How to Tie a Fish n Fool Knot

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Have you ever wondered how strong your fishing knot is? Understanding fishing knots is essential for any angler since it can mean the difference between a successful catch and a dismal day on the water. This article covers everything there is to know about the Fish N Fool Knot.

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The Fish ‘N Fool Knot is a Uni that has a double wrap through the eye of your tackle. 

It is a secure knot that is easy to tie and should be one that is kept in your arsenal when you need a bit more strength than a standard Uni.

How to Tie the Fish N Fool Knot

Here’s how to tie the fish n fool knot.

  1. Place your line through the hook eye of your tackle twice.

  2. Pull tight so that the wrap is secure, then with the tag end form a loop.

  3. Wrap the tag end at least five times, starting from the side closest to your tackle.

  4. Pull the tag end to nearly cinching down the knot, then moisten.

  5. Pull the main line to slide the knot down to the tackle until it’s fully seated.

  6. Cut the tag end near the knot.

You can also watch this video to help with knotting the Fish N Fool Knot.

YouTube video

The Fish N Fool Knot At a Glance

The Fish N Fool Knot can be used to tie any type of tackle, including monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid.

After winning in its category in the North American Fishing’s “Knot Wars” series, the Fish N Fool Knot’s popularity skyrocketed.

It has become a favorite among anglers for its ease of tying. Another loved feature is how it can hold in slippery braided lines just like the San Diego Jam Knot and Palomar Knot.

In a nutshell, the Fish N Fool Knot is just a Uni Knot that’s tied with two turns through the hook eye. In comparison, the Uni only has one turn. The double line makes the Fish N Fool Knot stronger than Uni Knot and allows it to hold in a braided line.

When To Use the Fish N Fool Knot

The Fish N Fool Knot is a dependable option for various fishing conditions.

The Fish-n-Fool Knot is a versatile tool. It can be used to tie any type of tackle, including monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid. The versatility of this knot makes it a dependable choice for a variety of fishing conditions, creating a strong and solid connection between your line and tackle.

Common Mistakes When Tying the Fish N Fool Knot

It can be challenging to tie the Fish N Fool Knot the first time but with enough practice, you’ll find it easier.

Have you ever attempted to tie a knot only to have it slip or break when you least expected it? Tying the Fish N Fool Knot can feel like a complex dance of fingers and fishing line at times. But don’t be concerned! Let’s look at some of the most common mistakes individuals make when making this knot and how to avoid them.

Mistake 1: Not Wrapping Enough Times

Pretend you’re constructing a tower out of blocks. Your tower may not be very solid if you only utilize a few blocks. The Fish N Fool Knot is the same way. The knot may not hold if you do not loop the line around enough times. Five wraps is usually the magic number. Remember, five wraps equals a strong knot!

Mistake 2: Forgetting to Moisten the Knot

Think about going down a water slide. Isn’t it much simpler when the slide is wet? The same holds true for your tie. Moisten the knot with water or saliva before tightening it. This decreases friction and allows the knot to slip into position without causing any damage to the line.

Mistake 3: Pulling the Wrong End

Think about trying to open a door that simply will not budge. Then you notice that it’s a push door! When tying the Fish N Fool Knot, we occasionally tug the wrong end of the line. Always remember to bring the main line down to the tackle to slip the knot down.

Mistake 4: Leaving a Long Tag End

Assume you’re wearing a hat, but the tag is visible. It’s not a significant deal, but it’s preferable if the tag is hidden. Make sure to clip the tag end close to the knot after tying your Fish N Fool Knot. But be mindful not to sever the main line!

Fish N Fool Knot vs Other Knots

Fish N Fool Knot vs. Double Uni Knot

Double Uni Knot
Double Uni Knot

The Double Uni is great for joining two lines together. The Fish-N-Fool Knot is used to secure your hook or lure to your line.

Fish N Fool Knot vs. Grinner Knot

Uni Knot

The Grinner Knot is another name for the Uni and only has a single wrap around the lure hook eye before completing the rest of the fishing knot.

Fish N Fool Knot vs Palomar Knot

These two knots are comparable in strength.

The Fish ‘N Fool Knot knot is more comfortable than a Palomar when you have a large lure or multiple hooks and can’t fit it around to complete it.

Alternative Knots

Here are alternative knots you can use if you’re having a hard time tying the Fish N Fool Knot.

Palomar Knot 

Palomar Knot

San Diego Jam Knots

San Diego Jam
San Diego Jam Knot

Uni Knots

Uni Knot

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you tie a Palomar knot?

Place your doubled line through the hook and make an overhand knot and pull the hook through the loop you created, moisten, and cinch tight.

When should I use the Fish N Fool Knot?

Think of the Fish N Fool Knot as your trusty all-rounder. It’s like a Swiss Army knife in your fishing toolkit. You can use it to tie any tackle, whether you’re using monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braid.

How many wraps should I do when tying the Fish N Fool Knot?

Remember the magic number five. When tying the Fish N Fool Knot, you should wrap the line around at least five times for a sturdy knot.

What should I do if my Fish N Fool Knot keeps slipping?

If your knot is slipping, it’s like trying to hold onto a bar of soap. It might be because you’re not moistening the knot before pulling it tight. Try wetting the knot with a bit of water or saliva before pulling the main line.

How close should I cut the tag end after tying the knot?

You want to trim the tag end close to the knot, but be careful not to cut the main line!

The Verdict

So what have we learned? The Fish N Fool Knot, a fishing knot champion, is a versatile and strong choice for any angler. This knot is suitable for use with monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braid. Remember to wrap the line at least five times before drawing it tight, to moisten the knot before pulling it tight, and to trim the tag end near to the knot.

But keep in mind that even the best knots might come undone if not tied correctly. So, keep an eye out for the common errors we discussed. Comment down below if you have any questions!

Remember that practice makes perfect. Take out your fishing line and practice your Fish N Fool Knot. It may appear difficult at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be tying this knot like a pro in no time. So, go ahead and give it a shot! After all, a properly tied knot is the first step toward a successful fishing trip. Have fun fishing!

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing enthusiast. He has over 25 years of fishing experience, and 6 years of spearfishing experience, and is currently learning how to boat. Jon has his Open Water PADI Certification and FII Freediver Level 1 Certification. Jon has traveled the world to fish and dive, most notably in the Great Barrier Reef, Baja Mexico, Thailand, and Malaysia. More Articles
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