I’m sure everyone has heard the saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Settle down to all the feline lovers out there, it’s just a saying. But the point is that no matter what you do in life, there is always more than one way to do it.
But of course, everyone online is considerate and open-minded to another’s opinion, Right?? Ya right!
The world of fishing is certainly no different, but many anglers get overwhelmed by the variety of opinions on “must-know knots”. But I’m going to offer two fishing knots that should be considered the basics and will get many facets of fishing done well.
I will preface this list with the fact that these are knots that I consider easier to learn at first, but not necessarily the most refined for the job. Maybe we will do an advanced-knots list too.
The basic fishing chores that I will deem essential are as follows:
- Tying a leader or line to a hook or lure
- Connecting a short (3 to 5 feet) leader to your mainline, mono or braid
1) The Uni KnotThe Uni knot is one of the most versatile knots in fishing. I use it very often in many types of fishing. It is easier to learn than some and cinches down easier, even with heavier leader sizes up to 125#. Usually, beyond 100#, I crimp, but it’s nice to know you can tie the heavier stuff in a pinch.
The Uni knot is perfect for tying a hook or lure to your line or leader. One variation can be used to make a sliding loop knot.2) The Double Uni
The beauty of this knot is that you already learned it above. The Double Uni is just that, a combination of two uni knots tied in overlapping lines that then slide down and jam against each other creating a really easy and very strong connection between the two lines or line and leader. This is also the preferred quick knot for tying a short leader to braided mainline. The only negative is that it is a little bulky compared to more advanced knots like the FG. That is why I say it is better for shorter leaders as you don’t plan on having the knot on the reel for casting or plinking through the guides while fighting a fish. It can be reeled on no problem, just not as smoothly as others.