The Loop Knot is a really good fishing knot, a favorite in fact, and you’ll see why towards the end.

The Loop Knot Starts Simple

To begin, drop everything except for the leader line. I start with a simple overhand knot with about 4 inches on the tag end. You can see that it’s slightly upward angled, I guess it’s at a curve, so this right side we will refer to as the upward side, and the left side is the downward-facing side. You can see the loop is slightly facing down towards the tag end. 

The next step is to thread the fishing hook, or lure, on to the line and now we’re going to go through the bottom section – you come from underneath, and go up through that bottom facing part of the knot.

After that, slide the knot down until it’s touching the hook and cinch it down with my left hand. So now we have the tag end and the main line both pointing in the same direction. 

The Tag End

Next, we wrap the tag end around the main line 3 to 5 times. This side that we’re looking at is the upward facing side and so we’re going to go from the top down through the upward facing side of that loop

And finally, pull the knot tight, pull the tag end to make it smaller, pull the main line to make it larger for sizing the loop to your specifications. Make it fairly tight then put some water or saliva on it so it doesn’t burn itself as we tug away until it’s tight.

Advantages of the Loop Knot

The reason I love this fishing knot is because you see the tag going straight back down towards the hook so that when you’re fishing and there’s some debris it will not get stuck on this line.