How to Tie a Palomar Knot
  1. Loop roughly 6 inches of line together to form a big loop
  2. Thread the loop through the hole you want to tie a palomar knot on
  3. Tie an overhand knot with your doubled line without cinching it tight
  4. put your hook/lure through the loop that you make
  5. pull tight and trim leftover line

Pros of learning how to tie a palomar knot

  • Easy Knot that works well it almost all situations.
  • Generally considered stronger than the fisherman’s knot aka Improved cinch
  • Considered by many anglers to be the best fishing knot in a variety of situations and with a variety of line types
  • considered to be the best knot for many types of baitcaster line

How to tie a palomar knot (expanded instructions)

1. loop about 6 inches of fishing line together to form a big loop-

If you are short on line and have a small hook you can make it a shorter amount of line that you double up in the beginning but I always use at least 6 inches to make it easy to tie.

2. Thread the loop through the hole you want to tie a palomar knot on-

Some anglers prefer to thread one end of the line through the hole six inches. Then make a loop and come back to put the line back through the hole. I prefer to double up the line before I make the knot but if that seems awkward for you you can thread one at a time. Tie an overhand knot with your doubled line without cinching it tight

3. Tie an overhand knot with your doubled line without cinching it tight-

You want to make sure you hook is about halfway in between your double line when you tie this knot. The reason you leave it “loose” is so you can feed your hook or lure through the eye of the loop. With very large lures you may need to use more than 6 inches of line in step 1.

4. put your hook/lure through the loop that you make-

This is the step that can be confusing if you are just learning this knot. It can also be the step you forget if you have used this knot in the past but its been awhile. The only time this can be a deal breaker is with huge lures where you don’t feel comfortable wasting so much line on step 1.

5. pull tight and trim leftover line-

with some lines it is necessary to wet it (generally saliva works great) in order to really cinch it down tight. Necessary may be to strong of a word but it can certainly be helpful. If I am alone I always do this step. If my mother in law is with me I might skip it 😉

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