Gone Outdoors

How to Tie Fish Knots

by Jonathan Jordan

Knot tying is considered a fairly easy task in fishing. The two different ends of the line involved in tying any knot are denoted by two different terms: "tag" end and "standing" end. The tag end of the line is the working end of the line used to maneuver around the hook; whereas, the standing end is the end from the reel. According to tyingfishingknots.net, "tying fishing knots is one of the most basic, but also one of the most overlooked, aspects of fishing." Most knots are all-purpose and suitable for most types of fishing.

Jansik Knots Instructions

Provide enough line for the completion of the knot. Measure out between 6 and 12 inches of fishing line.

Feed the tag end of the line through the eye of the hook. Repeat this step twice so that you now have what looks like three circular sections of line. The three circular sections of line must be of similar size so that the process will continue in a smooth manner.

Hold the three circular sections of line together and feed the tag end of the line through the circles. Wrap the line around the lines in a similar fashion two to three times for optimal hold.

Keep safety in mind. Secure the hook with the pliers for safety purposes.

Lubricate the line with vegetable oil. Lubricating the line before tightening the knot reduces frictional heat. Frictional heat can cause damage to the fishing line, which, in turn, makes the knot weaker than intended.

Secure the tag end of the line with your teeth and firmly hold the pliers gripping the hook. Pull simultaneously on both the hook holding the pliers and the standing end of the line with your hands to tighten the knot. Pull the knot until there is no longer any slack movement on the tag end. Trim any excess line on the tag end to avoid snagging it while in use.

Items you will need
  • Fishing monofilament line, pound test appropriate to size of fish desired
  • Pliers
  • Fishing hook
  • Vegetable oil


  • Conceal and buffer the sharp hook with foam or cork to ensure safety.
  • If you do not have pliers readily available, you can use a boat's rigging or safety line instead.
  • If no vegetable oil is readily available, saliva is a simple substitute lubricant for the knots.


  • Take caution when working with sharp objects. Hooks may cause slight to severe bodily harm.
  • Take care when using rope or fine monofilament line. Rope and fine fishing line are also potentially hazardous.
  • Lakes, ponds, rivers and the oceans contain harmful bacteria. When applying saliva to the knots, drip or spit the saliva instead of applying it directly from the mouth.

About the Author

Jonathan Jordan has been a professional writer since 2007. His writing tends to cover topics in technology and traveling. He attends Muskegon Community College, but will be transferring to Grand Valley State University to complete his Bachelor in Science in biopsychology.

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