Get all knotted up – the Trilene knot

A ‘how-to-tie’ guide for some of the most popular fishing knots

EDITOR’S NOTE: With fishing action ramping up as we head towards summer, we thought now would be a great time to introduce a series on several basic fishing knots that can be used by a variety of anglers.

Read the instructions below, then watch the accompanying video for great step-by-step visuals.

Today, we go over the basics of the two-turn clinch, or Trilene knot, which is great for attaching mono and fluorocarbon line to hooks, lures and swivels. (Yesterday we featured the Palomar knot, in case you missed it.)

Remember to moisten the line before pulling it tight, especially for fluorocarbon line that’s easily damaged by heat from friction.

How to tie a Trilene knot

1. Slide your line through the hook eye and repeat, entering the line from the same direction and being sure to form a double loop at the hook eye.

2. Wrap the tag end around the standing line four or five times, going away from the hook.

3. Pass the tag end back through the double loop at the hook eye, moisten, then pull the knot tight agains the hook eye and trim the tag end.