The knot is the one part of fishing tackle over which the angler has complete control You can buy the best rod and reel and slap on the hottest lure, but with a poorly tied knot it will all go for naught, so to speak ... :-) A successful angler will know enough knots for any situation, but only enough - never too many. Pick your knots and practice them until you can tie them under the worst conditions - in low light on a pitching boat with your hands slippery with fish slime. Once you can do that, you're ready to go. If you can't find the knot you're looking for, let us know and we'll add it!
General Knot Notes:
Lubricate knots: Before you tighten a knot, lubricate it with saliva or by dipping it in the water. This will help the knot slide and seat properly. Lubrication also decreases excessive heat which dramatically weakens monofilament. Heat is generated by the friction created when knots are drawn up tight.
Seat the knot: Tighten knots with a steady, continuous pull. Make sure the knot is tight and secure. After it is tied, pull on the line and leader to make sure it holds. It is better to test it now than when a fish is on.
Trim neatly: Use nippers to trim the material as close as possible without nicking or damaging the knot.
Detailed Knot Instructions: