How to tie a Pitzen Knot

The Pitzen knot, invented by Edgar Pitzenbauer of Germany is easy to tie with a little practice, and results in a knot the retains 95-100% of the tippet’s rated strength as opposed to 65% for a Clinch knot. The Pitzen knot is also smaller by about 40%.

How to tie a Pitzen Knot

  1. Feed tag end through hook eye and bring back up along standing line, making sure that the tag end crosses behind standing line. Keep this crossover pinched between thumb and index finger.
  2. Wrap tag end around the double line, moving toward hook eye.
  3. Make 2 more wraps for a total of 3.
  4. Bring tag end back up through the first loop that was formed when first wrap was made.
  5. Moisten knot and snug lightly by pulling on tag end. Draw knot down to hook eye by pulling the main standing line and holding the hook. When this knot is tied and tightened correctly, a click or “pop” will be felt.
  6. Finished knot. Trim tag end to complete.

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)