How to Tie the Rapala Knot

The Rapala Knot is the best one to use for attaching your lure to a nylon monofilament or fluorocarbon leader of less than 50lb breaking strain.

This knot doesn't snug up tight to the lure, but creates a loop which gives the lure freedom to move as its designers intended.

For larger diameter mono, and all multi-strand wire line, you'll need to use a crimped connection.

For a single-strand wire leader, the Haywire Twist is your only option.

However tempting, what you should never do is to use a snap swivel to attach the lure as this may prevent the lure from operating as it was designed to.

Here's how to tie the Rapala Knot...

How to Tie the Rapala Knot, Stage 1Stage 1

First, tie an overhand knot and pass the tag end through the lure's attachment eye.

How to Tie the Rapala Knot, Stage 2Stage 2

Then, wrap the tag end three times around the standing part of the line before tucking it back through the overhand knot as shown.

How to Tie the Rapala Knot, Stage 3Stage 3

Next, pass the tag end back through the loop you've formed ...

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... and finally pull the knot up tight.


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