Tie an Overhand Knot in the doubled line, letting the hook hang loose. Pull the end of loop down, passing it completely over the hook.
A join can between two lines of equal diameter can be made using one of the Hangman's Knots also known as a Uni-Knot. Pull the end tight to draw the knot up into shape.
Wind the doubled line around the thumb and the loop 5 times. Put the end of the double line through the eye of the swivel.
Use the left hand to rotate the swivel through both loops 6 times or more. Pull on the swivel and loops of line will start to form.
Holding the swivel with pliers, or (better still) attaching it with a short length of line to the rigging, push the loop down towards the eye while keeping pressure on the double line. Loops are made for the purpose of attaching leaders, traces or other terminal tackle.
Take the end of the line and double it to form a loop of the required size. Tie an Overhand Knot at the desired point, leaving the loop open.
Hold the line and the end part together, and pull the loop to form a knot. Another end loop can be tied quickly and easily using the Blood Bight Knot.
The loops can be made long enough to have a hook set on them, but that isn't necessarily the best presentation for many fish. Take hold of one side of the loop, and make 6 or more turns around the line itself.
Pull gently on both ends of the line, making the turns gather and pack down on either side of the loop. The turns will make the loop stand at right angles to the line.
It is not an especially compact not, but has a very strong attachment, which cannot be said for the more aesthetically pleasing Perfection Loop. Make a Blood Bight (see above) at the end of the backing line.
Pass it through the Blood Bight and make a simple Sheet Bend. Now pass the end of the tapered line back through the closed loop of the Sheet Bend.
Hold both ends of the tapered line to tighten and draw into shape. This knot will move readily over the rod guides, but grip a monofilament nylon so tightly that it will not slide over the line.
At least consider using the double turtle trick listed below to enhance it, if you choose this simple knot. Carry the end of the line on to make a Simple Overhand Knot upon the loop.
Pull on both parts of the line to draw the knot up into shape against the eye of the hook or swivel. Often impossible to untangle, wind knots are the direct result of slack line and have little relation to NOAA’s latest advisory.
All of these factors contribute to lines that help resist wind knots, but even the latest braiding technology and proprietary coatings won’t protect you completely. After every cast close the bail arm manually and pull the line tight to help eliminate slack before turning the handle on your reel.
Check to make sure a loop of line isn’t resting over the drag knob before completing your retrieve. When an angler makes a cast with a spinning reel the weight of the lure or bait pulls line off the spool.
Because of this fact it is important you don’t overfill the spool, as this will decrease the friction and make it easier for multiple loops of line to jump off at once. Furthermore, spinning reels with wide arbors create larger loops as line exists the spool and can result in a greater occurrence of wind knots.
After making a cast, most anglers turn the handle to initiate their retrieve and let the bail arm close automatically. Your leader construction can also have an impact, and it’s important that your knot or swivel is beyond the rod tip before winding up and firing off a cast.
If you make a cast and a knot has to pass through multiple guides, you can practically guarantee the line will exit the spool inconsistently. No matter the situation always follow through in your casts and point your tip toward the lure to facilitate line coming off the spool as smooth and consistent as possible.
Ultra light offerings like weedless soft plastics are also prone to initiate wind knots since they don’t weigh much. The next cast you make will pull off the loose line at once and may form a knot as it passes through the guides in a large cluster.
After every cast close the bail arm manually and pull the line tight to help eliminate slack before turning the handle on your reel. As the fishing action heats up anglers become more complacent and this is when wind knots often rear their ugly head.
But with all the added innovations brought to us over recent years it’s still the basic knots we tie in monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided fishing lines that make the difference in the outcome of any encounter. Selecting or creating an incorrect knot will make the challenge of subduing powerful game fish both frustrating and futile, no matter the rod and reel or targeted species.
When it comes to drawn out battles with powerful predators, anglers often look to knots that maintain the highest breaking strength of a line’s original rating. No matter what knot you choose to attach your leader, the connection is only going to be as strong as the weakest link in the chain.
One popular connection that continues to trouble many is attaching fluorocarbon or monofilament leader material to a double line. Beware that it’s critical you select the proper knot for the specific application and the variance in diameter from leader to mainline or you’ll be in for a sad surprise.
No matter what knot you choose to attach your leader, the connection is only going to be as strong as the weakest link in the chain. Once you’ve formed a double line, pass your leader material through the loop, making sure to leave a long enough tag end to work with.
Connecting mono or flour leader to a braided double line requires 7 to 10 wraps. Once you’ve made a sufficient amount of wraps, take the tag end and insert it in the gap between the double line and leader.
Moisten the knot and slowly cinch tight by pulling on the double line and leader simultaneously. For years knot strength has been the reason that most fishermen lose fish.