How to Tie Braided Fishing Line Knots

by Joe Steel
Braided line is often the choice of bass anglers.

Braided line is often the choice of bass anglers.

While hooks, swivels, lures, flies and other tackle can be attached to line with an almost infinite number of knots, experienced anglers usually settle on a few favorites. Which knot to use when depends also on the type of fishing, what's being tied onto the line and the kind of line itself. For braided line, one favorite knot is the aptly named braid knot.

Tying the Braid Knot

Fold the line over itself, doubling it, forming a loop. Put the loop through the eye of the hook, lure or other tackle you're attaching. Make the loop fairly large so you'll have plenty to work with. Double the loop back over the standing line a few inches so you have four strands of line. Leave a little loop of line by the eye. Grasp the end of the line at the loop and wrap it around the four strands anywhere from four to eight times in the direction of the eye. Run the top of the loop through the small loop by the eye. Cinch the knot tight with a steady motion. Trim the end of the braided line, leaving about 1/4 inch, and cut the end of the double loop by the eye.

About the Author

Joe Steel is a Northwest-based editor, writer and novelist, former news editor of an outdoor weekly. He also was an editor at a Seattle-based political weekly and editor of a monthly business magazine. He has been published in the "Seattle Times," the "Washington Post" and the "Foreign Service Journal," among other publications.

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