How to Tie the Best Lure Knot—the Palomar

Every fisherman should be able to tie the simple, strong Palomar

The Palomar, in all of its glory. Bryon Thompson

This is the most widely useful—and easiest—of all terminal knots used in freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing. It works well with both nylon monofilaments and superbraids. When you’re tying on a hook, swivel, snap, or most lures, the Palomar knot is less complicated and usually stronger than the more common improved clinch knot.

Step 1. Bryon Thompson

(1.) Extend about 6 inches of doubled line through the hook or lure eye.

Step 2. Bryon Thompson

(2.) Tie a loose overhand knot using the doubled line on either side of the eye. The hook itself will hang from the middle of the knot.

Step 3. Bryon Thompson

(3.) Pass the loop all the way over the hook (or snap, or lure). Lubricate the knot with saliva, then pull on the doubled line (but not the loop) to tighten. Trim closely with sharp clippers.

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