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Palomar Knot

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Palomar Knot Tying

Form a bight in the end of the line. Pass the bight through the eye of the hook. With the bight, tie an overhand knot. Pass the bight over the hook and down around the knot. Lubricate and pull the standing and tag ends to tighten the knot. Trim the tag end.

Palomar Knot Details

Uses: The Palomar Knot is a simple knot for attaching a line to a hook, or a fly to a leader or tippet. It is regarded as one of the strongest and most reliable fishing knots.

Tying it: After the loop is passed through the eye, an overhand knot is tied with the loop. The loop is then passed over the hook and tightened around the bight below the eye. The effect is that this leaves the hook free to rotate in the knot.

Alternative: Some descriptions show the final loop positioned against the shaft of the hook rather than pulled further down around the bight. This limits the hook's movement and the majority of experienced fishermen recommend the technique illustrated here.

Advantages: It is recommended for use with braided lines. With a little practice the Palomar is a knot that can be tied in the dark.

Disadvantages: When tying this knot, the fly or hook has to pass through the loop, which can be awkward and necessitates making the loop large enough.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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