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