Tom Keiter: Hi! I am Tom Keiter with Take Me Fishing. Today we are going to talk about knots. Knots are your critical length between your fishing line and your hook, and it's what puts your catch in the net. One of the most important knots to learn is the Uni-knot which is also known as Duncan loop, test out at 98 plus percent breaking strength and it's excellent for attaching your line to a hook, to a swivel or to a snap.
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 dark place. For demonstration purposes I am going to use this brightly colored line. Run the tag in through the eye of the hook and double it back so that it is parallel to the standing line. Make a loop by taking a clockwise turn on the tag end. Run the tag end five or six turns around both the loop and the standing line. Pull on the tag and standing line so the knot begins to see. Moisten the line with some water or saliva and pull on the standing line steadily and firmly. Once the knot is seated, turn the tag end to complete the knot. Once you master the inner knot, it's time to get on the water and go fishing.