Knot of the Week: Pitzen Knot

by November 2, 2009 11/2/09

Pitzen Knot 09Our Knot of the Week series continues this week with a new twist.

For the next few weeks we’ll be showing a few fishing knots that we feel are important to learn for survival purposes.

It’s never a bad thing to know fishing knots, just in case you’re ever in the situation where you have to use them in order to gather food.

You may remember that in our review of the Mini Survival Kit, we included a small laminated sheet with a few common fishing knots.

This week’s knot, the Pitzen Knot, is one that’s always on our list of simple fishing knots and a great one to remember.

The Pitzen Knot enables you to attach fishing line to a hook, lure or swivel.

We’ve come up with a different way of demonstrating the fishing knots, and one that we feel will make our instructions easier to understand.

Instead of showing actual fishing line being tied to a hook, we mounted an eye at the end of a dowel and used paracord to illustrate the steps in our photos and YouTube video.

We attempted to show fishing line and a hook initially, but found it too hard to see on video and in the photos.

Pitzen Knot » Hitches

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 4/Difficulty: 1)

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

Uses:

  • Securing a fishing line to a hook, lure or swivel
  • Strong slip knot

Tying Instructions:

  1. Thread the working end of  your line through the eye of the hook
  2. *Ensure you have plenty of line in your working end*
  3. Run the working end parallel to the standing part
  4. With the working end, make four to five wraps around the standing part towards the direction of the hook
  5. Bring the working end back to the beginning of the wrapping and through the naturally created loop made with the first wrap
  6. Pull the knot tight and slide it towards the hook
  7. Trim off the excess working end

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


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ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Thanks Mike! Thought you'd like that :)

Good memories! My grandfather used to teach me knots too!

~ Bryan

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Custom Gear Report

Hey that is a bad ass t-shirt ;)

This know is one of the first things I remember my Grandfather teaching me as a kid.

Custom Gear Report
Custom Gear Report

Hey that is a bad ass t-shirt ;) This know is one of the first things I remember my Grandfather teaching me as a kid.

NEWWT55
NEWWT55

have you thought of doing a week on the wireman's knot?

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Thanks Mike! Thought you'd like that :) Good memories! My grandfather used to teach me knots too! ~ Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

NEWWT55,

We'll definitely mark it down for the future. Thanks for the suggestion, and your support!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

NEWWT55, We'll definitely mark it down for the future. Thanks for the suggestion, and your support!

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