As an avid fly fisher, my personal favourite Knot is Grinner; it’s a type of fishing knot commonly used to tie a fishing line to a hook, swivel or lure. It is known for its strength and ability to hold well under heavy pressure. The Grinner Knot (also known as the Uni Knot) is relatively easy to tie and is considered to be a good choice for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.
- Hold the hook or lure in one hand and the fishing line in the other.
- Thread the gut / line through the hooks’ eye, once or twice (optional).
- With the tag end make a loop by returning the tag end back over the mainline.
- Pass the tag end around the mainline and through the loop 5 or 6 times
- Bring the tag end of the line back through the loop parallel with the mainline.
- Lubricate the knot by wetting it with saliva or water; pull both end to tighten
- Hold the hook / lure and pull the end of the main line to slide the knot gently to the hooks eye
- Make sure to pull slowly and evenly to ensure the knot tightens correctly.
- Trim the excess line.
It is recommended to practice the knot before using it on the water, as well as checking the knot’s strength before casting your line.