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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.

20 thoughts on “15 Fishing Knots Every Angler Should Know

  1. Thank You guys! It would be awesome if you made this an app for our phones! I did print it out & put it in a fishing license plastic holder so I have it always!!!

  2. THE IMPROVED CLINCH NOT IS THE BEST KNOT I HAVE FOUND AND VERY EASY TO TIE. I HAVE NEVER HAD A CLINCH KNOT TO UNRAVAL OR TO BREAK. ESPECIALLY ON BRAIDED LINES.

    • I use the Clinch knot for most applications. I rarely have a problem with it, so I leave out the extra step that makes it an improved Clinch knot. These two knots are both great. I have been using the Uni Knot more often these day’s, but that is because I like to use it with split rings.

  3. Yeah, I’m suprised the alberto is on here and not the albright. The albright is more useful overall, since the alberto is harder to cinch up neatly with thicker braid. Also, that’s not how to tie a real snell. Look up a real snell, it’s trickier to tie, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a much better knot..

  4. What is your thought on using the Davy Knot while Smallmouth Bass fishing. Is the knot strong enough, so simple and easy to tie .

  5. I use the eye-crosser knot for most applications and the j-knot for tying braid and flourocarbon together. Both have given me excellent service.

    • We included the 15 most mentioned knots of the more than 200 professional anglers we asked to tell us what knots they use frequently. The Seirgan’s Knot was not mentioned once.

  6. I use the Albright knot for attaching fluorocarbon leaders to braid. It has always worked great for me, and it is a small knot that can pass easily through the guides on the rod.

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