How To Tie A Blood Knot On Fishing Line

A blood knot is one of the most versatile fishing knots out there. It’s easy to tie and very effective when it comes to fishing.

How To Tie A Blood Knot

The best thing about this knot is that you don’t need any special equipment to make one. You just require a piece of cord and some pliers. It is the favorite of fly fishermen.

Keep on reading to find out how to tie a blood knot. 

What Is A Blood Knot?

In order to understand how to tie a blood knot, we first have to understand what a blood knot does. In general, a blood knot is used to join two strands of equal size.

This can be done with either monofilament or braided fishing line

When tying a blood knot, you are basically joining two pieces of line together. It is one of the favorite knots of fly fishermen, as it is such a strong knot to use on your line.

This knot can be traced by sailing and is referred to as the barrel knot. 

Below we are going to go into further detail on how to tie different blood knots. There are more than you may expect!

Tying A Blood Knot

To begin, you will need to cut your line into two equal lengths. Then, take one of these pieces and wrap it around the other.

Next, bring both ends of the line back through the loop. Finally, pull them tight against each other. 

Once you have completed this step, you should have a nice secure knot.

Types Of Blood Knots

Types Of Blood Knots

There are many types of blood knots. Some of the most common ones include the blood knot, the blood knot with slip-loop, the blood knot with bight, the blood knot with overhand, and the blood knot with underhand. 

Each of these knots has its own unique characteristics. For example, the blood knot with a slip-loop is great for tying down lures. On the other hand, the blood knot with an overhand is perfect for adding weight to a leader.

How To Tie A Blood Knot With Overhand Loop

To tie a blood knot with an overhand loop, simply follow the same steps listed above. After you have finished wrapping the line around itself, you will need to add another wrap.

Make sure that you do this before pulling the two ends tight. 

Now, you will need to pull the two ends of the line apart so that they form an overhand loop. Pulling the line apart will create tension in the knot. This tension will help keep the knot secure.

How To Tie The Blood Knot With Slip-Loop

This type of blood knot is great for tying down a lure. It is also useful for making a swivel. To tie a blood knot using a slip-loop, simply follow the same instructions given above.

After you have wrapped the line around itself, make sure that you leave at least 5 inches of slack between the two ends. 

Next, pull the two ends of the line apart. You will notice that there is now a gap between the two lines. This is where you will place the slip-loop.

Take the end of the line that is closest to the knot and push it through the loop. Repeat this process until all the lines have been tied off.

How To Tie Blood Knot With Bight

This type of blood knot is similar to the blood knot with a bight. Like the blood knot with a loop, this knot is great for tying lures. However, unlike the blood knot with a loose loop, this knot does not require any extra wraps.

To tie a blood knot with a bight, simply follow the same directions as those given above. 

When you have completed your first wrap, take the end of the line and fold it over on top of itself. Then, bring the folded portion of the line-up through one of the holes.

Continue doing this until you have formed a complete circle. Finally, pull the two ends together and tighten them.

How To Tie Two or More Blood Knots Together

If you want to connect multiple blood knots together, you can use either a double or triple blood knot.

To tie a double blood knot, simply follow the same instruction given above. In order to tie a blood knot with a triple loop, you will need three separate blood knots. 

Start by tying a single blood knot. Once you have completed your first blood knot, cut the line about 2 inches from the knot.

Fold the end of the line over onto itself. Then, bring both ends of the line-up and through the loop. Repeat these steps until you have connected all the knots together.

How to Tie a Blood Knot Without Loops

You may find yourself needing to tie a blood knot without having access to loops. Luckily, you don’t need to worry because there are many ways to accomplish this task.

For example, you could try wrapping the line around something else. 

Another option would be to tie the knot while holding the line in your hand. Yet another way would be to use a slipknot instead of a blood knot.

Characteristics of A Blood Knot

A blood knot has several advantages. It is a really easy knot to tie that is quite strong. Alongside this, it is durable to deal with whatever it is faced with, but the disadvantage is that it is very hard to undo.

If you do manage to get it undone, then it may become difficult to reattach it again. 

This knot is commonly used to secure things such as hooks, lures, flies, etc. The most important thing when tying a Blood Knot is to keep tension on the line.

If the line is too tight, the knot won’t hold well. On the other hand, if the line is too loose, the knot will come undone easily.

Final Thoughts

The blood knot is an extremely versatile knot. It is perfect for attaching hooks, lures, and flies. It is also ideal for creating a swivel.

There are many types of blood knots, so it is important to learn how to tie each of them correctly. By learning how to tie a blood knot, you will be able to create beautiful and effective knots that will last forever.

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