How to tie a Safety Pin Knot

This knot is tied with the aid of a small safety pin, hence the name “Safety Pin Knot”

How to tie a Safety Pin Knot

  1. Thread the line through the swivel on the leader then through the eye of a small safety pin.
  2. Use the safety pin to draw the tag into a loop.
  3. Wrap it around the main line.
  4. Make three wraps then thread the safety pin through the first wrap on the swivel and close the knot.
  5. Tension the knot by pulling on the tag, NOT the loop, against the main line.
  6. Then trim off the tag and the loop on the safety pin.

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)