I am addicted to fishing. You might even say that I am hooked.–Dad
There are about as many methods of tying a hook to a fishing line as there are fish in my pond. Can you use a normal overhand square knot to tie the shiny hook to the end of your line? Sure you can, but the first time that knot fails after fighting with a catfish for several minutes or as you are raising that bass up out of the water, you might regret it.
Below is my method of tying a hook to a line. It is my own take on the fisherman’s knot or clench knot. This knot has never failed me on the water.
Pass the end of your line through the eye of the fish hook.
Twist the hook 7 times (yes 7 exactly, after all it IS a lucky number) to make the tail end and the rest of the line twist together.
Take the tail end and pass it through the little loop just above the eye. Pull tight, as the will cause the wraps that you created when you twisted the hook around to bunch together at the knot location, just above the eye of the fish hook.
Make a standard overhand knot to finish the knot off. (an overhand knot is the first knot in tying your shoes)
When you are done, simple attach a weight or sinker (if needed) and you are ready for some bait!