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Uni Knot, How To Tie

Welcome to The FinTalk Fishing Knots details page for tying the Uni 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 line to your fishing reel? How about tying two pieces of line together so that it is strong? If you have then you need to 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 nicely illustrated by master angler Geoff Wilson. To read information for the knot on this page and many other useful knots and rigs we certainly 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)


Uni Knot


This is a very versatile knot. A small loop can be left when fishing with a swimming plug to allow the lure greater action, two Uni knots can be used to join line, or the Uni knot can be formed around the hook shank to quickly snell a hook. If you don't have time to learn any other knot, learn this one. Use to Tie fly to tippet. Creates a sliding loop that can be left open or tightened against hook eye. The open loop on this knot lets nymphs and other subsurface flies "swim" in the water and bass bugs pop better.


The Uni Knot is a good alternative to the Improved Clinch. It is very reliable and very easy to tie. This is a good knot when it is getting dark or if your eye sight is less than perfect!

Fishing Knot Details
Knot Instructions
STEP 1. Take the end of your line and pass it through the eye of your terminal tackle, allowing about 6 inches of line after the eye. Double your line about three inches to make two parallel lines, then form a loop below the doubled lines.
STEP 2. Take the tag end of the line and pass it over the two pieces of line and back through the loop six to eight times. Snug up turns by carefully pulling the tag end.
STEP 3. This knot can be used two ways, depending on the presentation you want and the terminal tackle you are using. It can be cinched up tight to the eye or left above the eye to allow the terminal tackle to move freely. When a strike occurs, the knot will tighten down from the pressure. Either way, be sure the knot is solid and don't forget to trim the tag end.
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