How to tie a Penny Knot

This excellent method of attaching a kook or fly is named after noted fly fisher Ron Penny.

How to tie a Penny Knot

  1. Thread the eye of the hook and form a loop. Keep the tag end firmly in the left hand.
  2. Put the index finger under and behind the line and place finger into loop.
  3. Rotate the index finger one and a half times, stopping at the bottom of the second rotation.
  4. Poke the thumb of the same hand into the loop next to the index finger.
  5. Grab the tag that was prebviously stabalised by the left hand and pull through the loop.
  6. Pull toght after lubricating the nylon with saliva.

Video Instructions

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)