How To Tie The Non-Slip Loop Knot (Plus Top 3 Mistakes To Avoid)

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The Non-Slip Loop Knot

The Non-Slip Loop Knot is a MUST KNOW knot for fishermen who use artificial lures.

This is my favorite loop knot for connecting to lures because it:

  • Is very fast and easy to tie
  • Has a strong breaking strength
  • Leaves a weedless tag end

In general, loop knots are extremely valuable to fishermen who use artificial lures because a good loop knot will help generate more strikes since it enables the lures to have more action in the water.

In this article, we show you the step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to tie the Non-Slip Loop Knot.

Plus, you can see a detailed video at the bottom of this article that shows it all done very close up with actual fishing line so that you can see all of the steps in action.

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Step-By-Step Instructions

Here are the core steps for tying the non-slip loop knot. This loop knot can be used for any type of mono/fluoro fishing line.

Note: We are using a fluorocarbon leader line in the tutorials below, and we connecting it to a topwater plug in this application.

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Step 1: Make an Overhand Loop 

Make an overhand loop about three to four inches up from the tag end of your line. Make sure the top side of your overhand loop is pointing up toward the main line.

step 1 non-slip loop knot

Step 2: Pull the Tag End of Line Through the Eye of the Lure

Pull the tag end of your leader line through the eye of your lure.

Step 2 of the non-slip loop knot
Step 2: Pull the tag end through the hook eye.

Step 3: Pull Your Tag End Through the Downward Side of Your Overhand Loop

Pull your tag end through the downward facing side of the overhand loop you made in Step 1. Pull both the tag end and main line until your overhand loop slides down to the hook eye. Pinch the overhand loop with your thumb and index finger.

Step 3 of the Non-Slip loop knot

step 3.1 of the non-slip loop knot

step 3.2 of the nonslip loop knot
Step 3: Pull the tag end through the overhand loop and pull the two lines until the loop slides down to the hook eye.

Step 4: Make 2 Wraps With the Tag End Around the Main Line

Use the tag end to make two wraps up the main line. Make sure all your twists go in the same direction up the main line.

step 4 of the non-slip loop knot

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Step 4: Make two wraps up the main line.

Step 5: Pull the Tag End Back Through the Loop

Pull the tag end from the top back through the upward facing side of the overhand loop. Pull the main line and tag end to make the knot finger tight.

step 5 of the non-slip loop knot

step 5.1 of the non-slip loop knot
Step 5: Pull the tag end through the overhand loop and pull the tag and main line to make the knot finger-tight.

Step 6: Wet and Cinch Knot, Cut the Tag End

Wet the knot with either water or spit. Let go of the tag end and pull the main line tight to cinch the knot. Cut the tag end of the line. Your Non-Slip Loop Knot is now complete.

step 6 of the non-slip loop knot

non-slip loop knot
Pull the knot tight and cut the tag ends. Your Non-Slip Loop Knot is complete.

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The Non-Slip Loop Knot Tutorial Video

The video below shows the entire process on how to tie the Non-Slip Loop Knot.

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If you follow the directions in the video above, you’ll be able to the tie the non-slip loop knot like a pro.

However, every so often people make a mistake when tying this knot and it could lead to things such as a weaker knot, a less weedless knot, or even a knot that can get tangled up in the lure and pretty much guarantee that you won’t catch fish.

Check out the video below to see the most common non-slip loop knot mistakes.

3 Common Non-Slip Loop Knot Mistakes

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Here are the three most common mistakes people make when tying this knot:

Mistake #1: They put the line through the wrong end of the loop. 

When you do this, the tag end won’t point down neatly toward the lure, making it more weedless.

Instead, the tag end will stick out to the side, making it more prone to snag grass as you retrieve your lure.

Of course, if you snag grass, you most likely won’t catch any fish.

And not only that, but it will also make the knot weaker.

Mistake #2: Making the loop too big.

When you tie this knot, the loop should be about the size of an M&M.

If you make it too big, it could get tangled around the hook, lure, or jig head, also making it unlikely for you to catch fish.

Mistake #3: Using this knot for all purposes.

This knot should only be used when you’re using a lure that needs extra action and when the lure you’re tying to doesn’t have a split ring.

It’s great for tying to jig heads or hard plastics that don’t have split rings, but if you’re using live bait, or tying to a lure that does have a split ring, then you’re better off going with a snug knot, like the Palomar knot.

Conclusion

The Non-Slip Loop Knot is a knot that I think every angler should know.

It is incredibly strong and gives your lures and baits great action and movement.

While there are simpler loop knots you can tie, nothing compares to what the Non-Slip Loop Knot offers anglers.

If you want to learn more about the best fishing knots, check out our guide to the strongest fishing knots of all time.

If you have any questions or comments about this knot, let us know in the comments section below.

Tight Lines!

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kevin morais
1 month ago

This thee easiest knot to tie and super fast to do on the water back to fishing in less than a minute

Brett McGill
2 months ago

Would you use a loop knot with a Texas Jig Head?

William Reed
4 months ago

Great detail. Thank you. Bill R

Grant Kessler
6 months ago

I get a “404 Not Found” error when clicking on the PDF button. Is this fixable? Would love to print and laminate for on the water. Thanks!

Brett McGill
2 months ago
Reply to  Grant Kessler

Pdf links still not working

Gregory Thebeau
9 months ago

When cinching the knot, my overhand loop has a tendency to close. Does this happen to others?

Mark Fears
3 months ago

I had the same problem. Got better results when I hand tighten pulling the tag end and the main. Wet the knot and let only pull on the main. I was inadvertently pulling on the lure which was causing my loop to close. It’s a tricky knot for certain. Took me a lot of tries and fails.

joe quellman
10 months ago

everything visually wrong in the demo. the use of that tiny “saltstrong” lure was unnecessary if not to also pitch it. large ring, thick line corrected lens angle, discarded lure and this tutorial is accomplished.

Matt Pfeiffer
7 months ago
Reply to  joe quellman

I have literally read this comment about 8 times and I just don’t understand what you are saying, at all. Can you clarify?

Ezekiel Ward
10 months ago

Thank you both Tony (for your video that had the hyperlink that brought me here) and Joe (for posting this how to) even though I come from the mountains mostly Bass, trout, musky, carp things like this I honestly wish I had known about this not and learned it sooner but still glad to have learned it now thanks again

CactusLadySouth
10 months ago

What is a split ring? I didn’t know tying my granddaughters lures of would be so complicated.

Matt Pfeiffer
7 months ago

If you pause the video at 5:56, it’s the “extra piece” that is touching his right index finger. It’s added onto the loop that is molded into the lure, but it can be removed, or left in place. Since that extra ring provides some “wiggle”, you would either leave it there and tie a tight/cinch not onto it, or remove it, and then tie a loop knot to the ring that is molded into the lure, to create the “wiggle” and flexibility that is wanted. Hoping that helps if you haven’t received any feedback yet.

Bubba....
11 months ago

Thanks guys! Very helpful.
W.B.

Graham Ferguson
1 year ago

You may want to edit the number of wraps to reflect your recent test results.

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