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San Diego Knot

Learn to tie the San Diego Fishing Knot. Detailed instructions for learning how to master tying the San Diego Knot.

Welcome to The FinTalk Fishing Knots details page for tying the San Diego Knot. Follow the directions step by step and practice tying any particular knot over and over until you have it mastered. Learn it and practice it so when you are faced with changing lures or rigs in the middle of a hot bite you can quickly tie your knot and get your line back in the water. Sometimes the bite is only on for a little while so getting caught up with tying and re-tying rigs can cost valuable fish time. Remember not only should you be able to tie your knot fairly quick but you should be able to tie your fishing knot properly fairly quick. Nothing is worse than having what you know was a big daddy fish and losing him only to wind up your line to see your knot failed. It is enough to ruin your day, especially if the fishing is slow. So enjoy learning to tie these knots and for more detailed instructions check out "Fishing Knots and Rigs' by Geoff Wilson.

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Ever wondered how to tie a San Diegoknot? How about how-to attach two seperate pieces of line together properly or tie a Bimini Twist? If you have then check this book "The Complete Book of Fishing Knots & Rigs" written by Geoff Wilson. The book offers an extensive list of knots and rigs which have been brilliantly illustrated by master angler Geoff Wilson. To read information for the knot on this page and many other useful knots and rigs we strongly recommend that you purchase a copy of ' The Complete Book of Fishing Knots & Rigs'

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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)


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!

Fishing Knot Details
Knot Instructions
STEP 1. Run 6-10" of line through the eye of the hook or swivel and fold it back to make two parallel lines.
STEP 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.
STEP 3. Pass the tag end through the loop above the hook or swivel, then back through the loop caused by your finger.
STEP 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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