It is essential that you learn to tie Fishing Knots correctly. Incorrectly tied knots are weak and may break the fishing line, or its loose ends may get entangled with the weeds or your fishing pole. Before we learn about various types of knots, let us learn some general good practices of tying good knots.
First, lubricate the knots with saliva or water before pulling them tight; this reduces friction and preserves the strength of the fishing line. Second, pull them as tight as you can, because you don’t want any slippages when you have caught your fish. And third, trim the knot ends as close to the knot as possible. This step ensures that your line doesn’t get entangled at any unwanted places.
Now, we will be learning about two categories of knots. One is terminal knots: These are used to tie the fishing line to the hook or lure; and the fishing line to the reel spool. The second is to join two different lines into one and these are called ‘bends’. So, let us start with the two popular terminal knots.
Arbor Knot is the most commonly used knot to tie the line with reel spool. Arbor Knot is easy and quick to tie.
Improved Clinch Knot
Improved Clinch Knot is used to tie the fishing line with the hook. It is commonly used because it is simple to tie while providing good efficiency; the clinch bow gets stronger as it gets pulled. It can be used with many types of fishing lines and can be attached to clip or an artificial fly besides the hook.
Now that we have learned about the terminal bows, let us move over to various bends.
The fisherman’s knot is a very easy to tie bend. Although common, this type of knot is likely to slip through the knots if used on monofilament lines. So, although it is the most simple to tie, it is not the most efficient of all.
So, let us move over to a more efficient bend.
The blood knot overcomes the limitation of slippery bows by providing a strong efficient bond between two lines. Since it isn’t slippery like the fisherman’s knot, monofilament can be used without a problem. However, the main drawback is that it requires some skills to tie this one.
We had saved our favourite bow for the last. Albright knot is a bend that can tie two different lines of dissimilar thickness (diameters). While the blood knot could only tie lines of similar diameter, Albright overcomes that limitation. Besides tying two different monofilament lines, it can be used to tie a monofilament with a braid and for these reasons it is our choice of bend.
Knots are inherently weaker than the line and for this reason it is important to tie a bow that provides maximum efficiency. So use these knots to increase your chances of getting your catch.