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

not slip loop knot
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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Bill
2 years ago

Thanks so much for the great tutorial video! I’ll be sure to give this knot a try on my next trip.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Our pleasure Bill.

Rich Despault
2 years ago

I have been using this knot since you first mentioned it a couple of months ago. I love it. It is strong and easy to tie, even in the Texas winds. My question is what is the lure that your tying it to. It’s an excellent reproduction of a Mullet.

2 years ago
Reply to  Rich Despault

Glad to see that you’re enjoying this loop knot. The lure shown in this video is a Rapala Skitter Walk… color is call :Shad Translucent”. Here’s a link to their site: https://www.rapala.com/rapala/lures/skitter-series/skitter-walk/Skitter+Walk.html

Mike Jones
2 years ago

I am going fishing Monday and will give this and others things I have learned since my last trip and let you know how it worked for me.

2 years ago
Reply to  Mike Jones

Sounds good Mike. Best of luck to you out on the water!

Tim Gibson
2 years ago

Is this different from the Kreh Loop Knot?

2 years ago
Reply to  Tim Gibson

This “Non-Slip Loop Knot” is the same knot as what many people call the Kreh Loop Knot (from what I’ve been told at least).

Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I thought Steve Huff was the first to tie this?

Michael Teague
2 years ago

Can you guys do me a favor? Please do a strength test for this very same knot BUT go through the lure eye and the overhand loop TWICE. This gives you two loops. its basically a trylene knot,loop style. I’ve been tying mine this way for years but never did a strength test. I would be very interested in your findings (as I’m sure others would as well)
Thanks in advance, Mike

Nick
2 years ago

Nice…guess ive been tying the best loop knot for 40 yrs and didnt even know it! lol. And the reason ive used it for so long is that the tag end lays flat pointing down toward the lure which makes it more weedless. Dont know officially how strong it is but ive never had one break or slip.

rick
2 years ago

Have you tested this knot for break strength vs the rapala knot 20 lb test to 100 lb test?

allen tufts
2 years ago

Luke, thank you for the knot instructional video, I’ve used this knot for a long time with great results. It reminds me of a bowline knot but the rabbit goes around the tree four times in the case.

Thank you

Mike Shannon
2 years ago

I’ve been using this knot since you published this instruction, but yesterday i lost two fish due to this knot slipping loose. So, I’m back for remedial instruction.
Question : 1st step, what does this mean “Make sure the top side of your overhand loop is pointing up toward the main line.”? Maybe this is where I’m making a mistake…

Thanks for the great info – always!

2 years ago
Reply to  Mike Shannon

If you look at the 1:14 mark of the video, you’ll see that the overhand loop that is right above the lure is facing upward towards the right side (top of it is on the left side and bottom is on the right side), so a straight line through it would angle up on the right.

And when threading the tag end through the loop (going both up towards the mainline on the way up, and then back down towards the lure at the end), it is important to follow the angle of that overland loop.

Watch the video closely as I thread the tag on the way up and down as it relates to the angle of that overhand loop and you’ll see that I follow the same angle as the imaginary line that would be pointing directly through that overhand loop.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Been using this knot for a long time but only do 2 wraps and I don’t go through the center of the loop I go between the tag end going through the loop and the loop itself. It seems to snug down a little better and be slightly less bulky. ALWAYS make sure you wet the knot with saliva before pulling tight. One of the best parts about this knot is that once you trim the tag it faces away from you so it doesn’t have the tendency to pick up so much weed/debris.

Pablo Diaz
2 years ago

Great knot

Sam Sheffield
2 years ago

Great video, I’ve had to watch it a few times to get it down pat but it works great! Thanks Luke

Bill Reeves
2 years ago

Another great knot is a figure eight Tarpon knot, I learned it from a charter Captain while fishing in the Keys. I now use it on my fresh water lures as well. I find that the lures action is much better when these knots are used

George Harris
2 years ago

I know that yall have covered this in another video……..but what are the name brand on those hooks on that lure. I want to replace my treble hooks with those.

2 years ago
Reply to  George Harris

The name is “Single Replacement Hook”… made by Owner.

Mark
2 years ago

Isn’t that a Rapala Knot? I have been using that forever.

Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Mark

It looks like the first part of our power not put finishes up differently

2 years ago
Reply to  Mark

The Rapala Knot is very similar… the only difference is that the Rapala has one extra step where the tag end gets pushed through that final loop and ends up pointing back towards the rod tip. Here’s a link to see it in action: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/rapala-knot/

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why are you not using this on a swiffell instead of on lure?

Edward S Orenstein
2 years ago

can this knot be used with braided line?

Jay
2 years ago

Would you ever consider using a surgeons knot to tie off a lure or to a hook, I like the fact I can easily slip off the hook or lure if I need without redoing the knot.

2 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Most lures do best when they have maximized freedom of movement in the water, so I use a loop knot for pretty much all lures (non-slip loop knot is my favorite). Although it can’t slide on and off like the surgeon’s knot, it provides much more freedom of movement and it’s very quick to tie so lure changes are not a problem.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I call that a blood not want you tired it never comes out

Don
1 year ago

Does it work with braid?

1 year ago
Reply to  Don

The non-slip loop knot does not work very well with braid. I recommend a 4 to 6 turn surgeons loop knot for braid: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/surgeons-loop-knot-braid/

Bob
1 year ago

Wet the knot with water. The acids in spit ca react with the line and cause it to weaken.

Bob
1 year ago

My granddaddy showed me a knot very similar to this one in the mid/late fifties when er first started using monofilament line..
Knots weaken the line by generating heat when it’s pulled together. You would say can’t be that much heat, not that much line diameter either.

Melvin Lunn
1 year ago

Also the loop at the end aids in better action of the lure. It allows some movement of the head on the lure. It is a very strong knot. I have been using it for years

Anonymous
1 year ago

Jus learn the polymer knot, by far thr easiest, strongest and works great with beaids or fireline. #bestknotever

Anonymous
5 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Check the Orvis, pretty simple too and you can use it with big lures with a lot of hooks that don’t like to go through the Palomar’s loop

Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The palomar is a great knot.

Anonymous
5 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Unless you are tying a big lure with a lot of hooks, hard to get the lure through the loop, Orvis for them

Barry Wood
1 year ago

Can you use this knot for jig heads also?
Do you plan on getting more trout eye jig heads?

Richard Trester
1 year ago

How about showing us the easiest way to change out hooks on top water lures.

Alex
1 year ago

Many thanks Luke, I had used this knot today and got my first ever fish by lure!!

Caden Kaufman
7 months ago

Great article! Could ya’ll review the Jx4 braid, by daiwa.

Adam Goetz
7 months ago

I notice that when you go back through the loop, you go through the overhand knot itself, but other online diagrams show that you pass back through outside of the actual overhand knot. My loop knots are usually crooked, I wonder if that is why…

Anonymous
7 months ago

I am surprised that you recommend spit as the lubricant for this or any knot. In this same email you describe negative scents one of which is human scent. Surely we should use the water we are floating on for lubrication. Taken to the ultimate level we should use surgical rubber gloves dipped in tuna oil or chum to ensure no contamination of the lure and add a positive scant. What do you think? What about a trial to see if there is any difference?.

Matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I always use an attractant like Pro Cure or S-Factor on all of my soft plastics and rub some on my fingers before touching any lures or lines. They don’t just eliminate human scent but also contain bite attractants & UV activated compounds. Combined with using the right retrieve with whatever lure I use my strike rate went right up when using these gels.

6 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Human’s scent from skin is a negative, but human saliva tested to be a positive per the research that we discussed in the podcast video.

Bryce Thompson
6 months ago

Ive used the same exact knot my hole live and have always had problems with it slipping off artificial lures. This not does NOT slip and it is extremely simple.

6 months ago
Reply to  Bryce Thompson

What line(s) were you using when you had issues with this knot slipping out?

Anonymous
5 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I think he meant he has been using the same knot over and over his whole life (not this knot) and it has been slipping, He is then saying he is now using this knot and it doesn’t slip.

Eric B Rasmusen
4 months ago

I like your site because you actually think about the knots and tell us interesting things about them rather than just how to tie them. And, of course, you test them, something really obvious which most knot experts don’t seem to think of doing. And, you give us your opinions as to what is better and worse rather than leaving us with a million knots in no particular order. I hope you think of doing this for other kinds of knots too, not just fishing knots.

Greg Bock
4 months ago

Would you ever use a snap swivel hooked up to the lure, whether or not it has a snap ring?

Patrick P
3 months ago

Trying to submit for the pdf instructions but for some reason the email won’t send.

Skipper Strong
2 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?

priddlem@ymail.com
2 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

Tim Hunter
2 months ago

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

Rogelio Garza
1 month 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 🙂

1 month 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

Nick Noonan
1 month 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.

Jim Coster
17 days 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.

Robbie Guess
2 days 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?

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