How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line? [4 Easy Fishing Knots]

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line

Being able to properly tie a fishing 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 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.

Additionally, knots used to tie a hook are different than those used to connect to pieces of a fishing line.

So, to know more about how to tie a fishing knot, what knots to use, and more, read the following chapters ...



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4 Easy and Best Knots Beginners Need to Learn

For beginners, learning the basics of fishing knots is essential for success on the water.

Four easy to tie knots every beginner should learn are the Improved Clinch Knot, the Palomar Knot, and the Uni Knot (Snell Knot).

Mastering these knots will ensure a secure and reliable connection between your line and hook, increasing your chances of reeling in that trophy fish. 

The Palomar Knot

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

It can be used to tie a hook, a lure or a swivel. Some even use it to tie a fly on a leader line.

How To Tie?

Step #1: Take the line and bend it in half so you that it forms a small loop (about 15 centimeters/6 inches long).

Step #2: Pull that loop through a hook eye.

Step #3 & 4: Then take the line and tie an overhand knot. Make sure it is still loose, do not tighten it.

Step #5: Pull the loop over the end of a hook.

Step #6: Pull the line and then cut of the remaining loose end of the line.

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line - Palomar Knot

The Clinch 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.

How To Tie?

Step #1: Put the line through the eye of the hook.

Step #2: Wrap the loose end around the line about 6 times.

Step #3: Pull the loose end through the first loop (closest to the hook).

Step #4: When you do it, pull both ends of the line to tighten the knot.

Step #5: Cut of the extra piece of the loose end.

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line - Clinch Knot

The Traditional Snell Knot

This knot is versatile and best to be used on monifilament lines.

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

How To Tie?

Step #1: Thread the line through the hook eye two times.

Step #2: It should make a loop alongside the hook.

Step #3 & 4: Take this loop and wrap it around the hook at least 5 times.

Step #5: This will form coils around it.

Step #6: 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.

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line - Traditional Snell Knot

The Knotless Knot

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.

How To Tie?

Step #1: Tie a loop at the end of the line which will be used to hold the bait.

Step #1: Thread the other end of the line through the hook eye.

Step #1: Adjust the desired loop position.

Step #2: Make about 7-8 turns line around the shank.

Step #3: Thread the free end of the line through the hook eye.

Step #4: Hold the loop in place, pull the free end of the line to tighten the knot.

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line - Knotless Knot

Basic Rules When Tying Hook With Fishing Knots

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

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

Practice and Patience

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.

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line - Patience

Use Proper Knot Types

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.

Free Line Problem Solving

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.

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line - Free Line Cut

What is The Strongest Fishing Knot to Tie a Fishing Hook on Fishing Line?

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!

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.

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.

How to Tie a Fishing Hook To a Line - Strongest


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

There are variety of fishing 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.

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