Fishing Knots

Tying a non-slip Loop Knot

The Non-Slip Loop Knot is a great knot for use on both live and artificial baits where hook movement is critical. Unlike a Uni-Knot, this loop knot does not close when you put pressure on a fish and this is something to consider when deciding which one to use. When tied correctly, the tag end of the Non-Slip Loop Knot will be pointed back toward the hook when the knot is fully tightened, keeping it from catching on grass and weeds. The loop shown below was tied in 50# test to a Gamakatsu Superline 5/0 Worm Hook.

  1. Start the knot by tying an overhand knot in the end of your leader. Leave plenty of extra line for a tag end so that you have some room to work. Pass the tag end through the eye of the hook as shown at left.
  2. Next, pass the tag end back through the overhand knot going in the opposite side from which the tag end originally emerged.
  3. Now, wrap the tag end around the standing line one time passing the tag through the new “loop” you’ve just created.
  4. Next, give the hook a twist and then insert the tag back into the original overhand knot.
  5. Pull both the tag end and the standing line to tighten. As you gain experience, you will be able to control the size of the loop. The finished knot is compact, strong, and the tag wont catch on grass and weeds.
Fishing Knots

Tying a Slim Beauty Knot

The Uni Knot has become the standard knot for attaching braided lines such as Power Pro and Fins to Monofilament for the purpose of creating an invisible and abrasion resistant leader between your lure and the highly-visible braided line. There is however a knot adopted from fly fishing that is not only stronger, but just as easy to tie.

Called the Slim Beauty, this knot has elements of both a Bimini Twist and an Albright knot all rolled into one clean, quick connection. Give the Slim Beauty a try, you may not ever go back to the Uni Knot…

  1. The Slim Beauty Knot starts out with a simple Figure Eight Knot in the Flourocarbon or Monofilament leader material. To make a Figure Eight Knot, make a loop in the Mono, but coninue all the way around the mono with the tag end before putting it throught the loop. Your Figure Eight should look identical to the one at left. Be sure not to tighten the knot too snugly.
  2. Next, take the end of your braided line and pass it through the top section of the figure eight on the same side from which the tag end emerges (in the Photo at left, both the tag end and the braided line are underneath the right side of the mono loop). Next, put the end of the braided line into the bottom section of the figure eight so that it emerges on the opposite side as the section of mono that goes to the lure.
  3. Now, wrap the braided line 6-7 times around the mono leader. Allow yourself plenty of extra braided line to work with. You should now have something similar to the image at left.
  4. Take the end of the braided line and wrap back down the mono in the same direction and the same number of times. You should end up back at the figure eight. To finish the knot, simply put the end of your braided line through the bottom loop of the figure eight (the side towards your lure). Which side of the loop you go into is not important here.
  5. The hardest part of tying the Slim Beauty Knot is closing it. First, close the Figure Eight Knot by pulling on opposites sides of your mono leader. It is always wise to lubricate any knot tied in monofilament with saliva. Next, alternately pull on both the standing line and tag end of the braided line. The knot should slowly start to take shape. You may have to push on the wraps of braided line gently with your fingers to coax them toward the figure eight. After the knot has taken shape like th one at left, pull on all four lines to tighten.
  6. Clip off the tag ends. You should have one of mono leader and one of braided line. The finished knot should appear like the one at left.

The Slim Beauty Knot is a strong, clean knot that is a great alternative to the Double Uni Knot. It is much less likely to pull out when tying small diameter braided line to heavier diameter monofilament and fluorocarbon bite leaders, and is indispensable when fishing for tarpon and snook.