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April 10, 2013

Eight Essential Fishing Knots

Essential connections every saltwater angler needs to know.

The best tackle, the strongest line and the most killer lure are only as strong 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 the fishing. Here are eight essential fishing knots 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.

The Knots:

Albright Knot



Bimini Twist



Double Uni Knot



Fast Snell Knot

Haywire Twist


Improved Clinch Knot

Non-Slip Loop


 Bristol Knot

All illustrations by Joe Mahler /