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How To Tie Fishing Line To Reel: Fishing Knots 101


The success of your fishing technique greatly relies on the effectiveness of the knot you use. Therefore, knowledge of fishing knots is an essential skill to have as an angler. Depending on the water conditions, having a variety of fishing knots in your arsenal will give you versatility. In this article, we’ll cover the most common fishing knots to help you be prepared for anything.

Arbor Knot

The Arbor Knot is best used to attach the fishing line to the spool of a fishing reel. Arbor knots allow a bit of slip around the knot so you can tighten it around the spool. This type of knot works well with monofilament or fluorocarbon lines.


How to tie an arbour knot:

  1. Wrap your fishing line around the arbor of the spool with the free end of the line. Then tie an overhand knot around the free end and act as a stopper. 
  2. Tie a second overhand knot in the end just about 1-2 inches from the first overhand knot.
  3. Lastly, slide the knots down tight against the arbor and cut the tag end.

Some other useful knots you can try when tying a fishing line to a reel include:

Overhand Knot

Overhand knot prevents the end of the line from unraveling. The knot also helps to keep threads grouped while making a braid.

How to tie an overhand knot:

  1. Double the end of line and form a loop.
  2. Adjust the loop before tightening to make it as small or large as desired.
  3. Tighten it to form the Overhand Knot. 

Uni Knot

Also known as hangman's knot, the uni knot is a reliable knot used for tying any type of line to terminal tackle. This type of knot comes in handy when tying two separate fishing lines together also known as the Double uni knot. Whilst tying a uni knot follows a very straightforward process, it can be a bit difficult if you're using a braided line. 

How to tie Uni Knot:

  1. Run the fishing line through the eye of the lure and form a complete loop alongside the standing line.
  2. Tie uni-knot by wrapping the end around the double line five turns and through the loop.
  3. Lubricate the line. Next, pull the main line to tighten the knot.
  4. Pull the main line to slide the uni knot down to the eye of the hook and cut the end.

Palomar Knot

Palomar knot is one of the most popular fishing knots. It is extremely strong, taking more lines to tie. Palomar knot can handle over 20 pounds of weight and is best for use with a braided fishing line. This type of knot is used in attaching a line to a hook.

How to tie a Palomar Knot:

  1. Make a loop by doubling your line. Next, push the loop through the eye of your hook. 
  2. Make an overhand knot, but don't tie it tightly yet.
  3. Pass the loop around the end of the hook, then pull on the line to tighten.
  4. Cut the tag end of the line if necessary.

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