A fishing knot is the most important link between your boat and the fish. Your fishing success depends upon knowing how to tie a fishing knot correctly as well as which knot to use in different scenarios. As obvious as it may sound, if you tie the fishing knot properly, you end up getting the fish, but if you tie the knot poorly, you are guaranteed to end fish-less. Therefore, it is crucial to learn how to tie fishing knots to master your fishing skills.
Books on How to Tie Fishing Knots
Here are some of the best books that teach you all about fishing knots:
1. The Ashley Book of Knots Hardcover by Clifford W. Ashley
This book is a treasure map for fishing enthusiasts. The author Clifford W. Ashley put together two of his hobbies, marine painting, and tying knots, and invested 11 years to come up with this masterpiece.
The Ashley Book of Knots showcases almost 3,900 types of knots with 7,000 illustrations. The fishing knots are properly classified, named, along with the scenarios where they can be used. The writer also sheds light on the history behind the origin of many of the knots and guides on how to learn them in a clear instruction.
It is a handy book for all ages and experience levels – whether you are starting to learn fishing knots or are already into those. You can purchase the hardcover at $70.55 and paperback at $50.06.
2. The Complete Book of Fishing Knots by Lindsey Philpott
The last thing you want after hours of wait is to let a huge salmon or trout slip by because of a poorly tied knot. Not anymore. In The Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Lines the author and knot expert Lindsey Philpott saves you from the agony and teaches you how to tie fifty different types of fishing knots.
The covered fishing knots are some of the most sought-after knots including Arbor, Palomar, Australian braid, Japanese fisherman, Paragum, Bimini twist, and many more. All these knots are explained in an easy step-by-step manner with colored illustrations. Not only that, but the book also contains a glossary of fishing terminology, so the learning process is very easy for the newbie.
Whether you are new to fishing or are an expert fisherman, there are different types of fishing knots for all levels, so everyone can learn a knot or two! It is available for $14.46 on Kindle and you can get the paperback version for $11.29.
3. Practical Fishing Knots Paperback by Lefty Kreh and Mark Sosin
Authors Lefty Kreh and Mark Sosin are well-respected fishermen and authors of many individual books in the USA until they joined their fishing forces to come up with this masterpiece. The book Practical Fishing Knots has the practical knowledge and wisdom of both the authors and has so far sold more than 150,000 copies.
The book has clear instructions with colored illustrations on how to tie the essential fishing knots that guarantee a fish, no matter what your fishing style is. It has been termed as “the longtime bible of knots and knot tying” by the Field and Stream Magazine and is a must-buy for all fishermen!
The book is available for $8.12 in hardcover and $11.99 in the paperback edition.
4. The Pocket Guide to Fishing Knots by Joseph B. Healy
The Pocket Guide to Fishing Knots: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Most Important Knots for Fresh and Salt Water is a great book if you want to know how to tie great knots! It features many successful knots including the Perfection loop, Albright knot, Blood knot, Improved clinch, and Double surgeon to name a few.
The author, Joseph B. Healy, is not only an expert in fly fishing and outdoor activities but also has an established career of over 20 years as a magazine editor and publisher. Combing these two skillsets, The Pocket Guide to Fishing Knots is packed with expertise and guidelines in a simple to understand style.
This book is available in the paperback version for $9.99 and at Kindle for $11.92.
5. The Pocket Guide to Fishing Knots by Peter Owen
If you think tying the perfect fishing knot is something you cannot master, think again. The Pocket Guide to Fishing Knots was written for all kinds of fishermen – those who are new to the game and those who have been struggling for years on mastering line connectors and knot tying. This pocket guide can well be the difference between catching a huge fish and losing one.
The author and expert fisherman, Peter Owen, sheds light on the 24 most important knots for all kinds of fishing. The book has easy to understand step by illustrations and guidelines on learning this art, and before you know it, you will be mastering the skill.
The book is available for $5.87 at Kindle and $9.95 in the paperback version.
6. The Ultimate Book of Everyday Knots by Geoffrey Budworth
Whether you are a fisherman, sailor, camper, or a climber, you know how important knots are in our life. In his book The Ultimate Book of Everyday Knots, author Geoffrey Budworth describes tying different kinds of knots in detail. Known as the “father of forensic knotting”, Budworth is a well-known name in knots, and often appears in court as an expert of knots found at crime scenes. Who better to learn knots from but him?
Every knot has been well-described with colored illustrations, so you understand everything with ease. The best part is you not only get to learn fishing knots that could land you huge fish but all kinds of knots that could help you in life outside the water as well. For instance, climbers will find the Tape knot or Water knot extremely useful, whereas learning the Chinese cloverleaf knot would be quite interesting for home decorators.
The book teaches more than 80 knots in a step by step way. Its paperback edition is available for $11.99.
7. Geoff Wilson’s Complete Book of Fishing Knots and Rigs Paperback by Geoff Wilson
The Complete Book of Fishing Knots and Rigs showcases the love for creating new knots and perfecting the old ones. The author, Geoff Wilson, explains in an easy to understand manner important concepts including the line to terminal tackle, loops, super line, line to line, the line to leader, joins, loops, float fishing, fly fishing, and different kinds of rigs (saltwater, freshwater, game, and sports), etc.
As the name of the book indicates, this indeed is a complete book of fishing knots and a must-buy if you want to learn or perfect your fishing knots. The book is available for $12.79 in the paperback edition.
Best Book For Kids
Children often don’t understand the real importance of tying knots. Here is an excellent book for children to not only learn but master the art.
My First Book of Knots: A Beginner’s Picture Guide by Berndt Sundsten and Jan Jäger
This book is beautifully illustrated, easy to understand, and super interesting – My First Book of Knots: A Beginner’s Picture Guide is a great book by authors Berndt Sundsten and Jan Jager.
Let’s face it, tying knots is often not easy for adults, let alone for kids. This book, however, simplifies this art and teaches your child how to tie knots that may come in handy in different aspects of life. My First Book of Knots can create an excellent bond between you and your child. It can help your child in creating wonderful memories that involve how to tie useful knots in fishing, camping, farming, and in every life.
With 180 colorful illustrations, the book is available for $9.50 at Kindle, $8.99 in paperback, and $73.99 in hardcover.