How to Tie the Centauri Knot

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The Centauri Knot is an ideal fishing knot for anglers who want to secure a line for their bait and tackle. Credited to Australian fishing legend, Dick Lewers, this knot can be tied in any size monofilament that is used to secure terminal tackle and to secure a hook. 

It works by attaching a fishing line to a reel. The great thing about it is that it applies minimum friction, which makes it preferable over the Arbor knot. 

Tying the Centauri Knot

Centauri Knot

Step 1

Pass a thread line through the eye of the hook and create a loop around the standing fishing line using the tag end. Secure the loop using your thumb and forefinger to hold it in place.

Step 2

Create a second loop by repeating the step, as mentioned earlier, around the standing line and hold both of the loops in place with your thumb and forefinger.

Step 3

Repeat the step to create a third loop and hold all three loops in place using your thumb and forefinger again. Make sure your hold does not loosen, or it will unravel. 

Step 4

Make the tag end of the line pass through the loops and create the knot by pulling it gently.

Step 5

Once the knot is good and tight, line the lure or hook to hang from one of the loops.

Step 6

Glide the knot down to the hook eye and cut off the excess line from the tag end. 

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Centauri Knot Tying Guide

Uni Knot vs. Centauri Knot

When looking at the Uni vs. Centauri knot, the Centauri knots make a figure 8 pattern when unraveled, but that is the only similarity that they have. The main difference between the two knots is the direction of the tag ends. The Uni knot’s tag end stands up 90 degrees to the tag line, and the figure 8 pattern runs parallel. The tag end of the Centauri knot lies almost flush with the line. 


  • Use the Centauri knot to secure the terminal tackle 
  • Attach a fishing line to a reel securely using the Centauri knot
  • It is ideal for tying hooks, rigs, and swivels. 

Advantages and Disadvantages

This knot functions well with a wide range of line diameters, and it can also retain about 90% of its strength. It is also quite easy to tie, which makes it a popular choice among novice and sports anglers. 

Alternative Knots

Double Centauri Knot – This knot is ideal for tying lines that are of different diameters together and has a 75 to 80% breaking strength.

Arbor Knot – Use this fishing knot to tie your fishing line to the spool of any fishing reel. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Centauri knot strength?

This knot can retain almost 90% of the strength of a line and won’t break even if you hook a rambunctious fish.

Who was Dick Lewers?

He is an Australian professional angler who invented the Centauri knot.

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