Knot of the Week: Palomar Knot

by February 24, 2010 02/24/10

For this week’s Knot of the Week we’ll be going back to our fishing knots with the Palomar Knot.

The Palomar Knot is one more fishing knot for the toolbox, or tackle box, that can come in handy while fishing or in a survival situation.

Used to secure most any kind of fishing line to a swivel or hook, including traditional monofilament, the Palomar Knot is nearly impervious to being pulled out.

Your fishing line has a greater chance of breaking before this knot goes anywhere. If your line does break, you’re likely to find your Palomar Knot still tied to the hook (if you even find the hook…)

Here’s how to tie the Palomar Knot.

Palomar Knot » Hitches

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 3)

Please refer to our  Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.


  • Securing monofilament or most any fishing line to a swivel or hook

Tying Instructions:

  1. Form a bight in your fishing line, creating a loop.
  2. Ensure you have at least 8″ of doubled line available and insert it through the eye of the hook/swivel.
  3. Pull the doubled line through the hook/swivel and bring it towards the standing part.
  4. Tie a gentle overhand knot, keeping it loose.
  5. Ensure the loop created after the overhand knot is large enough to slip over your hook/swivel.
  6. Slip the loop over the hook/swivel.
  7. Slide the loop up onto the line just above the eye of the hook.
  8. You can also moisten the knot to reduce the friction and to pull the knot tighter.
  9. Trim the free end of the line close to the knot.
  10. Go Fishing!

View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above!

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