Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is regarded by anglers as one of the very best fishing knots due to its strength and reliability. The Palomar is used to tie a fly to a tippet or leader, or a line to a hook.

After passing the loop through the eye, use the loop to tie an overhand knot, then pass the loop over the hook and tighten it around the bight under the eye. The hook will freely rotate in the knot.

Some instructors of the Palomar Knot place the final loop against the hook shaft instead of down around the bight, but most fishermen feel that this limits the movement of the hook and recommend the technique as illustrated here. Learn how to tie the Palomar Knot following the 6 steps below.

Palomar knot step 1

Step 1: Form a loop at the end of the line and feed it up and through the eye of the hook.

Palomar knot step 2

Step 2: Wrap the loop down and around the double lines.

Palomar knot step 3

Step 3: Pass the end loop up and through the newly formed loop to create an overhand knot.

Palomar knot step 4

Step 4: Pass the end loop over the hook and down around the knot.

Palomar knot step 4

Palomar knot step 4

Palomar knot step 4

Palomar knot step 5

Step 5:Lubricate the knot and pull the tag and standing ends to tighten the knot.

Palomar knot step 5

Palomar knot step 6

Step 6: Trim the tag end.