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How to Tie The Palomar Knot

Fishing Knots and knot tying instruction


The Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is another very quick and easy to tie knot. The Palomar Knot works well for attaching your hook to your line.

The Palomar knot is a knot that is used for securing a fishing line to a fishing lure, snap or swivel.

To tie the knot first double 8-12" of line into a loop and pass it through the eye of the hook, lure or swivel. Tie an very loose overhand knot using the doubled loop and the doubled section of line leading back to the fishing rod. Pass the object to be tied through the remaining loop of the of the overhand knot and slide the loop up onto the line just above the eye of the hook. Moisten the knot to lessen the friction and pull on the tag and standing ends evenly to snug the knot down. Trim the free end of the line to a length of about 3mm.

This knot is good for all kinds of light fishing lines, especially braided Dacron, and retains almost all of the original line strength, even with monofilaments. It also is nearly impossible (if tied correctly) to "pull out". It is equally effective with other fastening applications - such as a dog clip to a rope - provided the object being tied to can pass through the loop, and the line or rope is not too thick, and, with practice, it can be tied in the dark with cold hands.

Palomar knot is easy to tie, exceptionally strong and very popular with bass fishing pros for tying on jigs and worm hooks. It is somewhat awkward to tie when using lures with treble hooks, but it is the recommended knot for braided lines.

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The Palomar Knot is easy to tie correctly, and consistently the strongest knot known to hold terminal tackle.

1.  Double about 4" of line and pass the loop through the eye of fishing hook.

2.   Let the fishing hook hang loose, and tie an overhand knot in the doubled line. Avoid twisting the lines and do NOT tighten the knot.

3.   Pull the loop end of the line far enough to pass it over the hook, swivel or lure. Make sure the loop passes completely over the attachment.

4.   Pull both the tag end and the standing line until the knot is tightened.  Clip off the tag end of the fishing line.




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