How to tie the Palomar Knot. The single best fishing knot? Many fishermen believe that the Palomar Knot holds that title. Palomar Knot comes close to being a 100% knot when tied properly. Be sure that when the hook or lure is passed through the loop that all parts of the knot cinch up together. Many depictions of this knot elsewhere make it look like the loop part of the knot goes up against the bottom of the eye of the hook or lure. The knot can fail if tied in that manner. This is also the best knot to use with braided fishing line. The Palomar Knot is a good choice when fishing the popular Ned Rig with ElaZtech bait such as a Z-Man TRD bait. Due to the durability of the bait you might not think to retie your knot as often and the Palomar will probably hold up to more fish catching abuse than other knots.
The Palomar Knot is one of 12 great fishing knots included on the Pro-Knot Fishing Knot Cards (click to see).
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Palomar Knot Tying Instructions
- Double 6 inches of line and pass end of loop through eye of hook. Alternately, for small hook eyes, pass end of line through hook eye once, then double back and pass end of line through hook eye again from opposite direction, leaving about six inches of doubled line outside the hook eye.
- Tie a loose overhand knot with hook hanging from bottom.
- Holding overhand knot between thumb and forefinger, pass loop of line over the hook. Slide loop above eye of hook.
- Pull on both the standing line and tag end to tighten knot down onto eye. Clip tag end close.