Know Your Knots


The Blood Knot

A very popular and reliable knot which can be used for tying two lines of similar strength together.

Blood Knot 1

Lay the two lines side by side as in the diagram Above.

Blood Knot 2

Grip the two ends between thumb and fore finger and twist them in opposite directions at least five or six times on each side.

Blood Knot 3

Pass the two free ends through the centre twist so that the two ends come through the centre of what will be your knot.

Blood Knot 4

Wet the knot (as with all knots made in mono filament) pull tight and trim the ends.



The Double Over Hand Loop Knot

This is useful for forming loops of all sizes.

Dohl

Double the line and form a loop as above. Pass the doubled end through the loop to form a knot.

Dohl

Pass the doubled end through the loop a second time. Forming a double knot.

Dohl

Wet the knot and pull tight forming a small loop about of an inch long. Trim off excess.

Dohl

The Grinner Knot

This is a very strong knot which can be used for attaching monofilament lines, braid and specialist hook length lines to eyed hooks, swivels and rings etc.

Pass the line through the eye of the hook or swivel twice as above.

Form a large loop and hold this between your thumb and fore finger. Pass the loose end through the loop.

Feed the line through the loop five times.

Wet the knot pull tight and trim.>



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The Half Blood Knot

A very easy, useful knot. Generally used for tying mono lines to eyed hooks and swivels.

Thread the line through the eye of the hook, eye of the swivel etc.

Wrap the loose end of the line around the line six times.

Pass the loose end through the top most loop wet, pull tight and trim.



The Knotless Knot

A quick strong knot that avoids the tying of a separate hair when attaching lengths of braid to a specimen hook. Ideal for Barbel and Carp rigs.

Begin by tying a small over hand loop at the end of about 18 inches of braid. Make sure that you trim the end tight to the knot, then thread the braid through the eye of the hook. (SEE ABOVE)

Hold the loop at the required distance from the bend of the hook. Remember the size of the bait you are using. Whip the hair to the back of the hook.

Whip the line around the hook at least seven times and then feed the loose end through the eye of the hook.

Pull the rig tight and add a drop of super glue to the whipping for extra strength.



The Loop to Loop

Tie a double over hand loop into both lines to be joined.

Pass one loop through the other.

Thread the end of the shorter line or the hook end of the hook length through the inner loop.

Pull this line all the way through feeding the double over hand loop through as well. So that the knot appears as that below and pull tight. To untie this knot hold both ends of the knot and push them together and unthread the hook length.



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The Palomar Knot

The polomar is a popular strong knot used for all eyed hooks and swivels tied on either mono or braid.

Pass a loop of line through either the eye of the hook or swivel as above.

Form a knot with the loop end of the line.

Open the loop and pass the hook or swivel through it.

Wet the knot pull tight and trim.



The Spade End Knot

Lay a loop of line along the shank of the hook to just below the bend of the hook.

Grip the loop together with the bend of the hook between thumb and fore finger.

Wrap the short end of the line around the shank of the hook and the other piece of line, starting at the bend of the hook and finishing up near the spade.

Alter your grip exposing both the bend of the hook and the loop in the line pass the free end through the loop.

Pull both the short end of the line and the main line at the same time to tighten the knot. Wet the line and dress the knot. Ensure that the main line comes from the inside of the hook not from behind the spade tighten and trim.



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The Stop Knot

The knot to use if you wish to have a sliding stop knot ideal for varying the depth at which you fish when float fishing for pike for example.

Lay a loop of line and hold between your thumb and fore finger.

Wind six times around both lines.

Thread the end through the loop.

Pull tight and trim the ends making sure you leave about an inch either side of the knot.



The Water Knot

A good knot for fixed paternoster ledgers also used for joining two unalike lines.

Double about two feet of line to form a loop and pass the doubled end through it.

Continue passing the end through the loop four times.

Wet the knot and pull tight so that a loop of about 1 foot is created and trim the loose end.

Connect the swim feeder to the line in the same method as the loop to loop passing the loop over the feeder or leger or cut the loop off centre so that the knots do not foul each other and tie the hook to one end the feeder/ leger to the other.



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