Knots & Rigs

Knots & Rigs

Figure of Eight Knot

A great connection knot for the end of your hooklink allowing you to use quick links and quick change swivels.

Forming loops
Attaching quick links
Situations where you need to change your lonk quickly
Stick and bag fishing


STEP 1: Double your line back on itself.

STEP 2: Bring the end round and over itself to form a loop.

STEP 3: Go over the main line and then back through the loop.

STEP 4: Gently draw tight at both ends, moistening before you do so.


Grinner Knot

This knot is a very well known and reliable knot and one of those essential basic knots that will prove useful in a wide variety of carp fishing situations. It is also known as the Uni-Knot. It is a very reliable knot and should be used if possible in preference to a half blood knot for attaching hooks, swivels and terminal tackle. It can be used on a wide range of line diameters. It maintains a high percentage of the lines strength and should be used for monofilament only. It is not recommended for braided lines. Make sure that once you make enough turns on each side at least 5 to ensure it works effectively.

Attaching eyed hooks
Attaching swivels
Attaching terminal tackle


STEP 1: Take your line and thread it through the eye of the hook or swivel.

STEP 2: Make a loop by retuning the tag end back over the mainline.

STEP 3: Now make five or six turns around the mainline and through the loop.

STEP 4: Bring the tag end out parallel with the mainline.

STEP 5: Moisten the knot and gently bring the turns down neatly.

STEP 6: Gently draw the knot down to the eye of the hook or swivel and trim the tag end.


Knotless Knot

Possibly the most popular and useful knot in carp fishing. Used to make a rig to attach boilies to an eyed hook to make a safe and reliable rig that works.

For creating a hair rig



STEP 1: First thread the line through the eye of the hook.

STEP 2: Tie a simple overhand loop to form a hair loop.

STEP 3: Adjust the position of your line to get the correct length then hold the line at the eye firmly with you finger.

STEP 4: Whip the main line five or six times around the shank of the hook. The direction of the whip should be away from the hook eye closure.

STEP 5: Hold the whipped section down tight and go back over it in the opposite direction and through the eye of the hook.

STEP 6: Draw down tight slowly moistening the line before doing so.



Palomar Knot

This knot is one of the best known and most useful knots in a carp angler’s armoury and will work equally effectively with braided lines as it does with mono. It is easy to tie and can be used for attaching all kind of terminal tackle. When tied correctly this knot should achieve close to 100% knot strength. Make sure that once you have passed the hook or swivel through the loop that all parts of the knot are drawn down neatly together.

Attaching eyed hooks
Attaching swivels
Attaching spinners
Attaching lures and plugs
Attaching all kind of terminal tackle

Braid or Mono

STEP 1: Take your line and double it back on itself to give you around a six inch double length.

STEP 2: Pass the doubled length through the eye of the swivel.

STEP 3: Form a loop and pass the end back through the loop.

STEP 4: Pass the end loop over the top of the Hook or swivel.

STEP 5: Gently draw down the tag end and mainline to form the knot an moisten as you do so.

STEP 6: Ensure the knot is firmly drawn down tight and then trim off the tag end.



Shockleader Knot

The Shockleader Knot is used to join a thinner casting line to a much thicker leader line. It makes a neat tapered knot that will cast smoothly and will be unlikely to snag on anything and will cast easily through the rod guides if tied properly The use of a shock leader is essential to minimize break-offs while casting. Care should be taken when casting as break-offs are dangerous to bystanders and property. It is advisable to use a high quality Shockleader material like Ultima Powerflex TS to ensure safety.

Joining lines of unequal diameters
Joining leaders to mainlines


STEP 1: Align main line and leader.

STEP 2: Pass the thicker leader around the main line between one and three times.

STEP 3: Lubricate and draw slowly to close the knot. Do not tighten too much at this stage.

STEP 4: Take the tag end of the running line and wind it five time around the shockleader and then out through its own loop.

STEP 5: Lubricate and slowly draw down this part of the knot. Do not tighten too much at this stage.

STEP 6: Lubricate and draw the knot together by pulling on both the Shockleader and the mainline down slowly to bring both parts together as a small neat tapered knot.