Pitzen Knot

The Pitzen Knot is also known as the 16-20 or the Eugene Bend Knot. It is used to tie a fly, hook, or lure to fishing line. It retains up to 95% of the line’s breaking strength, and is easier to make in lighter lines rather than heavier ones. Learn how to tie the Pitzen Knot following the 6 steps below.

Pitzen knot step 1

Step 1: Pass the tag end of the line through the eye of the hook and then back under the the standing part of the line.

Pitzen knot step 2

Step 2: About three inches from the eye of the hook, wrap the tag end around the two parallel lines. Continue to wrap the tag end around the lines four times moving toward the eye of the hook.

Pitzen knot step 3

Step 3: Thread the tag end back through the small loop nearest the first wrap.

Pitzen knot step 4

Step 4: Lubricate the knot. Tighten the knot around the standing line using your finders, not by pulling the standing line. After the knot is in the correct position to the hook, pull the lines to tighten the knot.

Pitzen knot step 5

Step 5: Trim the tag end.