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Fishing Tip | How to tie the palomar knot (and double palomar knot)

Looking for a really strong fishing knot that’s simple to tie? In this illustration, we’ll show you step-by-step how to tie the palomar knot (you can also view instructional videos further down the page).

Time needed: 1 minute.

Step-by-step instructions for tying the palomar knot:

  1. Thread fishing line through the eyelet of the hook.

    threading line through hook eyelet for palomar knot

  2. Thread tag end of line back through the hook eyelet.

    threading line back through hook eyelet for palomar knot

  3. With loop end and other end, tie a simple overhand knot, but be sure to keep it very loose and large (you’ll need that loop in the next step!)

    tying overhand knot for palomar knot

  4. Now, take the hook and insert it through the loop end of the line…

    inserting hook through loop for palomar knot

  5. Grab the hook in one hand and the line strands in the other and pull slowly. The knot will begin to cinch. (Be sure that the loop cinches above the eyelet of the hook!)

    pulling line and hook for palomar knot

  6. Trim the tag end of the line and you’ve completed the palomar knot!

    trimming the tag end of line on palomar knot

Want more instruction? View video below on how to tie the palomar knot!

(How to tie the palomar fishing knot video transcript)

Video #1: Learn to tie the Palomar Knot step-by-step

Learn a fishing knot that’s simple and strong. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

Hey everyone. Today I’m going to show you how to tie the palomar knot. It’s my favorite fishing knot. It’s one I learned many years ago. And, I like it because it’s very strong and easy to tie. Whether you’re fishing for crappie, bass, or even ice fishing, it’s a great, strong knot for all-things fishing.

Step 1. Thread the hook

Ok, we’re going to show you how to tie the palomar knot. We’re just using 10 lb. test mono line. Now, this knot works very well with braided lines, and I’ll show you why it’s a little easier with braided line in just a minute. 

But, basically, we’re going to have to take this line and double it over… about eight inches or so. We need to get this end – the double end – through the eye of the hook. So, we’ll try to press down… now, this is where it gets a little tricky with mono. So, to get this through the eye of this hook, and you can tell it’s a little bit difficult to do that. Sometimes, you’ve actually got to crimp this line. That’s not a good thing for line strength, so, I’m going to show you another way in just a minute. But, we slip that through the eye of the hook… it should look like this.

Now, there’s another way we can do this without having to crimp that line. We can just take this line and thread it through the eye of the hook. Now, we’ll just take this line and thread it right back through the way we came. Like I said, about eight inches or so should do the trick. This is what it will look like. Now, we’ve kept from having to crimp the line. This is a much better option. 

Step 2. Tie a simple overhand knot

Now, we’re just going to tie a simple overhand knot, like you’re going to start tying your shoes. Just a simple overhand knot. It’s going to look just like this. 

Step 3. Drop the hook through the loop

Before you cinch that knot all the way tight, you want to take this hook and drop it through the loop right here. So we’re going to take it and drop it through the loop. We’re going to begin to pull both ends of the line tight. 

Now, sometimes when you begin to pull this knot, this loop is going to try to get stuck under the eyelet of the hook. You just need to make sure it gets over the top of the hook before you pull tight.

Step 4. Pull tightly and trim

We’re going to take the ends and pull tightly. 

I’m going to take my clips and snip the tag end here, just to give you and idea of what it looks like. That’s what it’s going to look like when you’re finished. It’s a very, very strong knot. You can also moisten this before you pull tight. It reduces the friction and helps the knot cinch down tighter.

My Dad, when I was a kid… one of the first knots he showed me was the clinch knot. I used that for years. And then I came across the palomar knot. It’s the go-to knot for me. It’s very strong and it’s very easy to tie. And, hopefully, this is a knot you can use when you fish. And, we hope you put a hook N1.

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In this next video, learn how to tie the DOUBLE palomar fishing knot.

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(How to tie the double palomar knot video transcript)

Video #2: How to tie the double palomar knot

Hey everyone. You may have joined us earlier for the instructional video on how to tie the palomar knot.

In this video, we’re going to show you how to tie the double palomar knot. It’s great for braided line and for when you’re fishing heavy, thick cover. It’s just extremely strong and it’s only one extra step from the standard palomar knot. 

Step 1. Thread the eye of the lure

In this example, we’re going to use an actual lure. It’s a little bit easier to see the eye of the lure, as opposed to the smaller eye of a hook. So, we’re going to use this and just like with the standard palomar knot, we’re going to pass our line through the eye. And, then we’re going to take the end of this line and go back through the eye of the hook like this.

Step 2. Tie an overhand knot with two passes

And, tie a standard overhand knot, just like we did with the palomar knot, except when we do that this time, we’re going to actually make two loops through here. Through this loop, we’re going to go one loop, two loops. A standard overhand knot… two passes.

Step 3. Drop the lure through the loop

Pull it down a little bit so that your loop end is large enough for the lure to go through. And, then we’re going to take the lure and just drop it through the loop.

Step 4. Pull tightly and trim

At this point, it’s great if you can moisten that knot. It will pull tighter a lot easier. You’ll pull on both ends and then each end individually. Just pull tightly, and you see, that’s what we have. Now we’ll take our snips and clip that tag end. And there you have an extremely strong, double palomar knot. 

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fishing lessons with dad

Fishing Lessons Of Life

By the time I was old enough to say the word “fish,” my Dad was taking me fishing with him (yes, that’s us in the picture above).

And, those trips with Dad turned out to be much more than fishing lessons.

Fishing lessons = life lessons

Fishing was always something I considered fun. I loved the challenge of casting in just the right spot. I loved the feel of that first tug on the line. And, of course, who doesn’t love reeling in fish?

As I’ve gotten older, those memories of going fishing as a kid with my Dad have become even more special. That time with Dad doing a fun activity has impacted me in profound ways.

You see, he was teaching me about fish, different fish species, how to catch them, and how to tie fishing knots. But, I ended up learning principles that have become foundational in how I try to live my life, conduct business and relate with my own family.

Lesson #1: Good things don’t always come to those who wait

It’s no secret that fishing is a great way of learning patience. As a kid, if that bobber didn’t go under soon after I casted, I wanted to throw to another spot! Dad would tell me to be patient and just wait.

Of course, many times, my patience paid off and the fish would bite. But, I learned something else that was maybe even more important than patience.

Sometimes, it didn’t matter that we had a great fishing spot (no, I’m not telling you where). It didn’t matter what bait we were using. And it didn’t matter how long I waited. The fish just weren’t going to bite.

There’s more than just a fishing lesson here.

Sometimes you can give your best effort. You can do all the right things. You can even be extremely patient… and still not get the result you wanted.

That’s called life.

The question is, when you know you won’t get the result you were hoping for, will you do the right things anyway?

It’s a difficult question to answer and it’s even tougher to do. I’m thankful that there were times when the fish didn’t bite, so I could learn that lesson.

Lesson #2: You don’t drift back where you started

I loved going to the spot my Dad and I used to fish (no, I’m still not telling you where). There were just so many places along that creek bank to catch fish.

As I got older and graduated from the red and white round bobber (I still love it though), I would cast my lure to what looked like the perfect spot. Sometimes I’d catch fish, and of course, sometimes I wouldn’t.

But, there just always seemed like a better place ahead to try.

So, I walked a few steps and casted. Then I walked a few more and casted. Before long, I’d look back and realize that I had wandered far from where I first started. I was lost in the moment and couldn’t believe how far I’d gone.

I have learned that life provides you with many opportunities to “drift” in a similar way. Something catches your attention and you chase it. After all, it seems like such a great opportunity. Now, let me say here that I’m all about dreaming big and giving things your all. But, sometimes we are prone to chasing dreams at all costs. We sacrifice precious time with family and friends for the sake things that leave us empty in the end.

I’m learning that I don’t want to be that guy.

I’ve learned you have to be intentional about making sure you don’t drift too far from where you should be. You have to surround yourself with people who will tell you the truth about yourself, good or bad. And, you have to be willing to heed wise advice, even when it’s what you don’t want to hear. In doing so, you can prevent yourself from drifting too far from where you should be and save yourself a lot of heartache and from hurting those you love.

Going fishing with Dad is still helping me learn these lessons many years later.

Lesson #3: When you catch a big one… celebrate!

Catching fish is fun, no matter what size the fish. But, I’d be lying if I said catching a big fish isn’t just a little more fun! It’s amazing how just about anyone can muster up a big smile after they reel in a heavyweight. It makes the fun just a little more fun to celebrate.

Life gives us many reasons to be sad or upset. After all, bad things happen to good people. But, good things also happen to good people. So, just like when you catch a big fish, be sure to celebrate the good times in life!

Lessson #4: Always be prepared

Call me a neat freak or obsessive compulsive, but I hate a messy tackle box. The fishing supplies have to be organized.

The night before I knew we were going fishing, I would always be certain that all my fish hooks, fishing lures and supplies were neatly tucked away in their designated compartment. (Of course, after a day of fishing, they were right back to being unorganized!)

But, as orderly as I wanted things, I learned there’s one thing a neat tackle box can’t help you with… and that’s not having enough of the lure you need for that fishing trip.

Sometimes on a particular day, the fish just like what they like and nothing else. Hopefully, they like what you have in your tackle box. And, hopefully you have enough of it!

Don’t get me wrong, this is not about neat people being better than messy people. But, I’ve learned that doing your due diligence ahead of time is better than being unprepared.

This applies to just about anything. Of course, you can’t predict the future, and sometimes unexpected things can happen no matter how much you prepare. But, just like with fishing, be as prepared as you can possibly be in all situations. Something BIG just might happen!

Lesson #5: Control what you can control

When I was first learning to fish with Dad, I started with live bait and a fishing bobber. I would watch the bobber intently, hoping to see just the slightest movement or ripple in the water.

But, I am a competitor at heart, and sometimes I would sneak a peek over at my Dad’s bobber. It seemed that every time I did that, I would look back and mine would be nowhere to be found, with a fish on the line! (I guess if the fish aren’t biting, this is a viable strategy. But, I digress).

It’s easy for us to get distracted sometimes. We worry about what others are doing. We worry what they think of us. And, we try to fix others and make them who we think they should be. The problem is that when we do that, we put our focus on things we can’t control.

As I get older, I am learning that I can do very little to change other people. I can’t become exactly like someone else. God made one of me (and one of you). And, while it’s great to have role models and aspire to be strong in areas that others are, we must understand that we are uniquely made. We are custom designed. There will never be another one exactly like us.

So, don’t excuse your weaknesses. Work on them. But, also work to become better at your strengths. You will make much more progress on you than you ever will by trying to change others. And, who knows, you might inspire someone else to be a better them!

Don’t let the lessons end

With all the life lessons I’ve learned from fishing lessons with my Dad, it would be a shame to keep them all to myself. I am inspired to use teachable moments like these in the outdoors to impact the lives of my kids as well. I hope you do the same.

So, whether you hunt, fish or just love being in the outdoors, there are so many great lessons to be learned in the simplicity and wonder of the outdoors.

Oh, and Dad… thanks for taking me fishing.

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Bluegill Record Moment (almost)

It was on the very first day of summer that I would almost break the Texas state bluegill record at 2.02 pounds.

Is it a bass? No it’s a bluegill!

My dad and I had been fishing for about and hour and a half until finally he pulled up a bass. I picked up his rod to test it out. On the very first cast… I had a fish! I thought it was about a 3-pound bass, but when I flipped it into the boat I realized it was the biggest bluegill I had seen in my life! It weighed 2 pounds on the dot. So close to that state record bluegill!

– By Harrison Brandt

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