King Sling Knot

The King Sling is a loop-forming knot that is ideal for adding terminal tackle onto a fishing line. Fly fishermen often use the King Sling for streamers and crank baits, as it open loop gives the bait a natural movement. This easy-to-tie knot can be tied with heavy monofilament—up to 50 pounds testing strength—and with braided line. For super lines, however, North American Fisherman pitted the King Sling against Berkey’s NanoFil knot, and the NanoFil performed better. Learn how to tie the King Sling Knot following the 5 steps below.

King sling knot step 1

Step 1: Pass the end of the line through the eye of the hook (or ring) and double back parallel to the standing line.

King sling knot step 2

Step 2: Form a loop in the double line.

King sling knot step 3

Step 3: Using your index finger rotate the newly formed loop counter-clockwise three or four times while holding the hook (or ring) in place. Then thread the hook (or ring) through the double loop you just created.

King sling knot step 4

Step 4: Lubricate the line. Tighten the knot by pulling the standing line and tag end in opposite directions.

King sling knot step 5

Step 5:Trim the tag end if necessary.

(Note: The King Sling Knot can be used to form an open loop. To form an open loop using the King Sling Knot, follow the above steps without using a hook or ring.)