How to Tie a Fishing Lure?

Angling is a vast topic even for the most experienced anglers. No angler can claim they know everything about angling, a 100%. Pretty much everything, yeah, maybe, but there is so much to explore in the water and the beings abiding there that you learn something new during every angling attempt. As a beginner, the topic turns all the more gigantic, and with much learning and constant experiences, the caliber changes.

Eventually, you learn and gather knowledge on the uncertainty and tackle it, like what worked with the bass will not work with the carp. When it is about fishing, the topic of lures and using them to their full potential comes to the forefront.

So, amidst the vast subject of angling, here we will talk about the fishing lures, specifically about how to tie a fishing lure through knots made with the fishing line.

Fishing Lure, Lines, And The Knots

The lure you put at the end of the line decides whether you will succeed. And if so, to which extent. Even if you are successful in luring the biggest of fishes, if the fishing line and lure cannot hold it, and the fish takes away your fishing lure, breaking the line, all your hard work and techniques will go to waste.

So, first, invest in some high-quality monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braided fishing lines accordingly and learn and practice how to tie the line to the lure firmly but easily. Making things easier for you, we have five knots to share. We will explain how to connect the mainline to the fishing lure through these knots, one by one, right below.

How to Tie a Fishing Lure
  • Save

Knot #1 – How to Tie a Lure with The Clinch Knot

We had to start with the most basic, which is a great knot, by the way, but not powerful enough for giant brutes, sometimes. We are talking about the clinch knot. To tie a fishing lure to the line with a clinch knot-

  • Pass the tag end through the eyelet of the fishing lure.
  • Stop when you have passed the end for about 6-12 inches.
  • Now you have to wrap the tag end around the mainline.
  • If your line is thick, wrapping 4-5 times will do; otherwise, wrap it around at least 7-8 times.
  • Before you start wrapping the tag end to the fishing line, make sure to keep a little space so that the tag end and mainline create a loop.
  • When you have wrapped the tag end 4 or 8 times, depending on the line’s thickness, take the tag end through the loop you created next to the eyelet.
  • Make fair use of your saliva to lubricate and soften the line, then pull the hook with one hand and the mainline with the other.

You have tied your lure to the mainline through the clinch knot. To keep it neat and clean, cut off the tag end excess. Do not hesitate to trim closer as the knot is strong enough to stay hinged. Heads up, use this knot only with monofilament. This knot doesn’t work at all with the braided line.

Knot #2 – How to Tie a Lure with The Improved Clinch Knot

We had already hinted about the clinch knot not being strong enough and might fail to grab hold of the fighter fishes. Therefore, the experts added an extra step to the simple clinch knot and developed a more robust, more effective, and improved version. To tie your lure with the improved clinch knot, you will have to follow all the steps you need to tie a clinch knot. So, let’s revise the clinch knot, shall we?

How to Tie a Lure with The Improved Clinch Knot
  • Save

  • Insert the tag end through the eye of the lure and create a loop.
  • Wrap the tag end to the mainline 4-5 times
  • Take the end through the created loop from the front. From the front, not the back, please note.
  • When you insert the tag end to the loop, it creates another loop with the wrapped portion.
  • Take the tag end through that second loop you created by taking it through the first loop.
  • Now pull the tag end slowly to tighten the knot.
  • Finally, pull the hook and the mainline together to finish your improved clinch knot.
  • Do not forget to moisten the knot before pulling for smooth tightening and avoiding friction. Also, remember to trim off the excess.


Knot #3 – How to Tie A Lure With The Rapala Fishing Knot

Rapala loop knot is one of the strongest fishing knots to tie the lure to the fishing line. It creates a non-slip knot at the end of the line, thus strong and ensures more action while handling the water brutes. Most of the anglers prefer this knot while catching the fishes because it hardly fails. To tie a fishing lure to the line with the solid Rapala fishing knot-

  • Take your fishing line and tie an overhand knot. For the overhand knot, take the tag end and cross it over the mainline. Take it through the loop and pull it, and you have your overhand knot.
  • Make sure you have created the overhand knot 5-6 inches above the tag end, which means you will need 5-6 inches of tag end for tying the lure to the fishing line.
  • Insert the tag end through the eyelet of the lure. Stop when the eyelet and overhand knot is at a 2-3 inches’ distance.
  • Now take the tag end through the overhand knot. The 2-3 inches of the line you left will, now, create a loop in between the eyelet and the overhand knot.
  • Hold the tag end and wrap it through the mainline 5-6 times and take the end through the overhand knot from the back.
  • At this point, the step might seem a little complex to you. But trust us, it’s not. Notice that taking it through the overhand knot has created another loop. After taking the end through the overhand knot, take the tag end through that newly created loop.
  • Pull the tag end tightly, then pull the lure and the main fishing line to tighten the knot and, of course, trim the excess for a neat knot. And you have your fishing line tied to the lure through the very reliable Rapala Loop Knot.

Knot #4 – How to Tie a Lure With The Palomar Knot

Palomar knot has to be the quickest knot to tie the lure and the line. It’s as if you started and finished tying the knot in the same step. Palomar knot works the best with braided fishing line and creates the strongest knot in the most quick-and-easy way possible.

How to Tie a Lure With The Palomar Knot
  • Save

  • Take your braided fishing line and double it up. Basically, you have to make a loop to pass the line through the eyelet.
  • Here strikes the overhand knot once again, but you are tying it with a double line this time.
  • Hold the loop, cross it over the mainline, and while doing that, make sure there are double lines on the opposite side of the loop as well.
  • Bring the newly created loop through the loop created in the previous step.
  • Take the loop all the way over the lure and tighten the knot by pulling the lure and the mainline.
  • Trim of the excess and get ready for catching the brutes well-prepared.

Knot #5 – How to Tie a Lure with The Double Uni Knot

We kept the most complicated and different use of a knot for the last. It is the best because it allows you to use two completely different fishing lines and keeps them tied no matter how strongly the sea brute is pulling your fishing lines to get the lure. You can take the same length of braid fishing line and monofilament fishing line or take the braid and fluorocarbon combo and tie them through the double uni knot. To tie the two types of fishing line to the lure, perform the following steps-

  • Take 10-11 inches of the two fishing lines you are willing to tie together for stronger angling performance in the sea.
  • Work with the braided line first. Consider it as the leading or top line this time.
  • Create a loop with the tag end of the braided fishing line. Make sure the other line is in the middle of the leading line.
  • Hold the tag end and wrap it around the mono or fluorocarbon fishing line 4-5 times.
  • Pull the fishing line tight, moisten it well while tightening it for a strong, friction-free pull.
  • You are done with one knot. Time for the other, and this time the mono or fluoro will be the leading line.
  • Grab the tag end and create a loop the same way as the last time and make sure this time the braided line is in the middle.
  • Wrap the mono- fluoro line to the braided line 4-5 times, and then pull the line tight to create the knot.
  • Now hold the lines from both sides and pull them tightly after proper lubrication. The two knots will slowly tighten and turn into one big double uni knot.
  • Cut off the tag end excess to make it one neat fishing line.
  • To tie these two different lines connected through the double uni knot with the lure, you can try any of the knots explained above. The best will be either Palomar or Rapala. You know the method, so the choice is entirely yours.

Final Words

At one time, knowing about every possible part of a fishing rod and the units attached to it was no less than a nightmare. And now you know five different ways to tie your fishing lure. Practice them all very well to use them in varied water conditions and fishes accordingly.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap