Haywire Twist

The Haywire Twist, due to its great strength, is used by game fishermen to join wire to a swivel, hook, or lure. Its reliability comes from the two different kinds of twists it involves: a first set, called haywire wraps, and a second, called barrel wraps. These twists reinforce each other for maximum strength. The Haywire Twist can also be used to make a loop in a wire leader. Learn how to tie the Haywire Twist following the 5 steps below.

Haywire twist knot step 1

Step 1: Pass the wire through the eye of the hook. Hold the loop where the two wire cross between the index finger and thumb. Cross one strand of wire over the other and twist.

Haywire twist knot step 2

Step 2: Make 3 to 4 twists. Twist both the standing part of the wire and the tag end at the same time at an angle in excess of 90 degrees. This is critical. Otherwise, you will simply wrap one wire around the other.

Haywire twist knot step 3

Step 3: After making the wraps begin your first barrel wrap. To create a barrel wrap, bend the tag end until it is at a right angle to the standing part. Now make five tight (barrel) wraps around the standing part with the tag end.

Haywire twist knot step 4

Step 4: Bend the tag end at a 90 degree angel to create a handle. Bend the wire back and forth at the last barrel wrap until the wire breaks. Do not cut the wire with pliers as this can leave a sharp burr and can cut your hand or fingers during use.

Haywire twist knot step 5

Step 5: The Haywire Twist is ready.