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View Poll Results: Which knot do you prefer to use for tying fishing line to hooks?
Improved Clinch 3 37.50%
Palomar 2 25.00%
Other (I'll explain in thread) 3 37.50%
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:24 PM
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Fishing Hook Knot

What's your most often used knot for securing line to fish hooks?

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Old 02-15-2012, 12:14 PM
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I've used the Perfect knot on hooks and flies for years and never had it fail.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:49 PM
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Thanks Ralph. Are you referring to the Perfection Loop?

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Old 02-15-2012, 02:37 PM
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Possibly, it's been quite awhile since I called it anything, I just tie it.

Run the line through the hook eye, twist 3-4 times run the end through the loop next to the hook eye and back though the loop so formed then snug and trim the tag end. (On flies I have a Walton's Thumb with a clipper on one side and a tag crimper (blunt nipper) that flattens out the tag end to prevent any inclination of the leader to back out of the knot. In all it makes for a neat, strong, non-bulky knot that is easy to tie - and has to be cut off.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:30 PM
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I use quite a few different ones depending on my mood. Palomar is the gig if you're drop shotting or using braid.

Uni-knot is easy because you use it for arbor knots, splices and terminal ties. I've used clinch & improved clinch (my co-worker prefers clinch). Many folks say these aren't suitable for braid.

As of late, I've been using the "gryp knot". I bought a Tie Fast knot tool for trout fishing -- specifically for the nail knot. You can do the same basic knot setup and end up with the gryp knot. I've straightened a couple of 3/0 wide gap worm hooks on 12 pound mono with it. Used it on braid with no problems as well.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:47 AM
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The Palomar is one of the strongest knots you can do. As its not a strange knot like many others it retains a very high breaking strain. An added bonus is its very easy to tie.

The knot virtually everyone in carp fishing uses these days to attach the hook is called the knotless knot. Again very strong easy to tie.

Its use has become so widespread, because the bait is no longer struck on the hook, but threaded onto the looped part, so it hangs just below the hook. A carp feeds by sucking in a likely food object and then blowing out any foreign objects (twigs, stones etc or in this case a baited hook)... as the hook is blown out it pricks the mouth and the fish is on.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:41 AM
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i've been a big fan of snell'd hooks for years now. sure it's not the easiest knot to tie, but it's solid. gives a decent presentation too.

the classic fisherman's knot(at least that's what I myself know it as) is really underrated. it's what I'll use if I'm out and my line breaks(tying a snell on a treble without a third hand is frustrating for me).
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:04 PM
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I failed to mention in my original post (as it completely slipped my mind) that the little tie fast knot tyer tool makes quick & easy work out of snelling a hook as well. I had never done one before, ever, and nailed it on the first try.

The directions with the tool are somewhat weak, but there's an awesome video of the tool in action.

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Old 02-24-2012, 05:38 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ralph
Run the line through the hook eye, twist 3-4 times run the end through the loop next to the hook eye and back though the loop so formed then snug and trim the tag end.

That's the one I use also. Learned from another fisherman way back and never heard what it was called. "perfect" I like.
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