The Best Knots for Lures


Choosing a good fishing lure is hard, but let’s face it, choosing every piece of your fishing equipment is hard. But literally putting it altogether also requires some thought, and folks are often left wondering what the best fishing knots for lures are.

We’ve all been there, either learning how to tie a knot for the first time, or wondering if it really mattered what knot we use on a given lure. Well, there are a few popular choices, and we are going to look some, so you can fish with increased confidence!

There are several common knots, and they are common because they are very good knots. While there will always be somebody to argue otherwise, some of the best fishing knots for lures are also going to be the most common, widely accepted ones.

The truth is, the best fishing knot is a popular bone of contention with people, and everyone has their particular set of favorites. As with anything that has both subjective and objective qualities, you’ll find considerable and sometimes heated debate among fishermen. There is nothing wrong with that, and it can be quite fun, but you need to know when to pull fact from emotion. With that in mind, we are certain that some folks are going to disagree with our brief overview of knots, but that’s ok too.

One other thing to consider when looking for the best fishing knot for lures is what kind of line you are using. Monfilament will have different tying qualities than say braided line, and you may need to use different types of knots for the same lure when using different line.



The first knot we are going to look at is the Palomar Knot. This knot is probably the single most popular fishing knot for monofilament line, and for good reason. It is quickly tied in four simple steps, and is extremely strong, and should serve for most any lure. The Palomar knot may also be used on braided line with excellent results, making it a truly all purpose knot. Great for lines like Berkley Trilene XL, found here.




The complicated, but versatile Rapala Knot is also extremely popular when tying a lure to monofilament line. Some object to the fact that it does leave a tag end, which can snag weeds. However, the raw strength more than makes up for the shortcomings of complexity and snagging. You can learn more about Rapala lures here.




Another one of the best fishing knots for lures is the Clinch Knot. This powerful knot can be tied in just three simple steps, making it a winning combination of simplicity and pure strength. Not only is it extremely useful for lures, it also can be used to tie hooks and swivels to your line.


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If you are using braided line, there are other knots to consider. The Uni Knot is believed by some to be among the best knots for attaching lures to braided line.  Some experts also considered the San Diego Jam Knot to be one of the best fishing knots for lures when using braided line. This knot seems to be somewhat obscure, but growing in popularity. It certainly delivers incredible performance though! One of our favorite braided lines is PowerPro. Learn more about PowerPro Braided Line here.



Famed fishing line manufacturer Berkley developed their own unique knot for tying lures to braided line. This scientifically designed knot is called the Berkley Braid Knot and can be tied in just steps. Berkely had the knot designed to stop braided line from slipping out of a tied knot. Learn more about Berkley Fireline here.


Thoughts on Knot Tying

When looking to tie the best fishing knot for lures, several things must be considered. We’ve looked at some of the most popular fishing knots in the world, and even one that was designed by a leading manufacturer of line. These knots all have a few things in common; they generally are simple to tie, have a high level of strength and do not slip or come apart when wet. Because tying a knot weakens a line, you want a knot that will retain as much strength as possible. Typically these knots will spread the strain out over several loops of line, rather than at a single point.

Wet line is slippery, so you also need a knot that has good hold. Again, you’ll see this in the form of multiple loops of line in the knot. When you consider the physics and strain that a knot must carry, it is easy to see that a knot that has multiple loops to it, and attaches to the lure with a loop will do a much better job than a knot that does not do these things.


The best fishing knots for lures are simple, easy to tie, spread their load on the end of the line, and hold their strength even in wet. The ones we showed here today are widely recognized as some of the all time best and most versatile fishing knots you can use for tying off your lure, and we hope you agree. Now go out and catch some fish!


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