How to Tie an Arbor Knot

If you’re looking for how to tie the fishing line to the reel, you should learn the arbor knot.

how to tie an arbor knot

The arbor knot is a simple fisherman’s knot used to attach a fishing line to the arbor of a reel.

The arbor knot may look complicated, but if you practice it a few times, you’ll get it.

Tying the Arbor Knot

  1. Wrap the line around the spool using the tag end in a clockwise direction.
  2. Make a loop around the standing line with the tag end. Tie an overhand knot and pull until it’s snug.
  3. Make a second overhand knot in the tag end right above the first one. (Optional, you tie the overhand knot in the tag in first if you’d like).
  4. Slide both knots to tighten against the spool. Use saliva or liquid to reduce the friction.
  5. Clip the tag end.
how to tie an arbor knot


  • Backfill the knot with mono when putting braid on a reel or using tape to prevent slipping.
  • If you have a highly polished and slippery reel, increase friction by winding the line multiple times around the arbor and then make the first knot. The wraps should be tight around the spool as you turn.
  • Moisten the line before pulling. This will reduce friction when you are tying the line to reel and when you are tying the arbor knot.


  • Will not slip off when you are winding the fishing line around the spool.
  • The best choice of knot for monofilament and fluorocarbon lines.
  • Good for tying line to reel.


  • This knot can only be used with different lines if the spool has braid ready and non-slippery.
  • It can leave a large bump on the spool.
  • Tying braid to spool can slip.


  • It’s used to attach a line to the spool.


  • 100% Arbor Knot – A simple arbor knot does not have enough strength to withstand the weight of a large fish, but the 100% arbor fishing reel knot does.
  • Uni Knot – This fishing knot is also known as the Duncan Loop Knot and the Grinner Knot, and it is ideal for terminal and monetization tackle.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do you make an arbor knot?

A: If you’re looking to put a line on a spinning reel, then first make a loop and put it around your spool. Then do an overhand knot over the two lines. Then do an overhand knot on the tag end. Pull tight after moistening. This knot works on fly reels as well.

The Anglers Behind This Article:

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler

Aubrey Cayanan

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