How to Tie the Orvis Knot [Including Strength Test Results]
By: Luke Simonds on February 19, 2018
The ‘Orvis Knot’ has been one of my personal favorite knots over the past 20+ years for connecting a leader line to a hook and/or swivel.
I like it because it’s a very easy knot to tie, it’s very small, and it has a shockingly high breaking strength.
This is a knot that I learned many years ago and I just assumed that it’s primary benefit was simply how easy and quick this knot is to tie.
But after doing a lot of structured knot strength experiments, I have been shocked at how strong is relative to many other popular knots (strength details below).
How to Tie the Orvis Knot
The Orvis knot can be tied following these super easy steps. They are shown below in a list, and there is a video below that will help you see exactly how it is all done.
5 Steps To Tie The Orvis Knot
- Thread tag end through eye of lure/hook
- Twist tag end behind mainline to form a loop
- Thread tag end through the loop you just formed (which forms another loop)
- Thread tag end through this 2nd loop two times
- Pull the knot tight
Here’s a quick video showing how to tie the Orvis Knot. As you’ll see, it leaves its tag end pointed away from the rod so it’s the most weedless of the knots used in this contest.
When you use leaders with a higher breaking strength than the main line, the knots used to connect leaders to a hook, swivel, or lure do not necessarily have to be the absolute strongest knot for that particular type of connection.
You just need one that is stronger than the breaking strength of the connection to your lighter mainline.
Be sure to consider it’s ease of tying along with its ability to not snag onto weeds or floating debris because a small piece of debris that gets caught on the tag end can completely ruin your chance of getting strikes.
Leave a comment below if you have any questions about the Orvis Knot.
Otherwise, click the link below to see the full listing of knots I’ve tested so far sorted based on their tested strengths.
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