The Palomar Knot

A Great General Purpose Knot

The Palomar Knot is a great general purpose knot that works great with monofilament lines and is also one of the few that work well with braid lines.

It works very well with Berkley's new Nanofil Uni-Filament line, which is extremely slick so has a tendency to slip. Just make sure to pass the working end through the overhand knot twice rather than the standard one time. Berkley calls it the NanoFil knot. Also leave the tag end longer than you might normally to compensate for any slippage.

There are those that feel this knot is best used only with heavy lines or leaders and not tied directly to lures or hooks.

I disagree greatly. In my personal experience it has proven a "first class", versatile knot which I use the great majority of time as a terminal knot for hooks, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs.

It is quick easy to tie and easy to remember.

Knot Tying Instructions

Step 1

  • Form a loop about 6" long in the end of the line.
  • Pass this loop through the hook eye.
  • Or, as I do, because I find it to be easier, run about 12" of your line's tip through the hook's eye then fold it back and run the tip of the line back through the eye again which will create the loop.

Step 2

  • Tie a loose overhand knot being sure to leave enough loop to pass your hook or lure through.

Step 3

  • Pass your lure, hook, etc through the loop as shown.
  • Tighten the knot by pulling on the hook or lure with one hand and the doubled main line with the other.
  • Trim the tag end.


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