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:
- Thread fishing line through the eyelet of the hook.
- Thread tag end of line back through the hook eyelet.
- 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!)
- Now, take the hook and insert it through the loop end of the line…
- 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!)
- Trim the tag end of the line and you’ve completed the 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.
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.
(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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In this N1 Minute, learn a trout fishing tip to help you catch more trout.
(Trout Fishing Tip video transcript)
Trout fishing tip
When it comes to fishing, you don’t want to just fish… you want to Put A Hook N1. We’ve got a tip to help you do just that. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.
Today we go to Fries, Virginia, to hear from Jessup Lambert, who’s got a tip to help you catch more trout.
Hey guys, on this week’s N1 Minute, we’ve got a few tips for you when it comes to trout fishing.
The trout lure
I’m going to focus on using the two-and-a-half inch Gulp Minnow… the Watermelon Pearl. Any kind works, but I prefer this one. My advice would be to hook it up with a drop shot, probably 8-10 inches. Use a size 6 hook, bait hook, it doesn’t matter which way.
How to fish it
Your best success can come from either throwing the Gulp Minnow upstream and retrieving it back toward you and letting it swim in the current. Usually, the drop shot will hold the minnow in place. It will almost turn around and look upstream, giving it a life-like feature.
If you cast downstream, I’d suggest a slow retrieval, that way it can do the same thing, and flutter in the current, giving it a life-like feature. And the trout tend to strike it when it stops moving. Generally, in 2-3 feet of water you’ll have your best success. I have fished it in lakes, bringing it across the bottom. You’ll have the same results. It doesn’t matter if it’s dingy or clear. I’ve had the same success with the Gulp Minnow.
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