15 Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

Here are 15 proven fishing knots we think will make you extremely versatile in bass fishing. These knots will give you a lot of options for joining lines, creating loops on lures, snelling, or just getting stronger connections and quick solid knots when you’re in a hurry to get your lure back in the water. ...

Here are 15 proven fishing knots we think will make you extremely versatile in bass fishing. These knots will give you a lot of options for joining lines, creating loops on lures, snelling, or just getting stronger connections and quick solid knots when you’re in a hurry to get your lure back in the water. We've illustrated how to tie each fishing knot, and made it easy to view on your phone out in the boat. So be sure to bookmark this link for later and share it with your fishing buddies.

Fishing line isn’t magic, no matter what any commercial tells you. It wears out, it builds up friction, it gets nicked, scraped, scratched, cut, stretched and everything else. So retying is important. Tying a good knot to begin with, however, is more important, so you might want to read our 4 Tips on Tying a Good Fishing Knot before delving into these knots.

We've spent the last year quizzing professional guides, professional anglers and avid fishermen to find out what are the most commonly mentioned and used knots for bass fishing. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to tie each of the fishing knots we felt were relevant.



  1. The Palomar Knot
  2. The Improved Clinch
  3. The Trilene Knot
  4. The Uni Slip Knot
  5. The San Diego Jam Knot
  6. The Snell Knot
  7. The Rapala Loop Knot
  8. The Eugene Slip Knot
  9. The Alberto Knot
  10. The Two-Uni Join Knot
  11. The Yucatan Knot
  12. The J-Knot
  13. The Double-Line Uni Knot
  14. The Double Line San Diego Jam Knot
  15. The Arbor Knot


For more information on bass fishing, see our How to Bass Fish GuideWhen to Bass Fish Guide and Where to Bass Fish Guide.

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