With fishing action ramping up as we head towards summer, we thought now would be a great time to start a series on several basic fishing knots that can be used by a variety of anglers. 

Today we tackle the uni knot.

Read the instructions below, then watch the accompanying video for great step-by-step visuals.

The uni-knot, or hangman’s knot, is a great multi-purpose knot that has lots of uses: joining lines, attaching lures and swivels or attaching line to the arbor of a reel.

It’s a dependable knot that works well with braid, mono and fluorocarbon lines.

Remember to always moisten your line before pulling it tight, especially for fluorocarbon line that’s easily damaged by heat from friction.

How to tie a uni-knot:

1. Run line through the hook eye and double back forming a circle. 

2. Tie a uni-knot by wrapping the tag end around the double line six turns and then back through the loop. 

3. Moisten the line, then pull the mainline to tighten the knot. 

4. Pull mainline to slide the knot down to the eye of the hook or swivel.