Palomar Knot

Is the palomar knot the best fishing knot? That's debatable, but it is definitely one of the strongest and most reliable fishing knots. It's also one of the easiest knots to learn to tie. The palomar knot is most commonly used with braid, but can be used with other types of fishing line as well.

Use Cases For The Palomar Knot

The palomar knot is an excellent fishing knot for attaching fishing line to the end of hooks, swivels, snaps, sinkers, and anything else that features an eye.

How To Tie A Palomar Knot

  1. Pass the end of the line through the eye of the hook. Pull the line past the eye and then pass the end of the line back through the eye in the opposite direction. Your line should now be doubled up.
    • With braided fishing line, you can often double up your line before passing it through the eye, but other fishing lines like fluorocarbon can get damaged when folding the fishing line to pass it through the eye.
  2. Take the folded end and loop it around the standing line, but don't pull it tight yet. This is just a simple overhand knot.
  3. Next create a loop at the folded end and pass the whole hook through.
  4. Wet the knot, and pull on both standing parts of the line to cinch the knot down tight.
    • To save a little bit of fishing line, you can pull on just the main standing end until it's almost tight and then pull the two standing ends to finish tightening. This will save you a few inches of line each time, which can add up if you retie often!
  5. Clip the loose end near the knot, leaving about a 1/4 inch. And that's it, you've just learned the palomar knot!