How to Tie a Knotless Knot

The Knotless Knot is famous for carp fishing, especially when creating the Hair Rig. This allows the bait free of the hook allowing the best chance for the hook to penetrate the fish.

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Tying the Knotless Knot

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  1. Do a single overhand loop knot at the end of your line.
  2. Take the opposite end of your line and place it through the eye of the hook. You can make the loop end any length way from the hook as you’d like.
  3. If the eye of your hook has a sharp edge, then make sure you begin wrapping your end on the side that doesn’t have that edge; otherwise, your knot can be cut.
  4. Wrap your line down as many turns as you prefer, but generally at least five.
  5. Place the tag end of your line and put it back through the eye of your hook. Pull tight.
Knotless knot and hair rig


  • Knotless Knots are great for tying hooks in series.
  • The Knotless Knot is excellent for specific rigs that require a hook to be snelled.
  • With the loop at the end of the knot behind the hook, you can attach different baits like boilies.
  • With a fully-exposed hook, you can also self-hook a fish if tied correctly.


  • If you don’t know how to tie a hair rig, then you risk the possibility of having the bait wrap around the mainline and rendering the Hair Rig useless. 
  • When tying a hook, make sure you do enough wraps to hold the shank.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How to tie a carp hair rig?

A: Create an overhand loop fishing knot then put the tag end through the eye. Wrap the mono or thread around the shank at least five times, then fish the tag end back through the eye of the hook. Moisten and pull the loop end, and the tag end tight to secure it in its final resting position.

Q: How do you make knotless knots?

A: You make a knotless knot by doing a series of wraps over the tag end of the line that’s resting on the shank of the hook then locking down the other end by putting it through the eye of the hook.

Q: How do you tie a knotless hair rig?

A: Follow the fishing instructions above.

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Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler

Johanes Godoy
Fishing Editor

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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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