How To Tie The Perfection Loop [Picture And Video Tutorial]

By: Luke Simonds on August 27, 2018
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The Perfection Loop

The Perfection Loop

The Perfection Loop is one of the most popular loop knots in fishing. It’s an incredibly popular terminal connection knot among fly fishermen and light tackle anglers alike. This knot is great because:

  • It’s a strong loop knot
  • It’s simple to tie
  • It gives your lures, flies and baits great action

In this article, I show you the step-by-step process to tie the Perfection Loop. You can also see a video tutorial on how to tie this knot in the article.

How To Tie The Perfection Loop 

In this section, we go over the steps to tie the Perfection Loop. For this application, we used fluorocarbon leader line to tie the Perfection Loop to the hook.

Step 1: Make An Overhand Loop

Make an overhand loop three to four inches above the tag end of the leader line and pinch the loop at the overlap point. Make sure the tag end of your loop goes behind the mainline.

Step 1 of the Perfection Loop

Step 2: Thread The Tag End Through The Eye Of The Hook

Thread the tag end of your line through the eye of the fishing hook.

Step 2 of the Perfection Loop

Step 2.1 of the Perfection Loop

Step 3: Use The Tag End To Make A Second Loop Around The First Loop

Use the tag end of your fishing line to make a second loop around the top of the loop you made in Step 1. Pinch the overlap point of the tag end and the two loops.

Step 3 of the Perfection Loop

Step 3.1 of the Perfection Loop

Step 3.2 of the Perfection Loop

Step 3.3 of the Perfection Loop

Step 4: Use The Tag End To Make A Third Small Loop Between The First And Second Loop

Use the tag end of your fishing line to make a small third loop in between the first and second loop. Lock the tag end in place by pinching it between your fingers.

Step 4 of the Perfection Loop

Step 4.1 of the Perfection Loop

Step 4.2 of the Perfection Loop

Step 5: Put the Hook Through The First Loop

Put the hook and the attached second loop up and through the first loop you made in Step 1.

Step five of the Perfection Loop

Step 5.1 of the Perfection Loop

Step 5.2 of the Perfection Loop

Step 5.3 of the Perfection Loop

Step 6: Pull The Mainline While Holding The Tag End In Your Opposite Hand

Pull the mainline tight so that the knot begins to coil while you hold the tag end of your line taut in your opposite hand.

Step 6 of the Perfection Loop

Step 6.1 of the Perfection Loop

Step 6.2 of the Perfection Loop

Step 7: Release The Tag End, Wet The Knot And Pull The Mainline Tight As Possible

Release the tag end and wet the knot with water or spit. Hold the hook in place and pull the mainline tight as possible. Cut the tag end. Your Perfection Loop is complete.

Step 7 of the Perfection Loop

Perfection Loop

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The Perfection Loop Video Tutorial

This video shows you the entire process on how to tie the Perfection Loop using fluorocarbon leader line.

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Conclusion

The Perfection Loop is strong and simple and remains a favorite loop knot among inshore fishermen.

We still recommend using the Non-Slip Loop Knot if you’re going to use a loop knot for your terminal connection because it has proved to be even stronger than this Perfection Loop knot while leaving its tag end pointing back towards the lure/hook.

Note: The direction of the tag end can be a big deal if fishing in areas with weeds or floating debris in the water… the tag end pointing back towards the lure/hook will prevent the weeds from getting stuck on the knot.

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

Tight Lines!

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Charles Bender
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like the video combo with the pic by pic

Gary Rankel
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I much prefer the loop knot where the tag end faces down, making it more weedless (can’t remember the name of it). I’ve used it for years with no problem. It also seems to be easier to tie than this “Perfection” knot. Don’t know the breaking strengths of each.