Gone Outdoors

How to tie a hook and lure onto fishing line

by Heide Braley

When the weather is nice, and the sky is partly cloudy with no rain in sight, it is time to get fishing. Grab a fishing pole and some bait along with some extra tackle and head for your favorite fishing hole. Before you head out, though, make sure you know how to tie a hook or a lure onto your line or you will be regretting it the first time you pull in a good sized fish as it wiggles free of your rod, taking your hook with it. Knowing how to tie a few kinds of knots is essential.

1. The uni-knot is a very popular and easy knot to tie. Run the string through the eye of the hook and pull a few inches through. Pull it parallel to the other side of the line and then circle around towards the hook. Wrap the line around the two lines about six times and then pull back towards the hook. Trim the extra bit of line flush with the knot.

2. The rapala knot is also pretty common for those wanting a strong knot. Tie a regular overhand knot but don't pull it tight. Feed the end of the line through the hook or lure and then back through the overhand knot you made. Now wrap it three times around the line and bring it back through the overhand knot, leaving it slack, and then bring the end of the line up through the slack loop and pull tight. Trim any excess line.

3. The mono knot is another strong knot and can be adjusted for greater strength depending on what you are fishing for. It is a good knot when you want the hook to have some movement. Start with a regular overhand knot, leaving about eight inches. Pass the end of the line through the eye of the hook and then back again through the overhand knot. Now wrap the line several times for small fish and as few as two times for heavier fish. Pass the end through the overhand knot the same way it came out in the last step. Get the knot wet and pull the hook with one hand and the end of the line with the other hand, until the knot tightens. Trim the end

4. A penny knot is common for tying a hook to a line. Pass the end of the line through the hook eye. Pull enough through to form a loop. Holding the beginning of the loop with one hand, wrap the loop around the line several times. Now put the end of the line through the end of the loop and tighten slowly. Trim any excess.

About the Author

Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.