One of the most fishing questions I’m asked is, “What’s the best knot to use when tying line to a hook or lure?”. This makes sense since the knot you tie is you main connection to the hook/lure and fish. Poor knots will cut the line when there is much stress added to it. A good knot won’t cut the line, and if your drag is not set right or your line is weak, the line can still break above the hook, but a good knot should stay intact!
If you would like to see how each of the knots are tied I would encourage you to click on the name of the knot and it will take you to one of my favorite knot-tying sites.
My 3rd favorite knot is the Improved Clinch . Some people use a Clinch knot, but we wear, it can cut your line. As soon as you insert the tag back through the created loop it becomes an “improved” Clinch knot that is very strong.
My 2nd favorite knot is the Polomar . This is probably the simplest know you can tie even in the dark and it is very strong.
And my #1 favorite knot for tying hooks/lures is non-other then the Trilene knot. Back in the early 80’s Berkley Company had a contest and offered money to the person that submitted the strongest knot, thus the Trilene knot became what it is. It consistently remains in tact no matter how much pressure you place on the line. The line will usually break above it’s breaking strength, but the Trilene knot will remain in-tact!
No matter what knot you tie make sure to look after these 4-details:
-lubricate the line as you tighent the knot
-tighten the not as strong as you can so it is indeed as tight as possible without breaking the line
-make sure to leave a “tag” of line long enough so that if the knot does loosen while in use it won’t come undone
-lastly, check your knot regularly and especially after fish fights or getting your line “un-snagged” from the bottom.