The egg loop knot is the go-to fishing knot for salmon and steelhead fishermen who like to drift roe, or eggs. But its usefulness doesn’t just end there. Not only do I like to use the egg loop knot for drifting roe for steelhead in the rivers here in the Pacific Northwest, but I also like to use it for fishing off the jetty when tying up sand shrimp rigs.
But as far as uses for salmon and steelhead fishing, the egg loop knot can also be used for fishing herring or anchovies on solid tie rigs and even when rigging up salmon hoochie rigs.
There’s no better way to keep roe, and other bait, attached to your hook than with the egg loop knot. And if you plan on spending any real amount of time fishing steelhead and salmon then why not become a pro and learn how to tie an egg loop knot yourself?
In this post we’ll do just that. We’ll go through a step-by-step tutorial process and learn exactly how to tie an egg loop knot. So grab a hook and some line and lets get practicing so we can get out there and hook into some monster steelies!
How To Tie An Egg Loop Knot
Below are the instructions for tying the egg loop knot. Follow each step, then be sure to watch the video at the end as an additional visual guide.
1. First, know that the egg loop knot requires quite a bit of leader to make it correctly. So start by taking approximately 18 to 24 inches of leader. Once you get the hang of tying these fishing knots, then you’ll know by feel exactly how much line to use. You can always trim what you don’t need.
2. Hold the hook in your left hand by the bend of the hook and the eye of the hook turned to the right. With your right hand, insert the fishing line into the eye of the hook from the top, and run the fishing line down the length of hook shank.
(Tying a solid tie or hoochie rig? The hook you’re tying now will be the trailing hook, or back hook)
3. With your right hand, grab the line that’s coming out of the top of the hook and wrap it around the hook shank AND the tag end (short line) that’s resting against the hook shank. Wrap it tightly around the shank clockwise 10 to 15 times. You’ll get a feel for how many times you need to actually wrap around the shank depending on what kind of fishing you’ll be doing.
4. Now take the long end of the fishing line and run it through the bottom side of the eye of the hook. Adjust the line so there’s approximately and inch or two of fishing line sticking out through the top of the hook and so the line on the hook side of the eye is lying nice and flat against that shank.
5. With the end of line that you’ve already wrapped around the shank, make 5 more wraps, continuing where you left off. This time you’ll be wrapping around two pieces of line (tag end and lead end) in addition to the shank. You should also note that these 5 wraps should not be wrapped as tightly as the first 10 to 15 wraps. You’re almost done tying an egg loop knot.
6. With your left hand, hold the hook and last 5 wraps so the stay in place. (They were wrapped somewhat loose) Carefully pull the end of the line that’s coming out of the top of the eye of the hook until all of the leader has passed through. You’ll notice that the line is being pulled from under the last 5 wraps you made. Go ahead and pull until the line and all of those wraps are tightened and secure.
That’s all there is to it! Tying an egg loop knot is pretty simple and is such a versatile fishing knot that I think all anglers should know how to tie it.
What other fishing knots besides the egg loop knot do you think we should cover? Drop me a note or leave a comment below.
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If you’ve never seen this fishing knot pocket guide, you should at least take a look at it. It’s a quick and easy reference for the 10 most popular fishing knots that you’ll use.
The problem is, we don’t use all those fishing knots all of the time. Which means we sometimes forget how to tie them. At least that’s the case for me.
The cards that the fishing knot instructions are printed on are waterproof plastic. I just keep mine in my main tackle box, so it’s always accessible. They’re ideal for just stashing away in your boat as well.
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