Non-Slip Loop Knot: How Many Turns Should You Do? [Knot Experiment]
If you maximize a lure’s action, you’ll maximize the strikes you can get with it it.
This is why it’s best to use a loop knot when using a lure you need to put action on, like a soft plastic on a jig head or a topwater lure.
But here’s the bad thing about loop knots: they’re not as strong as snug knots.
Because of this, it’s important that you tie a strong loop knot.
My favorite loop knot is the non-slip loop knot and to make sure I’m getting the most out of it, I decided to test the optimal number of turns to make when tying it.
I tested two turns vs. three and four turns and the results were not what I was expecting!
Check out the experiment in the video below and see how many turns leaves you with the strongest knot.
Optimum Number Of Turns For A Non-Slip Loop Knot [VIDEO]
Here are the results (measured in pounds of force it took to break the knot:
Test #1: 21.59 lbs
Test #2: 20.22 lbs
Test #3: 19.75 lbs
Average: 20.50 lbs
Test #1: 21.06 lbs
Test #2: 21.38 lbs
Test #3: 22.73 lbs
Average: 21.72 lbs
Test #1: 19.15 lbs
Test #2: 19.38 lbs
Test #3: 19.54 lbs
Average: 19.35 lbs
This was a little surprising!
There was an expected strength increase from two turns to three turns, but I did not expect a decrease between three turns and four turns.
It appears that there’s something about the extra turn that renders the knot weaker.
The good news about these tests is that they were all relatively consistent and there weren’t any outliers that would make me question the validity of these results.
Now although the knot with three turns is strongest, I will still be using the knot with two turns.
It makes for a cleaner knot (less visible to the fish and less opportunity to snag weeds) and, at over 20 lbs. of breaking strength, it’s stronger than the FG knot I’ll be tying at the line to leader connection.
I’m using with 10 lb. braid there, so I don’t need a knot much stronger than 20 lbs. of breaking strength.
As it turns out, there is a difference in strength between the number of turns you put in a non-slip loop knot.
Three turns yields an average of 21.72 pounds of breaking strength, two turns yields an average of 20.50 pounds of breaking strength, and, most surprisingly, four turns yields the weakest knot at an average of 19.35 pounds of breaking strength.
I’ll still be using the non-slip loop knot with two turns because it’s cleaner and I don’t need a knot that has more than 20 lbs. of breaking strength when my braided line is only ten pound test, but I’m glad to finally see these objective results.
Were these results what you expected?
Have any questions about the best way to tie the non-slip loop knot?
Let me know in the comments below.
You can learn how to tie the non-slip loop knot here.
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