Thom Airs

Palomar knot

Thom Airs
Palomar knot

Step-by-step guide to tying the Palomar knot

A great all-rounder, this simple but very strong knot can be used for joining line to swivels, hooks and other attachments. It's comfortably used with braid, mono and fluorocarbon.

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1) Start off by doubling up your chosen section of line to form a basic loop.

2) Thread that loop through your swivel or hook eye. If space is tight, the alternative is to thread a single strand of line through first, then double it over and thread the tag end back through the swivel or hook eye.

3) Pull the loop a couple of inches through the swivel and start to creat an overhand knot.

4) Now tie a very simple one-turn overhand knot with the swivel or hook falling into the 'slack'. DO NOT TIGHTEN THE KNOT.

5) Take hold of the swivel (or hook) and feed it through the loop that at the tag end of the knot (in photo four it is the loop over the finger at the right of the picture).

6) Moisten the line and tighten down. Take your time and make sure the loop fits over the swivel and beds down neatly.