How to tie a Rapala Knot

The Rapala Knot is popular method to tie a lure to a line such that it can move freely and unimpeded by the knot. Essentially the same as the Non Slip Mono Loop, the knot has one more step in it’s making. Whether this makes it more secure is still up to debate. It does make it slightly more difficult to tighten down neatly, but with practice can be done. You should know how to tie one or the other for the occasions that you want your bait to swim more naturally.

Originally developed for use with Rapala brand plugs, this loop knot allows maximum action. The Rapala Knot is a non-slip loop knot that retains 95% of line strength. Leader to lure or fly to allow movement of lure This knot is a great way to give your plug or fly the ability to move on your leader.

How to tie a Rapala Knot

  1. Tie an overhand knot before feeding the line through the eye of the lure.
  2. Feed the working end(tag)through the eye of your lure and then through the loop you created when you created the overhand knot.
  3. Make three(3) wraps around the line.
  4. Now bring the line back through the overhand knot loop again but do not pull tight. Leave some slack as you will bring the tag back through this slack loop.
  5. Now feed the tag through this slack loop and pull tight with steady pressure.
  6. Bait up and catch fish!

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)