How to tie a Longliner’s Knot

The longliner’s knot is primarily used to attach a hook line to a continuous heavy main line and ensures that it will not slip up or down the line.

How to tie a Longliner’s Knot

  1. Begin by making a loop in the heavier mainline and passing the leader through, and around one side of that loop.
  2. Wind the leader down one side of the loop three times counter clockwise, then back up the other side clockwise, so that the tag and leader emerge from opposite sides at the apex of the loop.
  3. Pull the wraps tightly, reducing the size of the loop. Then encircle the leader with the leader tag.
  4. Encircle the leader with the tag a secong time before passing the tag back through the center to form a sliding knot.
  5. Close the sliding knot by pulling on the leader tag.
  6. Take the heavier mainline loop in one hand and the lighter leader in the other and pull till the sliding knot is down on the apex of the loop in the heavier line.
  7. Gripping the mainline either side of the loop pull the loop apart so that the leader knot locks down firmly onto the mainline.

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Knot Tying Terminology

  • Butt: The thick part of the leader. The butt of a leader is attached to the fishing line.
  • Tag or Tag End: The working end, the part of the line where the knot is tied.
  • Standing Part: The main part of the line that is fixed and under tension. Such as the part of line that is on the reel.
  • Standing End: The short area at the end of the standing part of the line.
  • Working End: The part of the line used actively in tying a knot. The opposite of the standing end.
  • End: A loop is a closed curved line, formed by bringing the tag end back and alongside the standing part, or a knot that creates a loop.
  • Tippet: The end of a leader to which the lure is attached. The tippet can be the end of a leader or an added line to the end of a leader.
  • Turns or Wraps: A turn or wrap is one complete revolution of line around another.
  • Overhand Knot: The foundation for many other knots. (A Granny Knot before it is pulled tight)