Thom Airs

Half blood knot

Thom Airs
Half blood knot

Step-by-step guide to tying the half blood knot

A simple classic that stands many youngsters and angling newcomers in good stead, the half blood knot still has a place in carp fishing. It is very strong when tied with flurocarbon and stiff monos and only needs a couple of turns when space is tight (such as when tying chod rigs).

1) We're using orange braid for visibility purposes. Start by threading the line through your hook or swivel.

2) Begin to twis the line back on itself. The right finger keeps a loop open at the swivel/hook end.

3) Continue to wrap the tag end of the line around the main body. With ultra-stiff mono materials you can get away with just two or three wraps, but six or seven is ideal with other materials.

4) To complete the knot, take the tag end back through the loop left by your finger at the hook/swivel end.

5) Moisten the knot and gently pull the tag end to tighten it down.

6) The finished knot is neat and simple.