Open any book on angling, or any app created for anglers, and you are bound to find a range of different fishing knots that will have you tied up for ages. And, as an angler, you may see it as a matter of honor to learn a vast array of these knots.
But let’s take a step back for a minute here. How many of these are you going to end up using? Is there any point in learning thirty or forty ways to tie on your hook when you are going to end up using only three or four all the time? At Find More Outdoors we’ll explain these important to know knots.
Have fun with it, as you progress as an angler, but do take time to look up and perfect the three knots that we are going to talk about in this post. Get these right before trying any of the more fancy options, and you will never have to worry about your equipment or bait coming loose again.
If, after you have mastered these, you still feel that you want to learn more, then go ahead – knock yourself out. Any half-way decent fishing app will give you tons of selections and should give good instructions as well.
The Knot to End All Knots
It’s actually called the Improved Clinch Knot, and that’s a great name – it will clinch the deal with just about any fish, no matter how big. It’s impressive because it won’t come undone in a hurry, can be completed fast and is one of the easiest ones to learn.
More often than not, this will be used in fastening hooks to the line or to the leader. If you use a heavy-duty monofilament or fluorocarbon line, this method is probably not going to be your favorite. Those lines make it more difficult to secure the lone.
Still, for your average angler, it works like a dream.
The Palomar Knot
This comes with a lot of the same benefits as the Clinch does. It is easy to tie, will do a great job securing lures and hooks to your line, and is not going to come apart easily. Where the Palomar differs, however, is that it can be easily used when you are using thicker lines.
So, if the Clinch is not working for you because you are using that braided or double line, this is where you can turn instead.
The Albright Special Knot
The two previous methods are popular because they are easy to use and highly versatile. The Albright, on the other hand, is a lot more “artisanal” in nature. So, if you want to be able to show off to your buddies over a few beers, this is the way to go.
It is a more specialized knot and so great for when you want to fasten one of your heavy wire leaders to the line.
We cannot make it much simpler than that. When you want to focus more time on actually cashing fish, you need to use tried and true methods to attach your hooks and lines. The ones that we have discussed here are not going to let you down.