If you wish to hook and land seriously big fish, the Palomar knot is one knot that you ought to learn how to tie. It provides excellent grip upon both swivels and hooks, it retains masses of strength and it’s a very reliable knot to use too.
It is a very simple knot to learn – anyone can tie this knot – and once mastered you will be sure that your link between line and fish is a strong one.
The reason why it is so strong is because two lengths of line pass through the hook or swivel so the load is spread out equally upon the line, as opposed to having just the one length of line wrapped through the eye of the hook or swivel.
What’s more, the more you pull this knot, the more secure it becomes.
Here’s how to tie it…
Fold your line over and thread it through the eye of the swivel or hook.
Now loop the doubled-up line over and pass the tag end through the loop you have just formed.
Pass the end of the doubled-up line over the swivel of the hook.
Work the knot closed with your fingers and dampen it with saliva. Now gently pull the swivel or hook and the line away from each other to tighten.
The finished knot should be compact and neat. Trim off the tag end and away you go!