There is an art to tying fishing line knots that will strengthen rather than create a "weak point" in your line. It's the nature of knots, however, to weaken line to some degree. It's unavoidable. So choosing the correct knot for the circumstances is the first step. Next is to tie your fishing line knots "properly".
On the next few pages you will find knot tying illustration and knot tying instructions to enable you to properly tie bass fishing knots.
Helpful Knot Tying Tips
Before we get started here are a few tips that will help you in tying fishing knots:
Definitions of a few words relating to knots and line are also in order:
Knot Categories For Bass Fishing
There are hundreds of different knots but there are but a few that are really useful to or even necessary for bass fishermen. We want knots that:
The last point above is important because you don't want to be on the water and have to refer to a book or chart for directions on how to tie some exotic knot.
Knot Numero Uno - The Arbor Knot!
Tying Line To Spool
Obviously, you must first get your line attached to your reel. The Arbor Knot is the fishing line knot which accomplishes this. It's sometimes referred to as a "Reel Knot". It's quick, easy, because it's just an overhand knot, and essential. Why essential? Because, if you don't tie this knot well your entire spool full of line may rotate when the arbor is under pressure. The problem with this happening is obvious.
Knot Tying Instructions For An Arbor Knot
Step 1 - Loop line around your spool's arbor. Take the "tag" end of the line and tie an overhand knot as shown.
Step 2 - Tie a second overhand knot in the tag end as close to the first knot as you can.
Step 3 - Pull the main line and both overhead knots will slide together and snug against the spool. Clip off the remaining tag end no less than 1/8 inch from the knot.
Fishing Line Knots For Tying Line to Lure or Hook
Fishing Line Knots For Joining Two Lines Together
Now, let's learn how to tie the best fishing line knots, or perhaps I should say the best bass fishing knots.
Simplicity And Strength Make The Trilene Knot A Bass Fisherman's Dream
The Improved Clinch Knot. A General Purpose Knot For Monofilament Line.
How Do You Tie A Uni-Knot?
The Palomar Knot Is Easy To Tie And One Of The Best For Braid Line
Use The Surgeon's Knot For Joining Lines Of Different Diameter
Line To Line Connection? Use the Double Uni-Knot.
Use A Blood Knot To Join Monofilament To Monofilament