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What are some tips for tying a fishing knot?

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When tying a fishing knot, you should lubricate the line first, tie slowly and avoid crossing any lines. After tying the knot, you should test it to make sure it is secure.

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Fishermen use a variety of different knots, depending on the purpose. The line should be lubricated because a wet line slides more easily than a dry line. You should tie the knot slowly to avoid unnecessary friction or line crossing. You can tie more quickly when you have practiced the knot, but you should always slow down when tightening and cinching to ensure a neat, secure knot.

The two most common types of knots, slip knots and jam knots, have a series of wraps. You shouldn't cross these wraps over one another, as that causes wear and tear.

The Palomar knot is a popular choice that is typically used with braided fishing lines. It's easy to tie the knot, and when tied correctly, the knot is strong. Begin by doubling the line, and then thread it through the hook. Use the looped end to tie an overhand knot around the main line. After passing that loop over the hook, flip it over the main line and tag end. Pull the tag end to complete the knot.

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