How to Tie the Non-Slip Loop

The Non-Slip Loop gives greater movement to lures and live baits. 

 As the name implies, this loop knot will NOT slip. This knot is most often used to offer more action for trolled/retrieved lures or allow more freedom of movement to rigged live baits. To achieve maximum strength with mono it's imperative to use the correct number of turns around the standing line given the line test: with 6- to 8-lb. test use 6 turns, 10- to 12-lb. test use 5 turns, 15- to 40-lb. test use 4 turns and 50- to 60-lb. test use 3 turns. Apply an extra turn or two with flouro, and use 6 turns or more with braid to prevent slippage.

 STEP 1: Allow about 12 inches of line to tie the knot until you become familiar with it. Start by tying an overhand knot in the leader, leaving a tag end of at least six inches. Now, slip the tag end through the hook eye and then back through the loop of the overhand knot. Make sure the tag end is passing back through the loop on the same side it came out of.

 STEP 2: Pull carefully on the standing part of the line while holding the tag end. This will partially reduce the size of the overhand knot. Then, pull slowly on the tag end, sliding the overhand knot toward the hook eye. This procedure allows you to "adjust" to create any size loop you wish. Now, wrap the tag end the required number of turns (following the introductory guidelines) around the running line.

 STEP 3: After finishing the turns, insert the tag end back through the loop of the overhand knot, making sure the tag end re-enters on the same side it came out of. Hold the loop of the overhand knot where you want the finished loop to form, and then pull on the running line until the overhand knot tightens.

STEP 4: Moisten the knot and slowly pull the tag end. This will gently draw down the wraps around the standing line. Just before these wraps are completely tight, grip the running line in one hand and the lure or hook in the other. Pull your hands apart slowly but firmly until the knot tightens completely. Trim the tag end and you're ready to fish.

Text and illustrations by Tom Waters