How to Tie Fishing Lure

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Rapala Knot Lure Guide


The correct ways to tie a lure to the line can be useful not only for beginners but also for some avid anglers. I often find that anglers only use one method, which isn’t always a good one. According to my observations, this leads to the loss of fish when playing, as well as to the loss of rather expensive parts of the tackle.

I can confidently say that the correct fishing lure knot is one of the components of successful fishing. It doesn’t matter if you use monofilament or braided line, the result will depend on your knot. So that the most important knots for anglers are always at hand, I decided to write this article and tell you about all the nuances.

Best Fishing Knots For Lures Of All Time

Many fishermen are unresponsive to such an important step as tying a lure. As I already told you, many experienced fishermen find one knot they like and use it from time to time. There are many good ways to tie a knot though. You should also know that depending on the fishing conditions, you need to choose the most suitable node option. An improperly tied knot can lead to line breakage and thus your prey will slip away from you. When a fishing line or cord is tied in any knot, it will reduce the strength at that point. In order to minimize the loss of strength, the following methods can be used, for example:

  • You don’t have to tighten the line all the way. Thus, the line won’t be compressed too much and will be more durable.
  • Try using a self-tightening or movable knot.
  • Place a small piece of the fishing line inside the knot. But I want to warn you that this method is a little more difficult to perform than others.
  • Do you know that wetting the assembly before tightening will reduce the frictional force?
  • The strength of the line is determined by the strength of the weakest section. Most often it is an improperly tied knot.

Recommended Fishing Line Knots – Rapala Loop Knot

Rapala Loop Fishing Knot

The Rapala knot comes from Finland and has been specially designed for fishing with Rapala wobblers. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it cannot be used with other wobblers. The Finnish father of the wobbler Lauri Rapala has developed a special loop knot that doesn’t tighten and gives the lure complete freedom of movement, which is called the Rapala knot. The advantage of the Rapala knot is that if tied correctly it increases the lure play as it doesn’t hang firmly on the line but can move better with a little play in the loop. The knot is suitable for both monofilament and braided lines.

With these instructions, I’ll walk you through the Rapala node step by step:

Step 1. First, tie the top of the cord with a regular knot, leaving about 10 cm of the cord protruding. Don’t tighten the knot yet and thread the end of the line through the eyelet on the bait.

Step 2. Now thread the free end through the knot on top, which is still open, and wind the cord around the cord 3-4 times.

Step 3. Now thread the cord through the top knot again. It is important that you do this from the bait side.

Step 4. Next, wet the knot and slowly pull both ends together. It is important that a loop about 2-3 cm in size forms here.

Step 5. Now cut off the protruding end, leaving about 0.5 cm of string. All is ready!

What Types Of Artificial Baits Are There?

Learn about the different types of artificial fishing lures and which bait to use depending on the type of fish you want to catch.

Artificial fishing lures are also a great option when live or rifled bait isn’t available. Artificial baits are hard or soft baits that attract fish with movement, vibration, brightness, and color. When fishing for predatory fish, artificial baits are used, usually, they imitate wounded fish, a desirable prey for predatory fish. There are hundreds of artificial fishing lures that you can buy. Very often fishermen get lost in this choice, but I advise you to just try a species or two to get started.

Types Soft Fishing Saltwater & Freshwater Baits


Minnow is mostly fish-shaped oval metal lures. On the flat side, they are slightly dented, so they sway very seductively in the water imitating a wounded fish. They are often provided with decorative feathers or plastic tags to enhance their attractiveness. Turn signals can also be directed vertically towards the end of the rod, which is an advantage over wobblers.

Imitation Fly

imitation fly consists of hooks that mimic insects using materials such as feathers, fur, and fish skin. They are used for fly fishing.


Jerkbaits are like big wobblers, but they don’t have a diving shovel. Its attractiveness is created by the sharp movement of the bait, which leads it through the water in a horizontal or vertical zigzag course, like a wounded fish.


These are artificial lures that are used in sea fishing. They are made of saltwater-resistant metals in the shape of a fish and have a triplet at the end that serves as a bite site. Their weight varies depending on the depth of fishing, usually from a few grams to about 750 grams, but in deep-sea fishing, it can also exceed the kilogram limit. These are sinking lures that simulate the pressure waves of an injured fish during a dive.


Floating lures that, when pulled in, dive briefly under the surface of the water and suck in air bubbles with them due to their shape, resulting in a seductive pop that magically attracts, for example, larger trout.


Their characteristic feature is their spinner leaf. A metal blade that, when the line is pulled, rotates around the axis of the bait like a rotor. The resulting pressure waves irritate the lateral line organ (remote tactile sensation) of the fish and induce them to bite. The glare from the spinner’s spinning blade also enhances the attractiveness of the bait.

Soft Plastic Bait

Soft baits are currently mostly made from silicone for environmental reasons. The most famous varieties are shads (bait that looks like a fish), twister (rubber bait that resembles a worm) and soft jerk (two-tailed bait), popular for fishing with a drop shot. However, there are no limits to creativity with soft plastic lures, so there is a corresponding rubber dummy for almost every lure: mini-eels, salmon, simulated worms and larvae, crabs, frogs, even flounders and octopuses are reproduced. Many soft plastic lures already have hooks or triplets built-in, but in many cases, the angler pulls them onto the hook. The water level can be adjusted with a jig head.


When lifting, the wobbler performs acrobatic movements that resemble a sick fish. Wobblers come in floating and sinking versions, most often made of wood or plastic. Their body usually consists of 1-3 elements and the same number of tees. It is distinguished by its diving shovel, which, depending on the shape and inclination, decides whether the plug is flat or deep. To increase the attractiveness, metal balls in the form of a rattle are inserted into some wobblers. Wobblers are available in countless color combinations, with the rule of thumb being brighter colors for rainy days and cloudy waters, and softer natural colors for sunny days and clear waters.

What Knots Are There For Artificial Baits?

Knots For Artificial Baits

Offset hook – Assembly of Soft Bait with Offset Hook

Installation steps for silicone bait:

  • Calcined the head and remove the sting 6-9 mm, from the side of the abdomen
  • Stretch the string through the fish, up to the lug
  • Measure the entrance of the tip into the silicone body with your eye.
  • Pierced the abdomen, remove the sting in the back

In this form, it can be fixed. On the sinker, a jig load, a diverter lead, the mainline.

Fixation method using twist lock. This is a special spring, it is wound on the central wire of the hook. This attachment is especially useful for very soft lures.

To fix the silicone with the offset holder and twist-lock fastener, we need to screw the head part on the ready-made fastener, then pierce it through the body, hide the tip.

Texas Rig Type

Texas Rig Type

When installing a Texas rig, the mainline must be passed through the hole of the bullet-shaped sinker (the weight of the load must match the test of your rod), after which a bead is put on the line and a hook is attached using a regular or double clinch.

You need to pierce the silicone bait from the head, bring the sting out 5 mm, draw the hook through the body of the bait, turn and pull the worm onto the step of the hook, and then pierce the bait again and bring the sting out, the sting should fit snugly against the body of the bait.

Please note that if you don’t pull the tip of the hook out, then, while biting, the sting will have to first pierce the silicone bait, and then the fish lip, so there is a risk that the fish will slip away. If desired, you can install a worm, twister, vibrotactile, or other fancy silicone bait on the Texas rig.

The bait is correctly attached when the point of the hook is inside the silicone, however, the point of the hook doesn’t come out from the opposite side of the bait and the bait is straight.

Edible, streamlined silicone baits such as crayfish and worms work best for Texas rigs. The size of the bait depends on the type of predator and its activity. In turn, it makes sense to use floating silicone baits. Raising and hovering the bait above the bottom during a pause is the best way to provoke a passive predator to attack.

If the Texas rig is being used in open water, it is effective to use active baits such as twisters and Vibro-tails. This is the best way to quickly find a predator over a large area. However, when fishing in cover, use elongated, non-bulky lures such as crayfish and worms.

Carolina Rig Type

Carolina Rig Type

Carolina Rig, like most other spinning rigs, has American roots. In its original version, this type of bait installation consists of a main cord or fishing line, on which an unfixed sinker is put on, preferably a bullet-shaped one. After the sinker, a volumetric faceted bead is threaded on the fishing line, after which a swivel is tied. And only after the swivel, the leash is mounted with an offset hook at the end.

The fluorocarbon line is used for almost all types of drilling rigs. Particularly abrasion resistant and almost invisible underwater, we need about 80 cm of fluorocarbon cord to assemble the Carolina rig.

Offset hook. While Carolina rigs are less suitable for shelter use, an offset hook should also be chosen here. Alternatively, single hooks can only be used when the bites are very timid or the target fish is particularly suspicious.

Bullet weight. Tungsten bullets are used to make the Carolina projectile reach the bottom of the water at the desired speed. Due to the higher density of the material compared to lead, the bullets drop much faster and also fly better.

Bead. The centerpiece of the assembly is a glass ball or sound ball. If the weight of a bullet hits him while jigging, it draws attention to itself with a loud click.

Soft bait. The type of rubber bait on Carolina rigs is largely determined by the type of bait used and the target fish. I usually use bait in the form of animals, rubber crabs.


Step 1. Depending on the maximum desired leash length, remove approximately 50 to 100 cm of fluorocarbon line from the reel and thread the tungsten bullet.

Step 2. Then thread the sonic or glass bead onto the side of the leash, where the cartridge weight has a large concave recess on the underside.

Step 3. For flexible adjustment of the leash length, the bullet pin is inserted into the side until it stops, and the protruding end is cut off. The bead sits firmly on the leash without damaging the line. The leash length can be individually adjusted by moving the bead.

Step 4. Connect the end of the leash with the offset hook with a knot, tighten the rubber lure, and the Carolina rig is already assembled.

How to Tie a Lure on Fishing Line?

There is a myriad of methods used to tie a lure to the line. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Loop to Loop

How to Make a Loop to Loop Knot Connection?

One of the most common methods that have become widespread and won the hearts of anglers for its simplicity and durability. This node is made with several simple manipulations:

The cord, which will be used as a fishing line, is folded in half and tied in a double knot to form a loop. The second loop is a ring located at the base of the lure.

The prepared loops are thrown over each other, while the spoon must be passed through the loop obtained on the fishing line.

Next, it remains to moisten the fishing line with water and tighten the knot very tightly.

This method is very effective, since the loop tightens well and doesn’t weaken the fishing line at all, the strength of which in the place of the formed knot doesn’t decrease in any way.


This method is also very popular among anglers, but it has a significant difference from the previous method of attaching a lure to the line. In addition to the fact that this unit is performed in a few simple steps, it also has a high carrying capacity. Experts in the art of fishing advise this method to be used for absolutely all types of fishing lines.

To bind the bait in this way, the following steps are necessary:

Step 1. Thread the end of the fishing line through the wire ring at the base of the lure, and leave the working end about 15 cm long. Then fold it in half and then form a regular loop.

Step 2. Wrap the end of the line around the main thread and pull it through the loop obtained earlier.

Step 3. It is necessary to wrap the main thread with the working end of the cord 5-7 times.

Step 4. It is necessary to moisten the line and tighten the formed “Grinner” tightly.

At first glance, it may seem that it is very difficult, but, having gained experience, fishermen tie the lure in this way even in the dark.


Even when using the best rod, the most expensive reel, and the most powerful line, fishing can be unsuccessful due to the creation of incorrect knots. They are used for tying fishing lines, attaching bait, hooks and swivels, and more. Even if you usually have a fellow fisherman on hand to tie a knot in an emergency, you shouldn’t rely on him.

Basic knowledge of nodes is simply irreplaceable. I hope this article helped you figure out how to tie a lure on a fishing line and how to tie a fishing lure knot. I also tried to tell you about the types of artificial lures so that you don’t get confused about their huge number. Successful fishing!

Sergio Smirnoff
Sergio Smirnoff
Professional fisherman with 40+ years of experience.
Fishing and the ocean is a passion of my life. I am passionate about all kinds of sea fishing: fishing from the shore (spinning, float, baitcasting), from a boat, and spearfishing day and night.

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