The first knot shown here, the Improved Clinch Knot, is my favourite knot for joining monofilament line to hooks and swivels – and it is super easy.
If you learn only this and the Palomar Knot (for tying braid to hooks and swivels) you have all that you need to tie a good rig and attach it to your main line. You can learn others, but you don’t actually need to.
Three more knots for tying monofilament line to terminal tackle are illustrated below.
Learning any of these is entirely in the “up to you” camp – you can if you prefer one of them…
The first knot shown here is a super simple and super strong knot for tying braid to hooks and swivels. Why use anything more complex?
If you learn this and the Improved Clinch Knot (for tying with monofilament line) you have all you need to tie a good rig and attach it to your main line. You can learn others, but you don’t actually need to.
Two more complex, knots for tying braid are shown below. Learn one or more of them if you like…
The Knotless Knot has the advantage of including a loop for mounting bait off the hook (a hair rig). If you plan to use hair rigs then this one is well worth learning.
The Domhoff knot is an excellent knot for tying spade end hooks of any size to monofilament line or braid. This is by far the most popular knot for this purpose and really is the only one worth learning. It’s strong, reliable, and looks super neat – if that matters to you. It can also be used to tie a knot with a “hair” (for a hair rig) incorporated – just leave a good length over to form the “hair” with. It is also easy to tie (easy, that is, once you have mastered the art of using your third and fourth fingers to hold the line end each time you make a wrap).
So, here’s how to tie the Domhoff knot, in six easy steps (described for right-handers, reverse if a leftie):
1. Make a loop in the end of your line. Lie the loop against the shank, sticking out beyond the bend of the hook. Grip the end of the loop and the bend of hook tightly in place between forefinger and thumb of your right hand.
2. Take the free end of the line with your left hand and start to wind it up the hook shank, still holding the loop between thumb and forefinger. Whilst winding take care to keep the main line underneath the coils. It helps a lot if the main line is under tension.
3. After seven or eight turns grip the whippings with your left hand and move your right hand to reveal the loop that was held by it.
4. Pass the loose end through the revealed loop.
5. Moisten the knot with a little saliva and then gently begin to tighten the knot by pulling on the main part of the line. Once it is getting fairly tight pull the other end of the line too. Once it is tightened fully on the shank pull it up towards the spade end.
6. That’s it, you are done. Just make sure the line leaves the hook from the front of the spade and the coils are neat. Remember, a poorly formed knot is weak – by as much as 30% or more. If it’s not perfect tie it again – you get more practice for free!
When loading line on to a reel it is important that you know how to do it correctly and so avoid lots of annoying line twist. What you don’t want to do is put a pen through the middle and have the spool of line spinning – that is a recipe for super twist!
To see what you should do just take 3 minutes to watch the very clear video found here on YouTube.