How to Tie the Rapala Knot [Step-by-Step Picture and Video Tutorial]
The Rapala Knot
The Rapala Knot is an incredibly strong loop knot for artificial lures and hooks. It is the strongest loop knot that we’ve ever tested and holds our number one ranking for loop knots to know how to tie.
This knot is also a bit more difficult to tie than other loop knots with similar strengths and leaves a tag end that sticks up — which can collect weeds and debris in the water.
Still, there is no denying its’ strength and this is a great knot to know how to tie — especially when going up against big fish.
In this article, I go over the step-by-step process on how to tie the Rapala Knot and show you how to tie it in real time in a video tutorial.
The Rapala Knot Step-By-Step Instructions
Here are the instructions for each step to tie the Rapala Knot to your fishing hook.
Step 1: Make an Overhand Loop
Make an overhand loop about two to three inches above the tag end of your line.
Step 2: Thread the Tag End of Your Line Through the Hook Eye
Thread the tag end of your line through the eye of your hook or lure.
Step 3: Pull the Tag End of Your Line Through the Overhand Loop From Step 1
Pull the tag end of your fishing line through the downward-facing side of the overhand loop you made in Step 1. Pinch the tag end and mainline between your fingers and pull them both so that the overhand loop slides down to the hook eye. Pinch the loop with your fingers.
Step 4: Make 3-5 Wraps with Your Tag End Around the Mainline
Take your tag end of your line and make three to five wraps up and around the mainline.
Step 5: Put the Tag End of Your Line Up Through The Bottom-Facing Side of the Overhand Loop
Put the tag end of your line up through the bottom-facing side of the overhand loop you made in Step 1. By doing this, you should create a new loop above the original overhand loop.
Step 6: Put the Tag End Through the New Loop You Made in Step 5
Take the tag end of your line and put it through the new loop, above the overhand loop, that you made in Step 5.
Step 7: Pull the Knot Tight and Cut the Tag End
Pull the tag end and mainline tight in one direction while simultaneously pulling the hook in the other direction. Let go of the tag end and wet the knot before pulling the mainline and hook in opposite directions to make the knot as tight as possible. Cut the tag end of your line. Your Rapala Knot is complete.
The Rapala Knot Video Tutorial
This video shows you exactly how to tie the Rapala Knot to your fishing hook.
While the Rapala Knot is a bit more complex than other loop knots, it’s unchallenged in its strength and remains the strongest loop knot we’ve ever tested and used.
It’s definitely worth learning and can give you an extra knot boost when you are targeting big fish that like to break fishing lines.
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 the Rapala knot, let us know in the comments section below.
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