How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line? [Quickly and Easily]

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line

Being able to properly tie a hook to the line is the base of every angler’s knowledge.

Without it, your fishing experience is going to be very unpleasant.

Although it can seem simple, this task is often poorly done by beginners.

Tying small knots, especially outside in the wind and cold weather can be a challenge.

There are various knots you can use to tie a hook to a line, and all of them have one thing in common.

The end result has to be neat and firm, able to hold a fish but not to be very visible or obstruct fishing in any way.

The most common knots is the clinch knot, and this one is also frequently used by beginners.

Every knot has a purpose and you should choose accordingly. Additionally, knots used to tie a hook are different than those used to connect to pieces of a fishing line.

To know more about how to tie a fishing hook, what knots to use, and more, read the following chapters:

So, How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line? [Best Way]
What are The Best Knots to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line?
What is The Strongest Fishing Knot?



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So, How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line? [Best Way]

Every knot is tied differently, and they all have their purpose.

However, there are some basic rules that can be applied to tying all knots.

In the next chapter I am going to give you details about how to tie a fishing hook to a line and I will do that for five basic knots, suitable for beginner anglers.

So, Here, I am going to list you some basic rules.


First of all, nothing can be learned and mastered “over night”.

You will have to tie a lot of knots before you become an expert. Try a few versions, use different lines and get to know the procedure.

Be aware of the fact that tying knots during daylight on a bright and sunny day is different than tying knots in windy and cloudy winter morning.

Lines are thin, hook eyes are small and the knots are tiny. If you add shaky hands, it is obvious that it is going to be a long process.


Not every knot is suitable for every line.

Also, there are knots for tying a hook to a line, and completely different knots for tying two lines together. Learn the difference and use the appropriate ones.


Every angler will have a bit of free line hanging when the knot is tied.

Beginners will probably have a lot. Cut it as close to a knot as possible but try not to damage the knot.

Another problem beginners usually have is that sometimes they take too short piece of a line and do not have enough length to finish the knot. If that happens, untangle what you did, and start again.

What are The Best Knots to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line?

So, here are some of the best and most popular fishing knots and how to tie them.

IMPROVED CLINCH KNOT (aka Fisherman's knot)

This is the most popular and widely used knot for tying a hook to a line.

Except for hooks, this knot can be used to tie a swivel or lure too.

Complete beginners also like this knot because it is easy to master, strong and usable in many situations. If you were able to use one knot only, this would be the one.

To tie it, pull the line through the hook eye, and wrap the loose end around the line about 6 times. Pull the loose end through the first loop (closest to the hook) and then back around inside the loos section of a line.

When you do it, pull both ends of the line to tighten the knot. Cut of the extra piece of the loose end.

When you are tying this, or any other, knot make sure that you do it neatly and precisely. Messy knots are unreliable and may untie during crucial moments of your fishing experience.


This knot is great to be used by those fishing with braided lines.

This is also one of the strongest knots used for tying a hook.

Same as the previous one, it can be used to tie a lure or a swivel. Some even use it to tie a fly on a leader line.

To tie it, take the line and bend it in half so you that it forms a loop (about 15 centimeters/6 inches long) and pull that loop through a hook eye. Then take the line and tie an overhand knot. Make sure it is still loose, do not tighten it.

Pull the loop over the end of a hook. To tighten it, pull the line and then cut of the remaining loose end.


This knot is best to be used on monifilament lines.

It keeps the hook straight and enables even line pulling. Anglers like to use it for topwater baits.

To tie it, thread the line through the hook eye two times. It should make a loop alongside the hook. Take this loop and wrap it around the hook at least 5 times. This will form coils around it. Take the line an pull it up so that the loop goes under the coils. While pulling the line, use your finger to hold the coils and prevent them from unwrapping.


This knot is very popular among carp anglers. It enables the use of boilies.

This knot got its name due to the fact that it is tied without tying a knot.

To tie it, tie a loop at the end of the line which will be used to hold the bait. Thread the other end of the line through the hook eye and adjust the desired loop position.

Double back and make about 7-8 turns around the shank. These have to be neatly done. After the last wrap, thread the free end of the line through the hook eye.

Hold the loop in place and pull the free end of the line to tighten the knot. This is in a way similar to te previously mentioned snell knot, but this one has a hair at the end.


This basic and simple knot is used for tying very small hooks to very thin lines.

This setup is suitable for small and light fish. Even children will be able to use this one.

To tie it, thread the line through the hook eye and tie a loose double overhand knot at the line end.

Pass the loop over the hook and tighten by pulling the line. It should sit around the bottom of the hook eye.

What is The Strongest Fishing Knot?

Now that you know how to tie a knot for fishing hook, you may wonder which knot is the strongest of them all.

As already briefly mentioned, Palomar knot is considered to be the strongest one, so here is a bit more about this knot.

It is very easy to tie, and it can be used in various situations. Braided lines can be hard to tie, so this knot will make it easier for you.

But why is Palomar knot so strong?

Twisting fishing lines can be great to secure the hook, but it also deforms the line in many places, and makes it a bit weaker.

Line can break at these points and you may end up losing a big fish.

Palomar knot is simple and does not include a lot of line twisting and bending. This will keep the line strong and secure.

To tie it properly, you will have to fully tighten it. If there are any loose parts, the knot will not be that strong and dependable.

When tied, the knot should “sit” on a hook eye, and not around the shank. This is one of the common beginners mistakes.

If the hook eye is very small, instead of forcefully pushing the line loop through it (that way you can damage the line) push the line through from one side to another, than bend it, and push the end back through the eye. That way you will form the same loop.

When you pull the line to tighten, pull both the line and the loose part, which you are going to cut of when the knot is finished.

Palomar knot is popular among saltwater anglers, especially those targeting larger fish.

This knot has almost the same strength as the fishing line.

Other knots, because of twisting, are never as strong as the rest of the line.


For every angler, to know how to tie a fishing hook is the most important part of their fishing knowledge and experience.

There are various knots available, and also many variations. I mentioned just the basic ones, which should be mastered before you move onto the more complicated versions.

The key is to practice at home, so that you can do it even in the worst conditions when you get outside.

And here is one more tip: If it seems that you can’t tighten the knot, use a few drops of water to make the line wet and a bit more slippery. It will ease the process.

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