How to tie a San Diego Knot

As the name implies, this knot was popularized in San Diego, California. Often used by fishermen chasing the tuna on long range boats in Mexican waters, this knot can be tied quickly, especially if tied to a heavy lure such as the “iron” jigs thrown to the tuna. It is also now being used with braided lines and has become popular with fishermen going after Peacock Bass in South America with 30-50 pound test braids. This high test knot (95% when tied properly) can be used on many line sizes, with the number of turns decreasing as the line test increases.

This knot is fast becoming one of our favorites due to it’s strength. It’s a little complicated at first, especially with heavier lines, but well worth the effort to learn. Try it and let us know what you think!

How to tie a San Diego Knot

  1. Run 6-10″ of line through the eye of the hook or swivel and fold it back to make two parallel lines.
  2. Holding both lines in your hand, wrap the tag end around your finger and begin wrapping the tag end around the two parallel lines back towards the loop. Use 5-6 spiral wraps.
  3. Pass the tag end through the loop above the hook or swivel, then back through the loop caused by your finger.
  4. Wet the knot, then pull the tag and main lines together to form the knot. Carefully draw the knot down to the hook or swivel.

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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)