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The best tackle, the stoutest line and the deadliest lure are only as good as the weakest knot in your rig. Choosing the right knot for a specific purpose may seem daunting, but when you narrow your options to a few proven, trustworthy knots, you can’t go too far wrong. Learn a few and learn them well and concentrate on fishing.
The following gallery includes eight essential fishing knots and proper tying instructions that will handle just about any line, leader and lure configuration you’ll encounter. Learn these and rest assured you’ll always be well connected. And if you want to expand your knot knowledge, pick up a pocket copy of Joe Mahler's Essential Knots and Rigs for Salt Water here.
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