Basic fishing knots for beginners

When it comes to tying fishing knots there is a lot of various knots to learn and tie. But in reality, you will only ever use a handful. To help you in your fishing journey I’ve compiled a few knots that you will ever need.

In my opinion, we can categories these knots into two categories. One, tying knots to either hooks, swivels or sinkers. Two, tying a leader line to your mainline or joining any two lines together.

Below under these two categories, I’ve put together a few instructional guides to help you out.


Tying knots to hooks, swivels and sinkers.

Clinch Knot


Locked Half Blood Knot


Uni Knot


Tying knots to leader lines and joining any two lines together.

FG (Fine Grip) Knot


Blood Knot


Al-bright Knot

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14 thoughts to “Basic fishing knots for beginners”

  1. One of my favorite topics, fishing knots! As a fly fisherman long ago I had learned a few really great knots, and a reminder like this makes me want to get back at it. The locked half blood knot was always my go-to. This is a pretty easy knot but highly effective I found. The blood knot works well too. All in all these knots all look like they will get the job done, so it’s really a matter of preference I suppose. I really enjoyed your post and I’m looking forward to reading more of them, well done!

    1. Hi Prentrental,

      Yes! an enthusiastic fishermen like myself. Thanks for dropping by leaving a comment. Always appreciate a good feedback ๐Ÿ™‚



  2. I’m really happy to have found your site. I used to go fishing with my dad all the time and I didn’t think people did it anymore. I actually never knew how to tie any knots, my dad always did it so it was really interesting to learn how on your site. How long have you been fishing? Do you have any memories with fishing? 

    1. Hi Marlo,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Like yourself I started fishing with my dad when I was roughly 10 years old and since than haven’t stopped.

      There have been plenty of exciting fishing memories from my childhood and some not so much. But overall I love fishing and look forward to doing this well into the future with my kids ๐Ÿ™‚



  3. I did not realize how many different ways there are to tie knots but now I know. They say knowledge is power and this is a testament to how true that is. Reading your website has really caught my interest in fishing and I plan on connecting with friends who do. How cool would it be to really connect with them on rod, knot etc knowledge. I will be back soon!

    1. Hi Elviz,

      That’s awesome news, I’m glad my articles can help you out and especially get you into fishing ๐Ÿ™‚



  4. Thank goodness I learned macrame in the 70s – this actually made sense to me!  LOL

    I loved the clear, easy to follow diagrams.  I can’t imagine any of these knots slipping or coming apart.

    When you say “lubricate”, what do you use?  Or are we talking about good old spit?

    Very informative article – thank you!

    1. Hi Feochadan,

      Thanks for taking the time and leaving a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hahaha yes good old spit is what i meant when i said lubricate.



  5. Thank you for this great guide to tying knots. I thought the pictures you gave were very easy to understand. I will have to try the knot from the first picture because that looks like the simplest kind. I never really used a knot like that before, I just used some variations of sailing knots that my dad told me about. Great article and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. Hi Edward,

      Thank you for leaving some feedback and I’m really glad you found the diagrams quite easy to understand. Sailing knots, that’s quite interesting. It isn’t something I’ve done my research on but would love to know more!

  6. I remember fishing as a child and wish I knew these knots at the time. Loosing anchors and lures was no fun. It is nice to see the different items at the bottom for further research than just the knots. I love the diagrams for tieing the knots. It took me my second time reading to see the specific knots for each type of hook swivel and sinkers. 

    1. Airplane Jane,

      Thanks for the awesome feedback and i’m happy you guys are finding these posts quite useful and easy to understand.

  7. Hello this is a very good post that you have written here. I used to go fishing with my dad and I never really had a problem with the fishing knot because my dad always did it. Now he’s not here and I need to fix my knot myself. It’s very good to see that you can teach not just one but four steps on how to tie the knot. Which of these do you consider the easiest for a beginner like me

    1. Hi Henderson,

      As always thanks for leaving a comment and dropping by. As a beginner I would advise on using the clinch knot. To tie your hooks, swivels and sinkers. It’s what I grew up using and to this day I’m still using the knot.

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