Fishing Knots

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Categorized List of Knots for Fishing and Fly Fishing Merit Badges

The arbor knot is used to attach fishing line to the reel arbor, keeping the line from coming loose on the reel.

Arbor Knot

The blood knot (or barrel knot) attaches two lengths of monofilament lines together.

Blood Knot

The improved clinch knot attaches the terminal line to a hook, lure, or swivel.

Improved Clinch Knot

The Palomar knot is another option to attach a hook or lure to the terminal line.

Palomer Knot

The double surgeon’s loop creates a secure open loop at the end of a line.

Double Surgeon's


The nail knot is used to tie a fly line to the backing or to attach a leader to a line.

Nail Knot

The loop to loop knot is a very effective way to connect two loops together.

Loop to Loop Knot

For tying instruction, see the Fishing and Fly-Fishing merit badge pamphlets. You can find animated tying instructions at Grogs Animated Knots – Fishing These pamphlets also have safety and first-aid information related to fishing.

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