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Fishing Knots 101

River Fishing

How to tie, or decide on the correct fishing knot can become rather confusing and if you're just beginning to fish this may appear as somewhat of a daunting task. A simple internet search will yield tons of different knots and styles for you to attempt. Many of these knots are great to know and after years of experience become almost like second nature. After spending my entire life fishing it is amazing to me how my fingers will instinctively tie knots made to fit the lure and style of fishing without even putting any thought into the process. Knot tying for fishing with practice will become like tying your shoes and with muscle memory becomes very quick and easy.

This how to guide will focus on the 5 most important knots for you to know. These knots have been selected for ease of use, and also versatility and strength. Knot strength is going to always be the core element to any practical knot weather it is for fishing or everyday use. Proper execution of knot tying is also as important as testing every knot you tie. It is important to take note of the line that you will be using as some of the new braided fishing lines are too thin and too sleek for some knots to work correctly.

This Guide will help you explore the correct knot for the correct application. Please keep note that there are literally hundreds of knots and styles of knots available for you to experiment with. The selection made for this guide is simply based on the common must have knots for any angler from fresh to saltwater. For this selection we will be covering the following knots: The Modified Clinch Knot/Noose Knot, The Palomar Knot, The Surgeons Knot, The Berkley Braid Knot, and The Loop Knot.

So let's get into the fun stuff and try not to confuse you too much. The best way I can suggest someone to learn a new knot is to have some fishing line, a lure, swivel, or hook in front of you as you read on. This is something you can easily practice in front of your computer while at your desk and actually be hands on as you read through the steps. This hands on approach will greatly improve your chances for successful completion, and retaining the steps necessary to repeat over and over again.

Tips from the Pros

When learning new knots it is highly beneficial to practice with hands on training as you learn the steps to complete a knot. Hands on training not only is a great learning aid for the mind, but since you will also be using your fingers to tie the knots it builds essential muscle memory. Upon the successful first completion of a knot immediately cut the knot and re-tie the knot three times. If you follow this step and immediately repeat the same process although it may seem redundant your chances for mastering the knot go up exponentially. Tie the knot three times and you will be far better off and be able to repeat correctly without a guiding hand when It comes time to hit the water.

Learning the 5 knots selected for this how to guide will make you a better and far more prepared angler whom is equipped with the knowledge required to produce a knot for any situation. Once you have mastered these knots get online and tryout a few more its always fun to learn something new and the more you know in the world of fishing the better!

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