Meetings are held the first Monday of each month
The Palomar Knot
Start by doubling your line and passing it through the eye of the hook or split ring. Next tie a simple over hand knot with the looped
end around the main line. Now pass the loop over the hook or lure and flip the loop up over the main line and tag end. Finally pull the tag
end slowly after you’ve wet the line with saliva or water until the knot cinches down. When you pass the doubled line through the eyelet make sure
the main line and tag end are straight and not criss-crossed before you tie your overhand knot. When you tie the overhand
knot, don’t snug it down on the eye. Just get it close and then pass the big loop over the lure. Then when you go to cinch the tag end and
knot down, you won’t cause so much friction on your line, which can weaken the line and your knot.
The Improved Clinch
Start by passing your line through the eye of the hook or lure. Next wrap the tag end up the main line at least 5 times, 7 is better.
Next take the tag end and pass it through the small opening in the line under your first wrap near the eye of the hook and bring it
back up through the loop that is now formed at the top of the knot. This is what helps improve the cinching of the knot so it won’t
sleep as easily. Then slowly pull the tag end tight after you wet the line to cinch the knot down. This knot is always tightening on itself.
If you cut too much tag end off, you can run the risk of the tag end slipping into the knot itself and unraveling or breaking. It’s
better to leave a 1/16-inch or more tag on this knot. You can double the line before tying the knot and do the same thing to make
it more slip resistant.
The Trilene Knot
Pass the tag end through the eye of the hook, make a very small loop and pass it through again, then wrap your tag end up the line
5-7 times, then pass the tag end through the double loop you created at the beginning of the knot and pull the tag end tight on
moistened line. This gives you a double wrap around the eye for better wear and snugness. It will take a little practice to loop it
through the eyelet twice and then get the tag end back through there after your wraps.
The Uni Knot
Start by passing the line through the eyelet and running the tag end parallel to the main line. Now loop it around and start wrapping
the tag end around itself and the mainline back down towards the eyelet 7 times. Next take the tag end and run it back up through the
loop created at the top of the knot. Wet the knot and slowly pull it tight by pulling the tag end and then the tag and mainline together
and then the mainline by itself. The Uni knot is very versatile. It can be modified to join two lines together, double to make it twice as strong and
even used with the shank of a hook to snell a knot onto a flipping hook.
The San Diego Jam Knot
and then the mainline by itself with tightening the knot by pulling on the tag end and main line together and separate and focus on
keeping your wraps in line and snug.
The Snell Knot
The key to this knot is entering the tag end into the eyelet the right direction. Hold the hook shank so that the hook point is facing up.
You want to pass the lined down into the eyelet from the same side that the hook point is on. This is what causes the kickout. Next run
the lined down along the shank and then curl it back around so that you have a loop like a uni knot. Then run your wraps inside the loop around
the shank and your parallel line, down the shank. If the hook has a keeper you have to do it in a small area above the keeper.
It’s important to manage your wraps as you go. Try to get at least 5 wraps in if you can. When you get to the bottom of your wraps.
You will have to readjust your hold on the knot so that you can pull the mainline to tighten the knot and work your wraps together evenl
with no crossing. The key is to knot overlap your wraps and keep them in order. It will take you a little bit to learn to pinch the top loop and
wrap the tag end inside the loop. Then adjust and hold your wraps as you pull the main line to tighten it.
The Rapala Loop Knot
The first thing to do is tie a half knot about 3 inches up from your tag end. Start making the knot by passing the tag end through
the eyelet, then through the open half hitch you started with. Then wrap up the line 3-5 times. Finally pass the tag end back through
the half hitch. Then slowly cinch your wraps and half hitch together to secure the knot. You can control how big your loop is by how
small you make it when you pass your line back up through the half hitch after going through the eyelet. The key is to make it small
because it will slip a little larger as you tighten the half hitch and the wraps together.
The Slip Knot
Start by passing the tag end through the eyelet and then running it parallel to the mainline and then doubling it back down to form
big loop. Next wrap the double-lined loop around the mainline 5 times. Then grab the tag end and pass it through the top of the loop
at the top of your wraps. Slowly pull the moistened knot tight by pulling the tag end. Then pull both tag and mainline together and
then just the main line to tighten it all the way. You may hear an infamous click when you pull this knot tight. That’s actually what
you’ll come to expect when you tie it right.
The Arbor Knot
Wrap the line around the spool and then tie a half hitch around the main line. You are tying a half hitch with the tag end itself, the
mainline just happens to be through it. So the mainline is not included in the half hitch per se. Then tie another half hitch to the very
end of the line. Pull the half hitch around the main line tight and slide it down on the spool. Now pull the main line until the half hitch
at the end of the line jams up against the other half hitch. Pull it just enough where the line starts to stretch, then release and it
should be locked on the spool. Grab the tag end of line on the spool. With your other hand run a finger under the line still on the spool
and follow it around until you’re back around to the tag end. Now pass the tag end under and tie a half hitch with just the tag end
around the main line. Pull the knot tight. Now grab the tag end and pull it tight as you rotate the spool. If you are rotating it the
right way it will walk down the spool and the line will snug up.