The Most Versatile Fishing Knot

Being able to tie a handful of strong, reliable fishing knots is a core angling skill. Knots are used to secure line to lures, hooks and reel spools, as well as to join two different lines together. If a knot breaks or slips loose, it's bad news and can mean the loss of a lure and a fish. While there isn't one knot to do it all, a palomar is one of the best knots to learn first because it's simple to tie and versatile.

Advantages of the palomar

Poll any group of anglers - professional or weekend warriors - and odds are good the palomar scores high in popularity for tying line to lures and hooks. Here are a few reasons why.

  • The palomar is easy to tie.
  • Tied properly, it's very strong and resists slipping.
  • It works with light to heavy lines in fresh and saltwater.
  • The palomar can be used with monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided lines.

How to tie it

Follow these 4 steps when tying a palomar knot or watch our video tutorial on the Palomar Knot.

  1. Double about 6 inches of line and pass through the eye of the hook.
  2. Tie a simple overhand knot in the doubled line, letting the hook hang loose. Avoid twisting the lines.
  3. Pull the end of the loop down, passing it completely over the hook.
  4. Moisten and pull both ends of the line to draw up the knot. Trim excess.

Tying tips

A poorly tied knot can weaken, causing it to break or slip loose. Keep the following in mind for a strong, sturdy palomar.

  • Take your time when tying a knot.
  • Moisten the line before tightening a palomar. This lubricates it, reducing friction that can damage line.
  • Pull slowly and evenly when first tightening the knot, then pull harder as the knot cinches down to the hook eye or split ring.
  • Use a hard pull to test the knot and ensure it's tied correctly.

The palomar is a great all-round knot. Learn it and you'll use it often for many types of fishing.

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