Two Simple Knots
for Fishing with Kids
You are going to have some knots that you would really rather not have. The picture on the left shows what is called in the profession, a "bird's nest." You should make every attempt to avoid them. Bird's nests aside, however, learning the two simple knots on this page will be all you need for fishing with kids.
Improved Clinch Knot
Use this knot for tying line to hooks, swivels, or lures
Pass the line through eye of a hook or swivel and twist 5 times.
Run the tag end through the first loop and back through the big loop.
Moisten the line and hold the tag end while pulling the knot tight.
Use this knot to tie line to leader when you do not want to use a swivel. I prefer not using a swivel when fishing with kids. Keep it simple.
Lay line and leader parallel overlapping 6 to 8 inches
Treating the two like a single line, tie an overhand knot, pulling the entire leader through the loop.
Leaving the loop of the overhand open, pull both tag end of line and leader through again.
Hold both lines and both ends to pull knot tight. Clip ends close to avoid foul-up in rod guides.
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