How to tie a Palomar Knot

A popular and easy to tie knot for small terminal tackle connections. It is one of the few recommended knots for use with braided lines. There are a few knots that you should learn to help make your fishing more secure. The Palomar is one of the easier ones.

The Palomar Knot is quick to tie and sufficiently strong for most fishing situations. It is a general-purpose connection used in joining fishing line to swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures. The double wrap of line through the eyelet provides a protective cushion for added knot strength, and is ideal for use with braided lines.

How to tie a Palomar Knot

  1. Double the line and form a loop three to four inches long. Pass the end of the loop through the hook’s eye.
  2. Holding standing line between thumb and finger, grasp loop with free hand and form a simple overhand knot.
  3. Pass hook through loop and draw line while guiding loop over top of eyelet.
  4. Pull tag end of line to tighten knot snugly and trim tag end to about 1/8 inch.

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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)