Many anglers will have to agree that there is nothing more important than the knots you choose for your terminal tackle. The right fishing knot can ensure that, after all the effort of getting that bite, your tackle holds so that your intended target hits the back of your net.
This guide will show you how to tie strong, reliable knots so you can be safe in the knowledge that your line won’t give way when landing hard-fighting fish. The following are some solid performers to use for almost all of your fishing. There’s no need for complicated knots, just ones that do what you need them to and don’t buckle under pressure.
Probably the most used knot for fishing, the grinner knot is great for tying to hooks and swivels and works well on light and strong lines for all manner of species and techniques. Great with all lines apart from fluorocarbon, where a blood knot works best.
The most simple of knots and brilliant for speed and ease, the blood knot works well with fluorocarbon so we use it instead of a grinner when using this material.
This knot is perfect for the infamous and so readily used hair rig. It’s really simple to tie and as strong as an ox, maintaining a high line strength. Great with baits like boilies, large pellets and sweetcorn. Measure up with the bait you’re going to be using beforehand to make sure you get the correct length of hair.
Perfect for forming paternoster rigs, or joining two materials the Four Turn Water knot is great for fly fishing droppers too.
Also known as the running-line knot and double uni knot. Use this when tying two sections of line together; it forms a nice neat knot that won’t snag and it also works well when joining the line to braid, so it’s good for tying on leaders.
These are the most readily used and effective knots used in angling for a whole host of species but remember, practice makes perfect in terms of tying them! If you want some more knot tying tips and tricks, check out the videos on AD's youtube channel or on Facebook.
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