The Palomar Knot is a very strong and very simple knot that has some applications in my fishing. Many people really like this knot and some use it exclusively to tie on a hook. I will tell you why I only use it for a few applications.
The Palomar Knot is tied by passing a loop over the hook, jig or lure. I am completely fine to pass this loop over a single hook, but I do not like to tie this knot and pass the loop over a 7 inch plug with 3 sets of treble hooks. Especially when I am in a hurry, this can simply be a nightmare. The loop gets caught on the hooks and it ends up taking far more time than it should have. Other knots are better for that application
While there are some disadvantages with this knot, there are also some qualities that make it the absolute perfect knot for many other things. Bass Fishermen use the Palomar knot for a technique called Drop Shotting. The Drop Shot rig is simply a rig where the weight is at the terminal end of the line and the hook is tied with a Palomar Knot above that weight at the distance desired. The Palomar works perfectly for this as it can even be tied to make the hook ride hook up with a little trick that my friend, Joey Nania of Sweetwater TV, will show you in the video below.
All in all the Palomar is a simple, easy to remember knot that is proven, strong and reliable. I use it is saltwater fishing when I want an extremely compact and small knot onto a bare hook and sometimes a jig. I also use a version of the Drop Shot rig for species like Tarpon, Snappers, Groupers, Redfish and others in the Florida Keys with some success.
In the first video, I show you how to tie the Palomar with step by step instructions using a brightly colored heavy cord.
In the next video, I walk you through tying the Palomar again with regular monofiliment or fluorocarbon line.
In the next video, Joey Nania shows you how Bass Fishermen tie the Palomar Knot in creating a Drop Shot rig. Watch and listen closely as Joey gives a great and simple trick to make the hook ride in the up position every time. I learned something by watching this video!
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All the best,