How To Tie Good Quality High Strength Fishing Knots That Won't Break

When angling, the most important thing you need to have is a few knots that you can tie. Knots in fishing are more important than line choice, rod choice, reel choice, baits, lures etc. If you can tie a good knot your gateway to catching any fish species is wide open!

Every angler will eventually have bad lucks with their knots, but the more you practice the less bad luck you will have and the more memorable fish you will land! Below are some diagrams and videos of how to tie knots, step by step. Tight lines...

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How To Tie The Improved Clinch Knot?

How To Tie The Improved Clinch Knot

The improved clinch knot is one of the most used knots in angling, especially in lighter lines and fly fishing. The improved clinch knot is almost 100% successful in lines of 20lb breaking strain and less, I have used this knot in line of up to 35lbs and had no problems.

  1. Put the line through the eye of the hook or swivel and make a loop.
  2. Double back over the line and twist around 5 times.
  3. Once this is done, hold the coils and take the end of the line and put it through the loop closest to the eye.
  4. Put the line through the larger loop you have just created.
  5. Wet the knot and pull tight by holding the end of the line and the hook.
  6. Cut off the tag end.

How To Tie The Normal Clinch Knot?

The normal clinch knot is a less stronger knot than the one above and can be used for the same applications. It is slightly easier to tie. Follow the steps above and just exclude step 4 and you have the normal clinch knot.

How To Tie The Uni Knot?

The uni knot is a very commonly used knot and is fairly simple to tie. It can be tied into any line diameter. Please follow the steps below:

1.How To Tie A Uni Knot?
2.Tieing a uni knot to terminal tackle
3.Final step when tying a uni knot
  1. Take about 15cm of line and put it through the eye. Double back so you create 2 parallel lines.
  2. Take the free end back towards the eye and make 6 turns of the parallel lines.
  3. Slide the knot towards the eye, tighten and clip the tag end.

How To "Snell The Hook" - the Snell Knot

Hook snelling is used a lot when heavier line and steel is involved. It is also known as the 'knotless knot' and is very effective if tied properly. The way the Snell is tied is basically a Uni Knot tied around the shank of the hook.

Snelling the hook the knotless knot

  1. To ties the Snell or Knotless Knot, you need to first need to thread the line through the eye of the hook 6 times. Form a loop in the line and hold it against the shank of the hook.
  2. Turn the line 6 more times through the shank and the loop.
  3. Tighten the knot by pulling the 'standing' line in one direction and the hook in the opposite direction.