How to Tie the Haywire Twist

If you’re going for big fish or even sharks, then it’s important to know how to tie a haywire twist knot. It’s known to be the strongest connection for joining wire to a lure, swivel, or hook by big game fishermen.

Tying wire fishing line can be a bit challenging if you’ve never done it before. The worst thing to do is wait to try and figure it out on the water…these large creatures (sharks, mackerel, wahoo, barracuda, goliath grouper, etc.) will break off a poorly wrapped haywire twist knot in an instant.

If you’re looking for how to tie wire leader to swivel…well you’ve come to the right place. Let’s show you how easy it is to tie a haywire twist knot so you can catch huge fish! We’re sharing a step by step guide from working the tag end to the barrel wraps.

Haywire Twist Knot Tying Instructions: Step by Step Guide

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  1. Take your wireline and place it through the eye of your hook or another object.
  2. Bend the wire so that it wraps around the eye loop and forms a 90-degree rounded angle.
  3. Twist the wire around itself (these are called the haywire twist knot or haywire wraps) and give it five haywire wraps. Now that you’re done with your haywire wraps, it’s time to do your first barrel wrap.
  4. Take the tag end and do one barrel wrap, then two until you have five barrel wraps around the standing line. These are single-strand tight loops that should be touching each other if possible.
  5. Work the tag end back and forth until the wire breaks at the last barrel wrap. It’s better to do it this way than to use a cutting tool as this tool will leave a sharp dangerous burr on the tag end which could cut you when you’re trying to bring in the mackerel or other fish.
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A wire leader used to catch a shark. Source: Mrs. Gemstone
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Haywire Twist Tips

Here are haywire twist tips to help you get it right:

  • It’s always best to practice rigging the haywire twist knot up at home before you get on the boat. You might find that the diameter wire you’re using is too thick and can’t be formed by hand. It’s nice to know that you need fishing pliers to help ahead of time.
  • The first 4 wraps are called the haywire wraps while the next 4 wraps are called rolls or barrel wraps.
  • When done, the wire leader should look like a DNA helix that has been closed by a tight barrel wraps.
  • When tying, ensure that the tag end and the standing part of the wire cross each other at more than 90 degrees angle.

Haywire Twist Knot Tool

If you’re going to be making a lot of these wire leader connections and barrel wraps, then it might be beneficial to invest in a haywire twist tool that can make the process easy.

Recommended haywire twist knot tool: This haywire twist tool has been shown to work on 45 and 60-pound Marlin single-strand wire.

American Fishing Wire Haywire Twist Tool, Black
  • For use with American Fishing Wire Tooth Proof wire sizes 3…
  • Makes perfect haywire twist connections every time
  • Small enough to keep in your pocket
Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing and spearfishing enthusiast. He's been fishing since he was 5 years old in the backcountry of Yosemite for trout and in the surf near his home in SoCal. Over the past 4 years, he's been spearfishing up and down the coast of California. He started Cast and Spear to help inspire others to get outside and chase their dream fish. Notable catches include spearing a 65-pound white sea bass, large grouper, and yellowtail down in Baja. When he's not in the water, he's usually fishing from his Gregor Baja aluminum boat or inflatable Takacat catamaran.
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