How to tie the five-turn half blood knot

The half turn blood knot is one of the most widely used fishing knots for attaching swivels to line and hooks to line. It is also used in specialist fishing circles for joining split rings to lines as well.

Here we show how you can tie this handy knot in just a few simple steps.

Don't forget, though, to dampen the knot with saliva first before pulling it tight.

Like all knots, take a close look at the finished product to make sure it's nice and neat once the knot is closed down and pulled tight. A neat knot will be a strong knot.

Finally, when it comes to trimming the tag end of the knot, cut it as close as possible to the knot itself to ensure the finished product is neat and tidy.

Here's how it's done...

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1. Thread the line through the eye

2. Make five turns of the tag around line

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3. Take tag back to turn nearest eye

4. Pass tag through loop and lubricate

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5. Pull the knot tight and trim off tag end close to the knot

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How to tie the overhand loop knot

This knot is perfect to attach a hooklength to the mainline

STEP 1

Double your mainline to create a large loop

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STEP 2

Fold the loop over to form another loop.

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STEP 3

Pass the first loop at least twice through the second loop.

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STEP 4

Moisten the knot with saliva and pull it tight. Trim the knot and you are away.

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STEP 5 

Follow the same process with your hooklength and pass it through.

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How to tie the grinner knot

This knot is widely used by match, pleasure and specialist anglers wordwide, for linking hooks and swivels to either mainline, hooklength or even braid.

It is a very strong and relaible knot that should be dampened thoroughly before it is pulled tight.

As this knot features a small amount of whipping above the swivel or hook eye it does not 'strangle' the item being tied, therefore it retains a huge amount of strength.

STEP 1

Pass your chosen hooklength through the eye of your hook or swivel twice. Pull 4ins of the hooklength through. Now form a loop with the tag end of the hooklength.

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Step 2

Thread the tag end over the hooklength and through the loop four times, making sure it exits through the loop.

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STEP 3

Moisten the knot thoroughly with saliva and gradually pull it to lock the knot against your hook eye or swivel eye. Trim any waste from the hooklength tag end as close as you can to the knot.

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How to tie the water knot

This knot has many uses for the angler.

It can be used to link hooklength to mainline, it can be used to join a paternoster link to a mainline, and it can even be used to join mono to braid.

Many angler's use this knot to link their pole mainline to the hooklength, especially when fishing delicate rigs, because it is far more direct than the more commonly used loop to loop technique.

STEP 1

Lay the two lines you wish to tie alongside each other.

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STEP 2

Form a substantial loop using the two lines

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STEP 3

Ensure the two lengths of line are together and thread the pair of tags ends through the loop three times.

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STEP 4

Moisten the knot with saliva or water and slowly pull it tight. Trim off the tag ends accordingly to either create a straight profile when joining a mainline to hooklength, or cut the tag ends to create a paternoster link for legering purposes.

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