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3.  Still holding the loop and lines with one hand, use your other hand to rotate the swivel through center of both loops, at least six times.

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2.  Hold the tag end and standing line while coils are pulled up.  Take care that coils are in spiral, not lapping over each other.  Slide tight against the eye.  Clip tag end.

 Snell Fishing Knot

The Snell Knot provides a strong connection when fishing with bait and using a separate length of leader. You can only use a Snell Knot with a leader.

1.   Insert one end of the leader through the hook's eye, extending 1 to 2 inches past the eye. 

Insert the other end of the leader through the eye in the opposite direction pointing toward the barb of the hook.

Hold the hook and leader ends between your thumb and forefinger of left hand.  Leader will hang below the hook in a large loop.

2.   Separate one of the center twists and thrust the two ends through the space as shown.

5.   Pull the two standing lines in opposite directions to slide the knots together.  Pull as tightly as possible and snip ends close to nearest coil

2.   Make a second circle, parallel with the first and pass the end of the line through the fishing hook eye a third time

2.   Let the fishing hook hang loose, and tie an overhand knot in the doubled line.

Avoid twisting the lines and do NOT tighten the knot.

2.   Pass the loop with the twist over the swivel.
Hold the endof the loop, plus both legs of the double-line leader with one hand.
Let the swivel slide to other end of double loops now formed.

2. Take the free end back, behind and then under the straight line.


 3.   Pull the tag end to form a snug knot tight around the line

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4.   Hold the fish hook, swivel or fishing lure with pliers.

Hold the standing line with other hand and hold the tag end in teeth. Pull all three to tighten.  (Arrows identify standing line.)

Jansik Knot - A popular knot for Muskie Fishing

A strong knot.  The Jansik Special Knot is a popular knot with muskie fisherman. 

1.   Run about five inches of line through the eye of fish hook or fishing lure.

Bring it around in a circle and run it through again

2.   Take the part of the large lower loop that is closest to the eye and wrap it over the hook shank and both ends of the leader toward the hook's barb.

2.   Loop around the standing part of line 5 or 6 times

3.   Bend the standing part of the line around the two circles.

Bring tag end around in a third circle and wrap it three times around the three parallel lines

Improved Clinch Knot

1.  An old standby for fishermen.  Pass the line through the eye of hook, swivel or lure.   Double back and make 5 turns around the standing line. 

Hold the coils in place; thread end of line through the first loop above the eye, then through the big loop as shown.

4. Continue looping the free end around the straight line in the same direction. Form about four loops.

Trilene Knot

The Trilene Knot is a strong reliable connection that resists slippage and premature failures


1.   Run the end of line through eye of hook or lure and double back through the eye a second time

1. Take the end of the line and double it to form a loop of the required size.

2. Tie an Overhand Knot at the desired point, leaving the loop open.

3. Bring the doubled line through the loop again.

4. Hold the line and the end part together, and pull the loop to form a knot.

Uni-Knot - Tying Fishing Line to Terminal Tackle


1.   Run the line through the eye of hook, swivel or lure at least 6" and fold to make 2 parallel lines.

Bring the end of line back in a circle toward the hook or lure.

Offshore Swivel Knot

1.   Slip the loop end of double-line leader through the eye of swivel.
Rotate the loop end a half-turn to put a single twist between loop and swivel eye.

The Clinch Knot

1. Bring the free end of the line up through the eye of the hook. Give yourself about a foot of free line on top to work with.

Improved Blood Knot

The Improved Blood Knot is used for tying two pieces of monofilament together of relatively equal diameters

1.  Overlap the ends of your two strands that are to be joined.

Twist them together about 10 turns.

4.   Pull up tight and trim the tag end

3.   Pull the loop end of the line far enough to pass it over the hook, swivel or lure.

Make sure the loop passes completely over the attachment.

4.   Pull both the tag end and the standing line until the knot is tightened.  Clip off the tag end of the fishing line.

3.   Continue to wrap for 7 or 8 turns and hold wraps with left hand.  Grip the end of the leader that is through the eyelet with your right hand and pull it slowly and steadily.  Hold the turns with your left hand or the knot will unravel.

When knot is almost tight, slide it up against the eye of the hook.  Grip the short end lying along the shank of the hook with a pair of pliers.  Pull this end and the standing line at the same time to completely tighten the knot.

4.   Use the loose end of the overlapped line to tie another Unit-Knot as shown above and pull snug

5.  To draw the knot tight, grip the swivel with pliers and push loops toward the eye with fingers, while still keeping standing lines of the leader pulled tight.

4.   Continue pulling until the knot is tight.

Trim tag end flush with closest coil of knot.

The uni-knot will not slip.

3. Bring the free end back over the top to form a full loop. Keep loops fairly loose at this point.

3.   Thread the tag end back between the eye and the coils as shown

Uni Knot - Joining 2 Lines

1.   Overlap ends of two lines of about the same diameter for about 6".  
Take one end, and form the Uni-Knot circle, crossing the two lines about midway of the overlapped distance

Surgeon's End Loop

6. Slowly pull out all slack. Then pull tightly and trim off the end.

5. With the free end coming from the bottom of a turn, pass it between the eye and the first loop.

2.   Make 6 turns with tag end around the double line.

Pass tag end through the circle.

Hold the double line at a point where it passes through the eye and pull the tag end to snug up the turns.

3.   Pull the knot together and trim off the short ends.

2.   Tie the Uni-Knot, making six turns around the two lines (leaving the loop free)

Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is easy to tie correctly, and consistently the strongest knot known to hold terminal tackle.

1.  Double about 4" of line and pass the loop through the eye of fishing hook.

3.   Now pull the standing line to slide the knot up against the eye.

4.  Continue holding both legs of the double-line leader tightly, but release the end of loop.
Pull on the swivel and the loops will begin to gather.