Knots are the unsung heroes of the fishing scene. They get little press, but all the high-tech tackle and secret tactics in the world won’t help you if your knot slips or weakens your line, causing it to break at the moment of truth. Further, the right knots can help you be more efficient, catch more fish and have more fun.
So what is the best knot? It can be hard for an angler to decide. There are countless fine knots for making the critical connections we need during a day on the water though some separate themselves as being substantially better. They are easier to tie and test well both in the lab and on the water. To help you choose the best fishing knot and tie it correctly, we’ve assembled a stellar lineup of top fishing knots to learn, know and use.