Fishing & Boating in the Northwoods

Tying the Trilene Knot

trilene knot

If you are more of an “old school” guy like me, you probably still use monofilament line on your reels. And there is nothing wrong with that! So, if that is the case, the Trilene knot is a good one to know how to tie. It is definitely a strong and reliable knot used to join monofilament line to hooks, swivels and lures.

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Slippage is very minimal, and the knot is a stronger alternative to the clinch knot. If the eye of the hook has a greater thickness than the line diameter, the double wrap though the eye will definitely ease some of the stress on the line. And importantly, the Trilene Knot is a very easy knot to tie!

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Trilene Knot – Step 1

Start by passing the tag end of the line through the eye of the hook or lure a single time, as shown… It really makes no difference whether you pass the tag end under or over the line after going through the eye — just be consistent as you continue.

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Step 2

Bring the tag end through the eye a second time.

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Step 3

Now wrap it around the standing end of the line…

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five or six times.

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Step 4

Lastly, thread the tag end of the line

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back through the double coil (just above the eye) created back in step one.

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Step 5

Lubricate the knot (simply use saliva) and pull it tight.

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Trim the end — but not too short (about where the arrow is pointing). Voila! Your Trilene knot is ready to go! If you would like to watch a video version, just click!



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Fishing since the age of eight.  Seriously writing since the age of 16. Chef and foodie from the age of 22 years… and counting. So much to learn and so little time. I have enjoyed every minute of it all.  Whether on the water (where I like it best), in the kitchen, or at the keyboard, churning out content, I feel like I have found my place.  I am sharing it with you in the hope that some of what I love to do will rub off on you. I hope to see you On the Lake!

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