Surgeons knot
Surgeons knot for tying two pieces of line together Fishing Reports Saltwater fishing charters Saltwater Fishing
Saltwater Fishing - Tell your fishing buddies! Fishing classifieds Fishing forums fishing message boards
Angler of the Month!
Saltwater fishing award
saltwater fishing main menu
saltwater fishing reports FINTALK HOME
saltwater fishing ANGLER of the MONTH
fishing charters MARINE DIRECTORY
saltwater fishing resource FISHING CHARTERS
saltwater fishing resource ABOUT US
saltwater fishing resource CONTACT US
saltwater fishing resources menu
saltwater fishing resource MARINE WEATHER
  saltwater fishing image dot Buoy Data
saltwater fishing marine weather Marine Forecast
saltwater fishing resource REGULAR WEATHER
saltwater fishing resource TIDE PREDICTIONS
saltwater fishing resource SST CHARTS
saltwater fishing resource LUNAR TABLES
saltwater fishing resource FISHING ARTICLES
saltwater fishing resource FISHING REPORTS
saltwater fishing resource FISHING TIPS
saltwater fishing resource FISHING NEWS
saltwater fishing resource FISH IDENTIFICATION
saltwater fishing resource FISH and GAME
saltwater fishing resource CONSERVATION
saltwater fishing stuff
saltwater fishing resource FINTALK FIN FORUM
saltwater fishing resource FISHING CLASSIFIEDS
saltwater fishing resource FIN GALLERY
saltwater fishing resource FISHING KNOTS
saltwater fishing resource SITE MAP

Fishing Website Design, Marine Web Site Designs
Fishing Knots at Fintalk, The Sportsmens Site

Surgeon's Knot

Welcome to The FinTalk Fishing Knots details page for tying the Surgeon's 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.

fishing knots palomar fishing knot
Encyclopedia of Fishing Knots & Rigs
buy fishing knot books

Ever wondered how to tie an Albright knot? How about how-to attach a leader to your main line properly or tie a Bimini Twist?.. Then take a look at 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'

Fishing Knots Fishing Knots - BACK TO THE FISHING KNOT HOME PAGE

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)


Surgeon's Knot (Monofilament to Monofilament)


One of the quickest and strongest knots for joining leader material to line with unequal diameters. Some people get confused when looking at drawings of this simple knot because the drawings do not show the full leader length. Just remember to pass the end of the line and the whole leader through the loop twice. This Knot is used to attach tippet to the leader. It is widely used in freshwater trout fishing applications. Remember when using this knot that it will remain a strong knot if the step down in diameter does not exceed more than 30%. for instance, You can join a piece or 8lb. test(3x) with a piece of 6lb.test(4x). However you would not want something like 3x to 5x as the diameter difference is to great and will result in a very weak knot.


The Surgeon's Knot is a knot also used for attaching two pieces of monofilament together. It is a very fast and easy knot to tie and is usually preferred more than the blood knot. This is a great knot for joining two pieces of monofilament that are greatly different in diameter. When you are building a tapered leader, tied correctly, this knot is generally stronger than the blood knot. Very quick and easy knot for attaching 4X-5X-6X-7X tippet to each other. You can do this one in the dark.

Fishing Knot Details
Knot Instructions
STEP 1. The main line should come in from the left and the line to be attached should come from the right. Overlap the two pieces approximately 6 or so inches.
STEP 2. Pinch the overlapped lines together on the left between your thumb and index finger. Do the same with the sections on the right and make a loop by crossing it over itself. Take the long and short lines that are in your right hand and pass them through the formed loop. around, and back through a second time.
STEP 3. Pull both pieces being held in each hand away from each other closing the knot. Moisten and pull tight. Once this not is secure you can tighten it further by pulling individual pieces. I would not recommend this knot for line over 30lbs because it will be hard to tighten and the strength of the knot will only be there if tightened all the way.
A TIP: Mono line should be moistened (water or spittle) before closing the knot to keep down friction heat that can weaken the line, also never tug on a knot too much to "test it", it makes no sense put 10 pounds of strain on an 8 pound line!

Go Back 1

Fishing Knots

Home ADVERTISE Forum Charter Boats