21 Oct Gear Review: Which Saltwater Fishing Knots to Use
Hopefully How to Choose a Saltwater Fishing Line may have helped you, and in case you’re now wondering “which fishing knots should I use?” this will hopefully be of help. If you ask any fisherman (or fisherwoman) what their favorite knots are, you’ll hear many repeated answers. You’ll also receive some different answers to the same question, which can cause some wondering if there’s anything you can be doing differently, or simply better. In saltwater fishing, the saying “if you don’t know a knot…tie a lot” shouldn’t be an excuse to not know at least one or two trusty knots.
After all, you’ve most likely spent a good amount of time and money acquiring all of the valuable tools in your arsenal: rods, reels, baits, etc.. A good knot, that in which you can rely upon time and time again, is something that comes along with practice and, in time, confidence. Some tend to be tied in different fishing scenarios compared to others. For example, I’m not a Blood Knot or Nail Knot tier; perhaps that’s due to my own ignorance.
Now, ask someone like Capt. Corey to explain how he ties one of his fishing knots – while in the middle of tying a totally different knot – and he can probably paint a clear picture of that fishing knot just as quickly, and solidly, as I can tie one of my surf fishing knots. I can hold my own when the pressure is on, and when I’m tying the knots that I’m comfortable with. It simply comes down to experience and practice. Take the time to learn your knots, and practice others that may come in handy some day.
We hope to highlight a few of our favorite fishing knots, in detail, in an upcoming video but, in the meantime, the next few knots listed below are from the fine folks over at Power Pro for your convenience. Enjoy! And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
Now, for the good part!
The folks at Power Pro have created this list of knots and they offer a few tips, first:
When tying PowerPro:
• Pass your line through the eye of your tackle twice, if possible.
• Double your line before tying, if your tackle allows, to create a large knot.
• Use a gloved hand, dowel, or soft-jawed pliers to avoid injury when tightening knots.
• Moisten your knot before tightening.
- Pass the line through the eye of your tackle at least twice, leaving 12″ for your knot.
- Loop the tag end around the standing line, then pass the tag end through your loop 8 to 10 more times.
- Pull the tag end to tighten the knot, making sure the 8-10 wraps snug down neatly.
- Pull the standing line to jam the knot against your tackle eye, then trim the tag end.
- Lay PowerPro and monofilament parallel, with 12″ to 18″ tag ends facing opposite directions.
- Loop the tag end of the mono around both lines, then pass the tag end through your loop 5 to 6 more times. Pull the tag end through your loop 5 to 6 more times. Pull the tag end to tighten the knot, making sure the wraps snug down neatly.
- Repeat step #2 using the PowerPro tag end, but use 8 to 10 wraps.
- Pull on the standing lines to jam the two knots together tightly.
- Trim the PowerPro tag end about
For tying PowerPro to mono of larger diameter – easy knot
- Double your PowerPro, leaving a 1/2″ loop at the end. Wrap the PowerPro around the mono 10 to 12 times, leaving your loop open and opposite the mono tag end.
- Pass the mono tag end through the PowerPro loop.
- Pull on both lines to tighten the knot, jamming the wraps together.
Tie a Lock (see above figure).
For tying terminal tackle – easy knot
- Make a 10″ loop in the line, then pass it through the eye of your tackle.
- If the eye is big enough, pass the loop through a second time.
- Tie a simple overhand knot, but don’t pull it tight.
- Pass your tackle through the loop.
- Pull on your standing line to tighten the knot, then trim
For tying PowerPro to mono of larger diameter – stronger knot
- Make a loop in the mono, and hold it with your left hand. Double 30″ of PowerPro to create a 15″ two-strand section. Pass this through the mono loop.
- Wrap the PowerPro loosely around the fingertip of the hand you’re using to hold the mono, then wrap the PowerPro around itself and the mono 20 to 25 times. Work toward the end of the loop, keeping your wraps tight and snug.
- Run the PowerPro back through the mono loop so it exits on the same side it entered.
- Wet the PowerPro, and tug on the standing line and tag end to jam your wraps tightly together, moving them toward the end of the loop.
- Pull both standing lines to tighten the knot, then use soft-jawed pliers or a gloved hand to pull the knot tighter. Pull both standing lines at once to make sure the knot is secure.
- Tie a Lock.
To finish the Albright or Reverse Albright
- Loop the PowerPro tag end around the standing PowerPro, then pass the tag end through this loop three times.
- Pull the tag end to tighten the wraps, then trim your tag ends.
For tying PowerPro to Fluorocarbon/Mono shock leader
- Make figure 8 loop on leader
- Insert PowerPro into figure 9 loop
- Wrap PowerPro 12 times and 12 times back to the other direction
- Insert PowerPro back into figure 8 loop
- Cinch leader tightly
- Pull main PowerPro slowly then pull PowerPro tag-end slowly and pull both main and tag-end of PowerPro tightly
- Make a half hitch twice on tag-end
- Cut the tag-end of PowerPro and leader
Wind-On Leader Knot
For Loop to Loop connection between PowerPro to Shimano Wind-On Leader
- Make Bimini-twist on PowerPro main line
- Pass loop on Wind-On Leader through loop of PowerPro
- Hold both main line loop and wind-on loop by two fingers, pass end of Wind-On through the main line loop. Pass end of wind-on through the main line loop again
- Repeat this 2-3 times
- Slowly pull both lines by making even lengths and cinch to complete