Fishing is one among the most favorite evening pastimes for Americans. The triumphant moment is when they hook a prize catch. However, it is easier said than done. Fishing is not just another hobby, but it requires great skill.
The three main factors that can turn you into a pro fisher is visibility, weight, and control. To be able to do that, you need to learn the perfect art of tying a fishing hook and weight. Believe us or not, we’re here to teach you just that.
Let’s get started!
Why Is It Important Though?
We bet you already know the purpose of a hook in fishing. Haha, we’re just kidding. In a nutshell, no hook, no fish! But many don’t know the real magic that a weight can do. Weights are sinkers that you attach to your fishing line.
If you have your weights attached, half the job is done. They ensure your line obtains the needed momentum. It also guarantees that your line goes the perfect distance and best depth at the time of casting.
This enhances your chances of catching a fish. Everything depends on the type of fish you want to catch. But don’t miss out on the weights.
How To Tie A Fishing Hook And Weight?
First and foremost, you should have the best fishing equipment in possession. This includes the right fishing pole and reel combo along with lures and baits. You also need the best fishing hooks for different kinds of fish.
Once you are ready with these, we’ll jump straight into teaching you how to rig a fishing line.
You need to tie a perfect knot to keep the fishing line and pole right in place. A clinched knot works the best for you and can make you stress-free throughout the entire fishing process.
Tying The Hook
Take about a good eight to ten inches of line and let it pass through the eye of the hook. The mainline will lie free on the open side.
Pinch the two lines close to each other to make a loop with the tag end. Run a small loop and bring it just above where you have both the lines pinched.
Make sure you have both the mainline and tag end held close to each other.
Now you need to wind the tag end around the two lines, and through the loop you just made. Give around four to six solid wraps.
The knot will start forming on the mainline. Once you are done, you can see the knot forming a pattern that resembles the DNA! That was our first impression of the incredible looking pattern made.
Pull the remaining portion of the tag end, easy and slow. We don’t want you to pull it hard and tighten the knot as yet.
It is always best to lubricate the line portion between the hook section and the knot section. This enables smooth and free gliding of the knot along the mainline.
Pull the mainline and work the knot upwards to the eye of the hook. You will be impressed to see the effect of the lubricant on the lines. It prevents line breakage.
Now tug hard at the tag end and the mainline to tighten the knot more firmly to the hook shank. Pull harder, until the knot is nice and secure.
You can cut off the rest of the tag end and Voila! There you have your hook tied strongly upon a Uni-knot.
Congratulations! You have mastered the art of tying the hook.
Tying The Weight
One of the most recommended knots for weights is the Surgeon’s Loop Knot. It is really easy to tie and allows you to change the sizes of the weight, extremely fast. Let’s go ahead!
As the first step, hold the tag and turn it around so that it goes over the main part. It should be about three to four inches apart.
Pinch the two lines together to form a point in between the two lines. It won’t reduce the strength of the line. So, don’t worry.
While you have the upper portion of the lines in your left hand, with your right hand, hold together the tag end and the mainline.
Now all you got to do is give them a little twist. Don’t get confused. You will have a small portion of the tag end and the mainline together, between your left and right hands. Twist this portion so that it forms a small loop.
Now you have a large loop and a small loop, the large loop being the pointed portion of the two lines. Take the pointed loop in through the small loop and wrap it around two times. Forward and backward.
When you are done, wrap the pointed line again through the small loop, and it forms a firm, small circle between four strands.
Pull all four strands together to form the perfect knot. Pull as tight as you can until you get a good looking loop on the other end. Ta-da! You’re done with this knot.
Now the final step is to load weights. Insert the front end of the loop in through the little top part of the dropper weight. From there, take the weight through the loop and pull out.
Yes! You have successfully attached the weight to the line. These knots are highly flexible that they allow you to attach or tie hooks and weights of different sizes without having to retie the knot.
Okay, folks, you have now learned to tie a fishing hook and a weight through this simple yet effective technique.
It’s Fishing Time!
Now that you have mastered the skills of tying knots, hooks, and weights, all you have to do is set out on your super cool fishing boat! We are sure you will put these skills into the best use. Before fishing, ensure everything is done and in place to enjoy your time fishing.
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily catch a big fat fish! Happy Fishing!