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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Graham Ferguson
26 days ago

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

David Tolbert
2 months ago

Thanks for the great video. Just an idea that might be helpful to those of us who struggle with things like this (like me) is if you were able to illustrate what you mean about following the line by adding color to the video over the part of the line you are referring to. I’ve watched it over and over and I sometimes get the tag end down and sometimes it’s up. That’s on me, but like I said, some of us are challenged more than others by this sort of thing. Thanks again.

Robbie Guess
3 months ago

I noticed that the lure you are using does not have an additional metal loop attached to it like the one found on a yozuri twitch bait.

If you have the metal ring on your lure. Is there a benefit to having the non slip loopknot as well?

It seems the extra loop that comes on it gives the lure some freedom to move more natural already so a regular cinch knot or uni knot would suffice?

Jim Coster
4 months ago

I have tied this knot for some years now. The gentleman who’s video I watched made the claim that it held much better with flouro than mono. It was suggested that it not be tied in mono. Looks like I need to test his theory.

Nick Noonan
4 months ago

I had trouble getting the tag end to point to the lure instead of out to the side. I realized it was because when tightening the knot, I was pulling the tag end too hard. Now I just pull it enough to keep the knot intact and tighten via the leader only. This also uses less leader to tie on another jig head, since there is no need to have a long tag end to wrap around my finger to tighten. I hope this may help others with making the knot weedless.

Rogelio Garza
5 months ago

Nice video, I bought me some Slam Shady, and got some Jigs for them, although now that I see the video again, I noticed that the jigs you are using have extremely big eyes, wondering if you can either tell me where to find some like that or give me the name of the jig? Thx 🙂

5 months ago
Reply to  Rogelio Garza

They are called Trout Eye jigs. Here’s a link to learn more about them: https://fishstrong.com/collections/saltwater-hooks/products/z-man-trout-eye-jighead

Chris Peguero
1 month ago
Reply to  Rogelio Garza

Bass pro has the as well if there out at salt strong

Tim Hunter
5 months ago

love your tips, but My fingers dont work like that anymore.

priddlem@ymail.com
5 months ago

smart to show mistakes! Of course I made them all plus 3 more you didn’t get to. I should be your test dummy

Skipper Strong
6 months ago

I’m glad I joined this group and have spent a lot of my initial time going through the multitude of things available as an Insider to learn new tricks and get up to speed on gadgets. One of the gadgets I started using a couple of years ago is a Norton Quick Twist, which makes changing out lures pretty quick, if a little tough on the fingers and thumbs at times. I tie the attached swivel to the main line with a uni knot that has yet to fail me. However, my question is whether or not the Norton Quick Twist device is comparable to the loop knot in terms of lure action. Is this something you might investigate?

Patrick P
6 months ago

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