A great universal and multipurpose knot is the uni knot - the name says it all! It’s probably the most common and one of the most reliable knots, and when it comes to fishing, tying reliable knots can save you the heartache of losing a big fish.
This knot can be used in a wide variety of situations when it comes to fishing. Here’s a couple of popular uses for it:
Before you start there’s a bit of lingo you’ll need to know. The end of your trace line that threads through hooks/sinkers/lures is called the “tag end”.
Now it's time to give it a crack.
Go grab yourself some leader line and a big hook or swivel and follow these steps and refer to the video as well.
One of the challenges with learning new knots is finger placement, so watch this aspect carefully. It may feel funny at first but after you've tied 100 rigs it'll be second nature!
Pass the tag end of the trace line through the eye of the hook/swivel/lure.
Pull through the line and lay it out so it’s alongside the other line and there’s approximately 20 cm of doubled up line (the photo only shows some of the line - the rest is being held in Tony's left hand). This gives you plenty of line to work with.
With your left thumb and forefinger hold both strands of line about 10 cms from the hook end.
Gently hold the hook/swivel in the palm of you right hand. This way your fingers will be free to help make a loop with the tag end of the line.
With your right thumb and forefinger (and a little help from you left little fingers) make a loop with the tag end of the line. The tag end line should pass over the front of the doubled up line (closest to you) then wrap around the back of the line, in a kind of clockwise motion.
Wrap the tag end over the top of the doubled up line and around the back and around five times. The tag end should pass through the middle of the loop.
Hold the hook at the bottom and with your left hand slowly pull the tag end. This will to pull the knot together. At this point you can wet the line with a little saliva to lubricate the knot.
Now pull the tag end line (not the trace line) a bit harder, in your teeth or with a pair of fishing pliers. Pull so the knot moves down to the eye of the hook.
Ensure the knot is nice and tight by pulling hard three or four more times. Be careful not to let the hook in your right hand slip, this will hurt. One way is to hold the bottom of the hook.
Trim the excess tag line. Wrap your hand around the leader line and give it one more tighten up, just to be sure.
Save yourself the heartache of losing fish to bad knots!
The best way to get familiar with tying knots is to practice, pure and simple. You can practice while you're at home while ‘watching’ TV or, even better get out fishing as often as you can. Remember practice makes perfect!