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How to Tie an Arbor Fishing Knot

While it may not be one of the fishing knots that you will have to tie frequently, this knot is important because it is the first type of knot that you will need to tie when preparing for a day of fishing. Learn how to tie the arbor fishing knot in six simple steps.


The arbor fishing knot is most often used when tying fly line backing, monofilament, and fluorocarbon line to your fishing reel. However, it can be also used for attaching braided line to your fishing reel if you have a non-slip spool. If you don’t have a non-slip spool and want to use braided line on your reel, use an arbor knot to tie monofilament backing to your reel spool before adding the braided line.

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  1. Twist the tag end around the standing end of the fishing line.
  2. Wrap the fishing line around the spool hub a few times using the tag end of the line, and then tie a loose overhand knot in the standing end of the line. The second loose overhand knot in the standing end will act as a stopper.
  3. Collapse the loop that you just created by pulling the standing end in to slide the first overhand knot toward the spool of the reel. Moisten the knots as you tighten them to reduce the chance of the line weakening from friction.
  4. Pull slowly and steadily on the standing end until the second overhand knot seats or snugs up next to the first overhand knot.
  5. Finish the arbor fishing knot by pulling both overhand knots tight to the spool and then trim the tag end.
  6. Wind the fishing line onto your reel, and then you are ready to tie on your leader line using a line joining knot.
  7. The arbor fishing knot, just like other fishing knots, isn’t difficult to learn. With just a bit of patience and practice, you will be able to tie the arbor knot quickly and easily.

Watch of video on how to tie the arbor fishing knot here on the Take Me Fishing website.

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