I don’t talk about knots much, but will more in the near future since they are the main “link” between our lure/fish and our line. You know the old adage, “You are only as strong as your weakest link.”, and I agree fully. Always tie the best knot for the technique you are fishing and tie it properly.
If you use a small wobbling lure like an ultralight crankbait, a jig and plastic grub or a weigh-less swim bait, or a vertical jigging lure where the lure needs to have a “loose” knot to allow the eye to freely move the lure in the direction if want to go, you should be using a loop knot. Over the years my favorite is the Non Slip Loop Knot which I have modified just a big so that the “tag” line, when trimmed points down at the hook-eye decreasing the chance of debris getting caught on the knot.
Here are the easy steps to tie this knot:
A. Make a half-hitch loop about 4″ away from the end of your line but don’t tighten it.
B.Run the tip of the line through the eye of the lure and back through the half-hitch loop.
C.After running the tip of the line through the half-hitch loop wrap it 3x around the main line.
D.After wrapping the main line 3x inset the tip of the line through the gap from the first wrap just above the half-hitch loop.
Tighten the knot by holding on to hook/lure and pulling on the tag-end of the line. Tighten completely by pulling the tag-end down towards the eye of the hook/lure. Trip the tag and leave at least 1/4″ of tag line, complete.