Tom Keiter: Hi! I am Tom Keiter with Take Me Fishing. Today we are going to talk about knots. Knots are important part of fishing and they are really not difficult to tie, they just take a little bit of practice. Today we are going to talk about the arbor knot which is used for connecting your fishing line with your reel.
Monofilament can weaken if it is old or exposed to heat or sun, so be sure your line is fresh and then store it in a cool and dark place. For demonstration purposes I am going to use this brightly colored line.
There are two parts to every line, the standing line which is the long line and the tag end which is the short line. To easily tie any knot, be sure to twist the tag or short line around the standing or long line.
To attach your line to the spool, you will use an arbor knot. It's a simple knot that doesn't get used very often. Take a few turns around the spool hub or arbor with your running line. Then tie loose overhand knot in the standing line, collapse a loop a bit, and then tie a tight overhand knot in the tag end. Gently pull on the standing line until the loop tightens and catches the smaller knot, continue to pull until the loop is snug against the arbor. Pull all knots slowly and steadily so that they seat properly and never yank repeatedly. When you are done tying the arbor knot, simply wind your line on to your reel and you are ready to go fishing.