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Knots for Terminal Tackle
Crawford - Palomar - Trilene® - Uni-Knot - Snell Knot

Crawford Knot
The Crawford knot often is overlooked by even the most skilled anglers. It is a very versatile knot for tying most types of hook, swivel, or lure "eyes" to a leader or line. The Crawford knot is not nearly so difficult to tie as it looks, and it makes a solid, firm connection. It is relatively easy to tie with excellent breaking strength.
1. Insert the line through the hook eye, leaving about eight inches for tying the knot. Bring the line end back around the standing part of the line to form a loop.
2. Now bring the line end under the standing part of the line, and over the two parallel lines, as shown.
3. The knot has formed a "figure 8." Bring the tag end of the line under the two parallel strands, then back over all three lines.
4. The knot is completed by tucking the tag end between the standing line and the front part of the loop. Pull the knot tight, slide it down and "jam" it against the hook eye and trim.
Palomar Knot — use with HI-Tech Line
My favorite knot and one of the easiest to tie. If you use it consistently you will be able to tie it blindfolded. It is one of the recommended knots to use with hi-tech lines (Spectra© and MicroDyneema®) for attaching terminal tackle and lures. Best of all it is rated as one of the strongest knots around.
1. Double about 4" to 5" of line and pass loop through eye.
2. Let hook hang loose and tie overhand knot in doubled line. Avoid twisting the lines and don't tighten knot.
3. Pull loop of line far enough to pass it over hook, swivel or lure. Make sure loop passes completely over this attachment.
4. Pull both tag end and standing line to tighten. Clip about 1/8".
Trilene® Knot
The Trilene Knot is an all-purpose connection to be used in joining monofilament to swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures. The knot's unique design and ease of tying yield consistently strong, dependable connections while retaining 85-90% of the original line strength. The double wrap of mono through the eyelet provides a protective cushion for added safety.
1. Run end of line through eye of hook or lure and double back through the eye a second time.

2. Loop around standing part of line 5 or 6 times.
3. Thread tag end back between the eye and the coils as shown.
4. Pull up tight and trim tag end.
Uni-Knot: — use with HI-Tech Line
One basic knot which can be varied to meet virtually every knot tying need in either fresh or salt water fishing. Use two (2) Uni-Knots to join monofilament backing and hi-tech line.
1. Run line through eye of hook, swivel or lure at least 6" and fold to make two parallel lines. Bring end of line back in a circle toward hook or lure.

2. Make six turns with tag around the double line and through the circle. Hold double line at point where it passes through eye and pull tag to snug up turns.
3. Now pull standing line to slide knot up against eye.
4. Continue pulling until knot is tight. Trim tag end flush with coils of knot. Uni-knot will not slip.
Snell Knot
The Snell Knot provides a strong connection when fishing with bait and using a separate length of leader. (You can only use a Snell Knot with a leader.)
1. Insert one end of the leader through the hook's eye extending one to two inches past the eye. Insert the other end of the leader through the eye in the opposite direction pointing toward the barb of the hook. Hold the hook and leader ends between thumb and forefinger of your left hand. Leader will hang below the hook in a large loop.
2. Take the part of this loop that is closest to the eye and wrap it over the hook shank and both ends of the leader toward the hook's barb.
3. Wrap for 7 or 8 turns and hold wraps with left hand. Grip the end of the leader that is through the eyelet with your right hand and pull it slowly and steadily. Hold the turns with your left hand or the knot will unravel. When knot is almost tight, slide it up against the eye of the hook. Grip the short end lying along the shank of the hook with a pair of pliers. Pull this end and the standing line at the same time to completely tighten the knot. Trim the tag end.
Albright - Blood - Crawford - Dropper Loop - Homer Rhode Loop - Palomar
Perfection Loop - Snell - Spider Hitch - Surgeon's - Trilene® - UniKnot
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