9 best and strongest fishing knots every fisherman should know

Having a great knot is vital to a great fishing trip. It’s important to have a strong knot to land the biggest fish. This article reviews the top nine best and strongest fishing knots for all your fishing needs.

Knots 101: Everything You Need To Know

There are many different types of knots to choose from, and depending on what you are tying, what fishing activity you are doing, or what you are fishing tells you which knot to use.

You want to have a strong and sharp hook, strong line, and especially a strong knot to get the job done.

Some knots are better than others on certain types of lines. Here is a list of pros and cons for each type of fishing line, and here is one for reels. Whichever line or reel, however, it is absolutely crucial to have a tight knot that holds up to whatever bait or fish that comes along.

Top 9 best and strongest fishing knots:

1. Palomar Knot

The Palomar knot is one of the best knots out there. It’s really popular with seasoned anglers, strong, and done in 3 simple steps.

To tie the Palomar knot, fold 12 inches of your line, and pull it through the eye of the hook so that there are 6 inches of doubled line looped through the hook’s eye.  Keep the hook hanging from the bottom, and tie a loose overhand knot with doubled line. Taking the looped part in one hand, and holding the overhand knot in your thumb and middle finger, carry the loop part over the hook and hook’s eye. Tighten the knot. Make sure the knot is on the hook’s eye, and not on the shank. Clip off the tag end, and you’re good to go.

This knot works the best on a braided fishing line, and can also be used on monofilament lines.

2. Fisherman’s Knot

The Fisherman’s knot is also known as the clinch knot. This one should get an important place in your arsenal of fishing knots. It is also very strong and reliable, and it is super fast to tie.

To tie the Fisherman’s knot, thread the line through the eye of the fly, lure, or hook. Take the tag end and bring it parallel to the other part of the line, so you have two lines that the hook is looped through. Pinch the two lines together with your thumb and middle finger of your right hand a few inches away from the hook. With your other hand twist the hook until you have a twisted line with about 7 twists in it and a loop by the hook. Don’t let go of the part you are pinching with your right hand as you twist.

Then, take the tag end and put it through the loop that is by the hook. Once it’s through the loop, pull on it to tighten the knot. Be careful the knot doesn’t come apart while you are pulling it through. Clip off the tag end.

3. Uni Knot

The Uni knot is also known as the Grinner Knot or the Duncan Loop Knot. It is a very dependable, strong knot that will not pull out no matter what, and you can tie it on any line.

To tie the Uni knot, thread the line through the eye of the hook, and bring it parallel with the other part of the line so that, like the cinch line, you have two lines that the hook is looped through. Next, make a loop by taking the tag end and looping it over both parts of the double parallel line. Take the tag end and go around the double parallel line and through the loop (through, not around.) Repeat that anywhere from 3- 7 times and then pull the tag end to tighten the knot.  You may have your hook and then a giant loop before your knot. If so, take your hook and pull on it, while holding the other part of your line, and the knot will slide down to the hook.

4. The Snell Knot

This knot is a strong way to tie your hooks to your fishing lines. It is best used on monofilament lines and using a leader line.

To tie the Snell Knot, insert one end of the leader into the eye of the hook, towards the hook barb.  Insert the other end into the eye and away from the hook, forming a loop.  Hold the hook and leader with your thumb and pointer finger with one hand and with your other hand, wrap the loop around the shank of the hook 6 or 7 times, being careful to hold each wrap in place. Take the part of the leader that you inserted into the eye, and away from the hook, and pull slowly and steadily. Slide the knot against the eye when it is almost tight, and finish pulling it to fully tighten the knot.

5. Berkley Braided Knot

The Berkely Braided Knot was created by Berkley Fishing and tested in their lab. The Berkley knot is very strong and great for tying braided lines to hooks, leaders, or lures.

To tie the Berkley Braid knot, double up the line and loop it through the hook’s eye so you have four lines parallel to each other, with two of them connected in a loop. Take the loop and wrap around the standing line (wrapping towards or away from you) 8 times. Then slowly and evenly tighten the knot, then clip the tag end.

6. Surgeon’s End Loop

The Surgeon’s end loop is a super-simple, strong and trustworthy knot.

To tie the knot, double the line you’re using and tie an overhand knot. Put the end of the loop through the knot again, and pull the loop to tighten the knot while holding on to the standing line and tag end. Clip the tag end, and there you have it.

It’s that simple. (If you want to do a triple Surgeon’s end loop, take the end of the loop through the knot a third time before tightening it.)

7. Rapala Knot

The Rapala knot is another strong knot named after the company that invented it.

To tie the Rapala knot, tie a loose overhand knot. Bring the tag end through the eye of the hook, and back through the overhand knot. Then make three turns around the standing line, and back again through the overhand knot, and now through the loop that was formed when you brought it through the overhand knot the third time. Pull the tag end to tighten the knot, and clip it.

8. San Diego Jam Knot

This reliable knot is also known as the Reverse Clinch Knot and the Heiliger Knot. It’s quick to tie, holds heavy things, and works on any type of line.

Thread the end of a line through the eye of a hook or lure, and make it parallel so there are two lines with the hook or lure in the middle. Loop the tag end over the index finger and then wrap the tag end over the double lines down to the eye. After the last wrap, bring the tag end to the loop around your index finger and go through the loop. Remove your finger and pull on the tag end while tightening the knot.

9. Baja Knot

The Baja knot can hold heavy items (even 100 plus pound leaders), and because the hook is hanging from a non-slip loop, the bait looks more realistic.

To tie the Baja Knot, you will form three loops. Start with forming a big loop a few inches away from the end of the line. Slide a hook on the line and let it hang at the bottom of the loop. Take the free end of the line and make another loop,  only smaller. Do this by looping it in front of the first loop, behind the running line. Repeat the last step by making another loop that is medium size, in between the first and second loops. Then slide the hook to the top of that loop and over the middle loop, then under the top loop. Pull the hook to tighten the knot.

Tips:

  • Give yourself plenty of fishing line to work with. Too much is better than too little; you want to make sure you have a good amount for your knots to be perfect.
  • Lubricate the line with saliva to make the knot go tighter.
  • Test your knot before you use it (if the tag end is curly, the knot is not tight and you should retry). Pull hard on the knot to make sure it’s tight and strong.
  • The tighter the knot the better, so slowly and evenly make sure you tighten the knot as much as possible.
  • Clip the tag end close to the knot.
  • Practice knot tying over and over so you can make the best and strongest knots. Remember: “Practice makes perfect.”

In Closing, with 9 different types of knots to choose from, there really is no excuse for losing the biggest fish you ever saw. Now, you’re armed with the best of the best knots that’ll keep that big fish on the hook!