Two of my favorite and two of the most practical knots in fishing are the Palomar and the Uni-knots. I’ve never lost a fish to a properly tied Palomar or Uni-knot. In fact, I have seen snap swivels and hooks straighten before the Palomar knot failed. Plus the Palomar is one of the easiest knots to tie, and with a little practice you can tie it in complete darkness. If you can make an overhand loop in some fishing line, you can tie this knot!! The key to the knots strength (my opinion) is the fact that you double the line before tying the knot. That means that even if the knot is only 90% as strong as your main line, the line will break before the knot will.
The Uni-knot is an exceptional knot because it is so versatile; it can be used to attach terminal tackle, but more importantly, it can be used to join two lines together. Although I have used the Uni-know to attach swivels and lures directly to the line, I use this knot almost exclusively for joining lines together. This is a great for adding a heavier leader to the main line. When fishing Pedasi we usually attach a 50 or 60# leader to our 25 or 30 # main line. We will also use the Uni-knot to add backing to some of our smaller reels. When using 20# tackle it’s imperative to have sufficient line capacity to allow for the long runs Tuna and Wahoo are known for. To accomplish this on smaller framed reels, we add 100 to 200 yards of braid backing to the main line. However, you can do the opposite as well. When using braid as the main line for its sensitivity, low stretch and thin diameter, its imperative that you add a “top shot” of mono line to add a little stretch to prevent pulled hooks.
STEP 1 – Double about 1/4″ of line and pass through the loop through the eye of the hook.
STEP 2 – Let hook hang loose and tie overhand knot in doubled line. Avoid twisting the lines and don’t tighten knot.
STEP 3 – Pull loop of line far enough to pass it over hook, swivel or lure. Make sure loop passes completely over this attachment.
STEP 4 – Pull both tag end and standing line to tighten. Clip about 1/8″.
STEP 1 – Overlap ends of two lines of about the same diameter for about 6″.
Take one end, and form the Uni-Knot circle, crossing the two lines about midway of the overlapped distance.
STEP 2 – Tie the Uni-Knot, making six turns around the two lines (leaving the loop free).
STEP 3 – Pull the tag end to form a snug knot tight around the line.
STEP 4 – Use the loose end of the overlapped line to tie another Unit-Knot as shown above and pull snug.
STEP 5 – Pull the two standing lines in opposite directions to slide the knots together. Pull as tightly as possible and snip ends close to nearest coil.
STEP 1 – Run at least six inches of line through the eye of the hook, swivel, or lure, and fold to make two parallel lines. Bring the tag end of the line back in a circle toward the hook or lure.
STEP 2 – Make six turns with the tag end around the double line and through the circle. Hold the double line at the point where it passes through the eye, and pull the tag end to snug up the turns.
STEP 3 – Hold the double line at the point where it passes through the eye, and pull the tag end to snug up the turns.
STEP 4 – To create a snug knot: Pull the standing line to slide the knot up against the eye. Then continue pulling until the knot is tight. Trim the tag end flush with the closest coil on the knot.
STEP 1 – Overlap about 12 inches of the ends of two lines. Form a Uni-Knot circle with the tag end of line “A.”
STEP 2 – Wrap line “A” five times to form a Uni-Knot around line “B.”
STEP 3 – Snug the knot by gently pulling on both ends of line “A” with enough tension to close the wraps, but not so tight that it actually grips line “B.”
STEP 4 – Form a new Uni-Knot circle with the tag end of line “B” and wrap line “B” five times to form a Uni-Knot around line “A.” (Use only four turns for 60-, 80-, or 100-pound-test monofilament.)
STEP 5 – Gently pull line “B” with one hand and line “A” with the other to slide the two Uni-Knots together until they jam–then pull tight. Then tighten the wraps around the standing lines by firmly pulling the tag ends of each Uni-Knot. Snip the tag ends.
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