Today we’re going to talk a bit about knot tying. Specifically, we’re going to layout five fishing knots that are to know. If you’re favorite knot didn’t make the list, don’t fret. This isn’t necessarily a list of ‘the top five knots of all-time’. Instead, it’s meant to give you an idea of what knots work well in which situations when you're bass fishing and hopefully be beneficial in broadening the horizon for a few of you.
Now if you don’t know how to tie all five of these yet or if it doesn’t go exactly as planned right away, I want to encourage you to be persistent. In time, you will master all five of these knots. And with these five, you’ll be able to effectively do almost anything you could imagine when it comes to bass fishing. Note: We sourced a quality instructional video of each knot being tied and credit to each content creator can be found at the the accompanying video link.
This knot is one of the first I ever learned to tie and quickly became my go-to knot for almost everything I do. What you’ll see with several other knots in this piece, is that they are are specific to certain things. But the Trilene Knot is a simple knot to tie that is very strong and can be used with jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Texas rigs and so much more. This is the basic knot that I tie 90% of the time and a definitely the one I’d recommend learning to tie first since it can be used to attach almost any bait to braided, monofilament and fluorocarbon lines.
The Palomar Knot is another very popular knot to use when attaching all sorts of lures. It’s not recommended with monofilament line as much, but works great with braided and fluorocarbon lines. So again, no matter what type of bait you’re wanting to tie on, the Palomar knot is almost always an option in bass fishing depending on the line you’re using.
The Blood Knot is my go-to knot for attaching a fluorocarbon or monofilament leader line to a braided main line. This is particularly important when using certain finesse techniques like drop shotting with a spinning reel. You want to spool your reel with braided line for the low stretch and castability, but a fluorocarbon leader helps you get more bites in the clear water where this technique is typically used. The FG knot is a similar knot used for this purpose. If you’re already versed in the FG knot, you can probably do without the blood knot.
Similar to the Blood Knot, the Loop Knot has a specific purpose. This knot is typically used with a topwater bait and creates space at the point of connection between the line and the lure which allows the bait to move more freely. This allows an angler to generate a better side to side walking action with the bait. There are a few other instances where you can try out incorporating a loop knot, like a hair jig for instances. But this knot is primarily used with topwaters that do not have a split ring at the line tie.
The Snell Knot is another knot used for the specific purpose of flipping, pitching and punching heavy cover. I’m not a big fan of the Snell Knot with anything but braided line, as I’ve had issues with fluorocarbon line cutting into itself with this knot. But when flipping heavy cover with braid, the Snell Knot is hard to beat. The mechanics of the knot create an upward trajectory for the hook point on the hookset and this is believed to greatly increase the hookup ratio when fishing this type of pattern.