Types of Fishing Knots

Essential Fishing Knot Tips

Fishing knots help secure your hooks and secure lines of different materials to other parts in emergency and normal fishing situations. It will come in handy once you’re doing regular or semi-regular fishing. You will only need to start on a few of the easier fishing knot tips discussed here to master. Then you can work your way up to more of them, and later tackle the more difficult ones.

Some knot types are specifically used for certain fishing techniques, or for securing certain types of parts, lures, hooks, lines, ropes, and specific types of lines, which can have specific characteristics. Others have strength levels that are useful and dependable for big gnarly fish with added force. The less strong types of knots are good at fly fishing and other lighter fishing activities, usually for fishes below 12 pounds.

This guide on fishing knots and fishing knot tips will enumerate some of the basic and complicated ones to know. Take heed of some of these top-shelf knots that you might one day for a successful fishing run.

Different Types of Fishing Knots and Their Main Uses

Albright Knot
– This is an angling-bend type of knot that is generally easy to normal-level in difficulty to tie. This knot is used for tying two lines or ropes together. Monofilament types of lines and ropes are usually involved in these knots due to their more slippery surfaces, for better grip and stability.

Arbor knots
– The Arbor knot is a common fishing knot, and it ties the end of a fishing line to the arbor of your reel. This type of knot is easy to do and commonly used for fly fishing with a lightweight lure. You can use this for both seawater and freshwater fishing.

Bait Loop – Also known as the Bumper Knot or the Egg Loop, this loop is used for softer or loose baiting. Many fishing knot tips recommend this for looser or fragmented bait such as fish eggs or a spot of small fish. It is a slightly difficult knot to execute in action.

Bimini Twist – This is a strong, secured loop type of knot used for double line headers. It is a knot with a normal level of difficulty and is generally used for trolling and sport fishing.

Double Uni Knot – The Double Uni is a moderate to normal level strong fishing knot used for joining two lines or ropes together, or commonly for broken fishing lines as well.

FG Knot – It is considered one of the strongest knots with a normal level of difficulty. It is a highly versatile knot you can use with most major types of lines such as monofilament, braid-type, or fluoro types.

Half Blood Knot or Clinch Knot – The half blood is a common knot type for binding a line to a lure. These two knots are considered blood knots. Even in its original form as half blood, it is considered one of the strongest types of knots,

Improved Clinch Knot – This is also known as a Salmon Knot, a useful binding used for combining a line to fishing lures, swivels, clip-ends, and artificial fly-lures. It’s a strong knot and is fairly easy-level to do. Like the FG knot, it is applicable for mono, fluoro, and braid-type lines.

Loop Knot – There are different kinds of loop knots, but each of them all works for securing the line to your rig. The levels of each range from easy to normal and moderate levels of difficulty.

  • Canoe Man Loop Knot – An easy-to-do knot used to provide freer movement of your fly or lure for general fly fishing purposes. It prevents snagging or not hooking the fish properly.
  • Figure Eight – This is a strong knot type that prevents slippage of the line using the slack part of a loop at the end of the line. This is generally easy to tie up and provides a strong knot but its hard to detangle most of the time. This same knot is also used in tying climbing ropes.  
  • Non slip loop – This knot is easy to moderate level in completing and tying, and provides a strong loop end bind. These knots are also known as non slip, mono, or Kreh knots. 
  • Perfection Loop-Knot – The Perfection Loop Knot is easy to do and provides a stable loop at the end, useful for fly fishing, and using for leaders. Just like the figure-eight, perfection loop knots can be difficult to unravel too.
  • The Rapala Loop Knot – This knot is considered the strongest out of all loop knot types discussed here. The loop end prevents slipping but also gives free movement for the bound lures and hooks. It can also be used to connect lures to a leader.

Nail Knot – The nail knot is a type of bend knot, and is also known as the tube or gryp. The nail is a common knot for fly fishing and is considered moderately strong. As the name states, a nail was previously used to help thread a line but a guide straw or similar devices can be used. It is commonly used to combine and bind two lines of different lengths.

Palomar Knot – The Palomar is considered the strongest general knot for all types of usage, from securing lines to rigs, other lines, and other parts that need strong securing. It is good to use for mono and braided-type lines and can be difficult to unravel if done right and securely.

Snell Knot – Snell is a class of hitch knots that are used to tie a hook to a line. It is best used for straightforward fish pulling moves and is moderately strong. Some hooks that you can buy are already snelled and ready for use.

Trilene Knot – This is a moderately strong, slippage-preventing knot invented in the late 70s by pro-anglers Jimmy Houston and the late Ricky Green. You can use it for mono and fluoro-type lines for securing lures, hooks, snaps, and swivels.

Turle Knot – The knot was made famous by the late Major William Greer Turle of England, who started using it around 1886. It is popular for securing a fly, hook, or an up or down-turned eye to the end of a line or a leader, and is also moderately strong.

Uni Knot – This is an easy level bend-type knot you can use for either securing a line to a reel arbor part, to bind two lines together, or for attaching hooks, lures, snaps, and swivels. Most line types such as monofiloaments, fluorocarbon-types, and braided-type fishing lines work well with this moderately strong knot.