructions

Step 1

  • Hold parallel and together about six inches of the two lines to be joined. It's best to do this on a flat surface. Otherwise, it's a bit like tying to tie two nightcrawlers together.
  • Hold the two lines at their midpoint with one hand.
  • With the other hand, take the tag end of one line and make a wrap around the other as shown.


Step 2

  • Make no less than five and as many as seven wraps.
  • Bring the tag end back around toward the first wrap.


Step 3

  • Hold the wraps and both lines so the wraps don't unravel. As I said, this is easier when done with your line on a flat surface.
  • Begin making your wraps on the other side.


Step 4

  • Now, make an equal number of wraps with the other line wrapping in the opposite direction. You're simply repeating what you did on the other side.
  • Be sure to keep a clear separation between the two sets of wraps. This should be a small opening or loop.


Step 5

  • After finishing wraps on both sides insert the tag ends into the small gap or loop formed between them.
  • Be sure that one tag is inserted "down" through the loop while the other is inserted "upward" through it as the illustration shows.


Step 6

  • Wet your line!
  • Slowly pull both standing lines and tag ends away from each other.
  • This will cause the knot to form and seat with the tag ends firmly in the knot's center.
  • Trim the tag ends.




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