How to Tie Fishing Line

There are many reasons why you need different knots in fishing. Some come from the types of fishing you do, you need to join two pieces of line together, and a few other reasons.

It is worth any fisherman knowing how to tie a few different knots because tying the wrong fishing line knots can weaken your line.

Here you can find the best fishing knots to learn. You will also see how to tie fishing line to get you going on your next fishing trip.

Different Knots in Fishing

Bad Knots

When you are tying fishing knots, you can find you have three types. You have great knots, good knots, and bad knots.

Between these three, there is a difference.

  • Great Knots: A great knot will not slip or come undone, and the breaking point will be higher.
  • Good Knots: A good knot will break before it comes undone.
  • Bad Knots: A bad knot will come undone once you place it under tension, catching a fish is an example.

What Knots are the Best?

Because you have a few different kinds of lines, you will have accompanying types of knots better suited for each.

To understand which the best knots are, you need to look at the connections because knots in a loop-to-loop connection are very different from tying an improved clinch knot or line to lure.

Braid to Leader Knots

Braided line is gaining popularity as it allows longer casting. It also offers more strength than other lines.

However, it does require higher knot friction compared to monofilament lines, and thus the need for different knot tying.

Using a lighter mainline and connecting to a stronger leader is popular for saltwater anglers. It allows for long casts while standing up to the sharp teeth of some fish on the leader.

A couple of the best knots here are:

  • Uni: A doubled over uni knot is easy to tie and delivers a strong breaking point. It is weaker than the best knots, however.
  • 6 Turn Surgeon Knot: Surgeon’s knot is fast to tie with a very strong breaking point. While you can tie them with any size of line, they can work out bulky and slightly weaker than the best knots.

Braid Line Doubling Knots

A large number of anglers are keen on making a double braid knot through a loop on the end of their braid. From here, it is easy joining lines and connecting their double braid to the leader.

Bimini: Using the Bimini Twist, you have one of the strongest doubling knots there is, the downside is it can take over 30 twists to create a knot that doesn’t slip.

Surgeon Loop: a Surgeon’s knot is quick to tie, yet it doesn’t offer the strength of the Bimini.

The Australian Braid is a variation of the Bimini, which makes a secure loop for leaders and loop connections.

Double Surgeon Loop.

Learn how to tie this quickly with these line tying fishing tips.

  1. Fold over the end of your line to make a double line and tie one overhand knot
  2. Thread the loop through the hole of your overhand knot a second time
  3. Moisten your knot and pull tight

Swivel to Braid Knots for Swivels and Lures

Anglers who like using swivels often turn to this group of knots, particularly if they use braided lines. The downside here is fish can see your braided line compared to fluoro or mono leaders.

  • Braided fishing Unit Knot: Easy to tie and very strong, although you can find others are quicker to tie.
  • Palomar Knot: Fast and easy to tie, although it is weaker using braid line than as with mono.
  • Improved Clinch Knot: very quick and easy to learn to tie, yet with the braided line, it is prone to slipping.

If you take up ice fishing, you are most likely to encounter the use of the Clinch and Palomar knots. The biggest challenge is tying these in the colder weather.

Berkley Braid

Here you can see how to tie a fishing knot for leaders, lures, and hooks to prevent slippage in braided lines. The Berkely braid knot is more straightforward than it appears.

  1. Thread a double loop through the eye
  2. Loop around your tag end and mainline 8 times
  3. Thread loop between the eye and the bottom of the coils
  4. Tighten and trim your loop and tag end

Knots for Monofilament and Fluorocarbon Lines

Top Knots for Monofilament and Fluorocarbon Lines

With common lines, you will see mono in use at some stage. Often uses as a leader because of the visibility. One of the most common being:

Blood Knot: Very easy to tie if you have a similar thickness of line.

Others you can find are double unit knots, SS knots, and 3 turn surgeons.

Line to Hook Knots

No fishing lines are any good without hooks. Here you will most likely use Mono and Fluorocarbon lines, and you can tie fishing knots that are loop knots or snug knots.

You can use a loop knot in most forms of fishing, including fly-fishing. They allow an extra movement once your hook is in the water. You can also tie fly lines with no loops by use of a nail knot. Here you have a more permanent streamline connection right to your fly line.

Snug knots are tight against the hook eyes for a secure connection.

Some of the more popular are the Davy Knot, a Clinch, Uni, Palomar, or as you can see here, the Snell knot.


Snell Knot, learn how to tie to connect a mono line to your hook.

  1. Pass the line end through the hooks eye twice to form a loop that hangs next to your hook
  2. Wrap your loop around your hook about 5 to 10 times to make tight coils
  3. Hold with one finger and pull the line upward until your loops sit under the coils

With all the above, you can fasten nearly any hook, lure, or fly, but just be sure you have the right fishing lines to do so on your fishing gear list before your next outing.

How to Tie Fishing Line