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How to Tie a Rapala Knot

Vibhav Gaonkar
A Rapala knot is a very crucial knot in terms of fishing. If you are new to knots, and are a fishing enthusiast, then learning this knot is a must. Rapala knot in easy steps, along with simple diagrams for better understanding.

Fast Fact:

Rapala is one of the leading manufacturers in fishing knots and was founded by Lauri Rapala in Finland in the 1930s.
Rapala is basically a type of knot used for fishing, and tied directly to the Rapala lure. The knot forms a non-slip loop at the end of the line. It was invented by the Rapala brothers, who suggested to use it with the lures, as it provided a loop that let the lures move freely and naturally.

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The original knot included only a single turn around the line, and wasn't that strong. It was then improvised to add extra turns to make it stronger.
The knot is claimed to retain most of the line strength, and is considered as one of the strongest fishing knots. While tying this knot, be careful to keep the loop long enough in order to avoid gripping of the lure.
The free movement of the lure is the basic criteria of this knot. Before heading to the instructions, take a look at some important tips given here which you'll need when tying a rapala knot.

◆ Important Things to Remember

  • Keep the working line long enough to make the tying easier
  • Make the loop spacey, ensuring the free movement of the lure
  • After the formation of the knot, lubricate it well
  • Cut the long end of the working line after tightening

◆ How to Tie a Rapala Knot

Tie a loose overhand knot; insert the working end through the lure and back through the overhand knot.
Now, use the working end to make three or four turns around the main/standing line.
After doing the turns, pass the working end once again through the overhand knot.
A big loop will be formed, you have to pass the working end through this loop.
Finally, pull on the standing line while holding the working line close to the knot. Your Rapala knot is ready.
Note: Always lubricate a knot well before tightening it, knots which aren't lubricated or less lubricated don't seat well and are weak. You can use saliva to do this Pull on both ends and tighten the knot once. Cut the end of the working line, if you find it too long.
Now that you know how a Rapala knot is tied, you can use it on your fishing expeditions. If you didn't get it for the first time, try again. The knot is pretty simple and you'll surely get a hang in your second attempt.