Fishing 101: Basic Knots

By: Desmond, March 27, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS

Newly introduced to fishing? Want to learn how to get those basic knots done up in quick speed?

There are some basic knots that you should need to know, in order to ensure that you have a splendid time fishing (instead of spending precious time figuring out how to get those knots done). So it’s important to get our basics right.

Today, we’ll be teaching you four basic knots:

  • Double Overhand Knot
  • Clinch Knot
  • Snell Knot
  • Dropper Loop

Double Overhand Knot

Used in:

  • Looping of sinker
  • Clipping leader to swivel

Here’s how to tie Double Overhand Knot:

Clinch Knot

This is considered the most popular knot for tying line to terminal tackle.

Used to:

  • Tie main line to swivel
  • Tie leader to spreader/ranggong

Here’s how to tie a Clinch Knot:

Snell Knot

Used in:

  • Leader to hook

Here’s how to tie a Snell Knot:

Dropper Loop

This is most commonly used to tie a strong loop for apollo rig.

Used in:

  • Small loop to clip onto swivel with hooks on two ends of leader (live prawn rig for pond fishing).
  • Bigger loop is tied so that one end can be cut and tied to a hook for apollo rig.

Here’s how to tie a Dropper Loop:

Key Tips when Creating Rigs

  • Make sure knot is pulled as tightly as possible; consider using a pair of pliers.
  • Lubricate knots with saliva or water when pulling them tight.
  • Cut away unwanted ends close to the knots.
  • The more you do the better you’ll get, so try it!


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