The Basics of Fishing Knots – Guest Post Part 1

This is a guest post by my friend Walter of: ( He’s a pro fisherman so he knows a thing or 2)

If you’re new to the world of sport fishing, you may already be feeling like there’s more to learn than you can handle. Don’t stress about it. Fishing is all about understanding the ways in which different elements come together and interact. It’s a skill that takes time to master, and I know that even now, I’m still learning new things to perfect my experience. Thoroughly understanding each new technique is a great way to reassure yourself that you are making progress and adding valuable skills to your tackle box.


Tying the Right Knotfishingknots

One of the most important skills you will continually update by learning new techniques to accomplish the best effect for your given fishing spot is the tying of knots. This isn’t something you can buy pre-tied for you, because it has to be done in the moment, when you’re preparing to cast your line with your hook and lure of choice at the business end. There are four basic categories, who provide the best security for your lure depending on where you’re fishing and what fish you want to catch. I’ll cover a great example of each of the three kinds of fishing knots below, so you’ll know which knots are the best to make yourself an expert at tying.

Terminal Knots

These are great for tying on a lure or a fly, because they offer the highest quality strength, ensuring that you won’t lose your equipment at any point, especially not during the heat of the catch. The six-turn San Diego jam is one of the best knots of this type.

Line Splicing

When you’re splicing a heavier line with a lighter one, a great knot is the six-turn Yucatan knot. It’s a simple knot that involves doubling both lines and joining them together with an effective, but easy to execute process.

For lines of similar size, a better knot to use is your standard J knot. This is largely because of the nature of monofilament, which tends to crack if you try to force it around tight turns and then compress it.

Terminal Loop Knots

These are what you’ll want if you need a little more movement in the play of your lure or fly. The winner here is the Rapala knot.


These are three great knots to practice until you’ve got the hang of tying techniques. They’ll serve you well in every situation.