How to Tie Fishing Knots

How to Tie Fishing Knots

Once you have figured out which rod and reel you’re going to use along with the hook you need to be able to tie them all together and that is where fishing knots come in.  Fishing successfully all comes down to how well you tied your knots.  The best tied knots don’t change the strength of the line but a poorly tied knot can ruin your line.  Knowing how to tie knots is not just for boy scouts, good fishermen know how to tie common fishing knots too.  So let’s go over some of the basic knots and how to tie them.

Commonly Used Knots

Trilene Knot: This knot is ideal for tying hooks to fishing line and it will keep more than 90% of the line strength.  You need to pass the line through the eye on the hook twice from the same side and leave a small loop. Take the free end and wrap it around the standing line 5 times and put the free end through the double loop.  Pull on the hook and the line and then trim off the edge.  Here is a visual to help you.

Palomar Knot:  The Palomar knot is another good option though not as strong as the trilene.  You are going to first fold the line against itself so that you have a double strand, next you want to push it through the eye of the hook.  Then you want to use it to tie an overhand knot leaving a big enough loop for the hook to go through.  Push the hook through the loop and tighten the knot by pulling on the double strand and the hook at the same time.  Trim off the ends.

Blood Knot:  The Blood Knot is used to tie one line to another and it will retain just over half its strength, not great but it will do in a pinch.  The first thing you need to is overlap the lines so that they are each pointing in opposite directions.  Take one of the lines and twist it around the other four times, bring the free end back and put it between the two lines.  Twist the other line the same way and bring it back through the same opening that is holding the other line.  Use a quick jerk to tighten and once again trim off the ends.

One thing to remember when trying to tie fishing knots is to moisten the ends with a bit of saliva before you pull it tight, this lessens the amount of friction and helps you get strong and tight knots.  All knots will loosen a bit so leave a little bit of trim on the edges.  Check your knots frequently when you are fishing and be prepared to tie them fairly often.

What do I Need to go Fishing on a Lake

What do I Need to go Fishing on a Lake

I have great summer memories of getting up early to go fishing on a local lake. There was but one time that was not really fun and that was because I was not prepared. So, what do you need to go fishing on a lake?

Let’s start from the beginning; every good fisher gets a good night’s sleep because everyone knows, fishing early is the best time. Get out there with a well-rested mind and body!

The gear

Now before we get too complicated, let’s start simple. The three main important things a fisher needs is a fishing pole with hooks and bobbers, live bait, and a well-rounded bucket if you plan to have a fish fry! First, check the pole to make sure nothing is broken and the line is fed through. Once I went a forty-five-minute drive just to find out my fishing line was snapped and empty! Likewise, you have to make sure you have enough bait. Think about how much time you want to spend fishing; a couple hours? a day? It’s a necessity to have plenty of bait to lure the fish to your hook.  Here is a visual of what you will need.

Pack a lunch

Along with your supplies, you can’t forget your lunch! Casting on an empty stomach can really wear a guy down; so, make sure you pack plenty of food and water! Adding on to your health safety, remember to bring sunscreen and some head protection. Unlike most natural parks, the lake does not have anything to cast a shadow to protect you from the sun; so, bring sunblock to protect your skin and wear light clothing to reduce any potential heat strokes. Like everything else, it’s great to have fun, but your safety matters more!

The boat

Now for the big things. You cant get on the water without a boat. Unless you plan to fish off of the pier (which is totally cool; especially for sunsets!) your going to need some aquatic vehicle. If you have one, great! Hitch it up and make your way to the lake! If you don’t bring some extra cash or your credit card to rent one. Meanwhile, do some research and find out if the lake you plan to go to actually has boat rentals. Be prepared! Some lake facilities do not lend or charge extra for a motor. If this is the case, be ready to paddle or row.

Now that you have everything, there is one last thing: a mindset for a great day! This is what makes fun as fun so prepare yourself for an awesome time!