How to Tie an Arbor Knot


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

The arbor knot is a simple fisherman’s knot that is used to attach a fishing line to the arbor of a reel. As a novice, you may have difficulty tying one at first.

The arbor knot may look complicated, but it is not difficult to create. Contrary to popular belief, the knot isn’t to hold when the reel spool runs out as a fish tries to escape but to ensure you don’t lose your rod and reel overboard.

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Tying the Arbor Knot

  1. Twist the line around the wheel arbor of the spool using the tag end.
  2. Make an overhand knot around the line with the free end. Pulling the open end of the string through the loop and pull till you get a knot.
  3. Make a second overhand knot in the tag end right above the first one.
  4. Slide both knots to tighten against the harbor to make sure they hold
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, add tape to the spool or use mono backfill.


  • It’s used to attach a line to the spool.
  • This knot prevents the rod from slipping from your hands and going overboard as you are reeling in a fish.


  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do you make an arbor knot?

A: If you’re looking for how 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.

Q: What is a Canadian jam knot?

A: This knot is guaranteed to hold in any situation you find yourself in when you are fishing. 

The Anglers Behind This Article:

Jon Stenstrom

Johanes Godoy

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