How to Tie a Spinner Bait: A Complete Guide with a Step-by-Step Walkthrough

Spinners are a popular lure style for good reason. A bladed crankbait can create flash, vibration, and excitement that will turn any bad day into a treasured memory.

We are often asked questions about spinnerbaits. Here, we will answer some of your questions, including how to tie a spinning bait.

How to tie a spinnerbait?

  • Use monofilament line. Clinch Knot
  • Palomar Knot is a good choice if you are using a small spinnerbait that has braid or fluoro.
  • San Diego Jam Knot is a San Diego Jam Knot if you are using large spinnerbaits with braid or fluoro.

How do you tie a spinnerbait?

Lines Matter

Although braid and fluorocarbon are now more popular than mono, many anglers still consider them to be the best option. We’ve already discussed that braid and fluorocarbon don’t always deliver the promised benefits.

Our “Myths Busted” article will provide a detailed overview. There are many surprises, not least the fact that standard nylon monofilament is so good.

Mono is the best choice for spinners. Too much stretch on your hookset will not be an issue since you’ll be retrieving the lure when it is taken by a fish. Too little sensitivity is also not a problem.

You need to be concerned about shock strength and a great knot. Both are advantages of nylon monofilament. Your line must withstand the force of a large fish hitting a spinner, and your knot should be strong. Mono excels in this area.

It is worth noting that plain old Stren was the top monofilament choice.

Fluorocarbon is a great choice for spinnerbaits. It is about the same thickness as mono and provides just the right cushion when your lure is being beaten by a serious hitter. Seaguar Invizx is our favorite because it breaks the unbreakable rule of knot vs. strength and provides superior durability even at its weakest point.

Mono is more expensive than spinners by a good margin.

Braided line is a popular choice among jig- and worm fishermen due to its sensitivity, lack of stretch, and ease. However, it is not a good choice for spinnerbaits. It’s weak at the knot, and it can break under strain. Break-offs can occur, which is a problem that no one wants.

You’ll be glad that you saved the braid for another purpose.

Monofilament: The Best Spinner Bait Knits

Mono ties well to any spinner, no matter what kind and most knots are strong under stress.

BasicClinch knows this is the standard for spinners. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Pass the line through its eye.
  2. Holding the tag end, spin seven times the lure.
  3. Pass the end of the tag through the loop closest to the eye.
  4. Get married! You can do it!
  5. You will need to tighten the knot and trim the tag ends if needed.

The Best Spinner Bait Kits for Fluorocarbon & Braid

Fluorocarbon and braid are not as able to bind on their own as mono. This often means that a solid knot with Stren won’t hold even with fluorocarbon or a high-end braid.

We actually recommend the simple clinch knot that we have already recommended. It will not hold with braid or fluoro! If you want to run fluorocarbon, then you will need an “improved knot”.

We like this if you are casting a small lure such as a rooster tail, or any other small lure. Palomar knot. It is as simple as an overhand knot and easy to tie. It is also extremely strong, making it one of the strongest fishing knots you can tie.

  1. Pass your line through the lure’s eye.
  2. Make a long loop and then pass the line through the eye.
  3. Tie an overhand knot with the loop in one arm and the main and tag line in the other. Leave a large section of the loop unattached.
  4. Continue to pass the loop around the lure.
  5. Get married! You can do it!
  6. Secure the knot carefully.

For larger lures, however, it can be difficult to pass the Palomar’s loop. You can see I had trouble with even a Mepps #3. We recommend the San Diego Jam Knot in this case. It’s a modified clinch that is extremely strong and can hold fluorocarbon very well.

  1. Pass your line through the eye to the lure.
  2. To get plenty of lines, pull the tag end.
  3. Wrap the tag end around the mainline six times.
  4. Pass the end of the tag through the loop closest to the eye.
  5. Pass the tag end through a loop that is the furthest from your eye.
  6. Get married! You can do it!
  7. Secure the knot carefully.

What is a spinnerbait?

There are many types of spinnerbaits, but they all share one thing: a metal blade that flashes in the water while they move.

Our top picks for spinnerbaits

There are two main styles: the in-line and safety pin. Worden’s Original Rooster Tail, a great example of an in-line style, is a wonderful example. This is a must-have lure for any tackle box. If there’s an easier lure to throw for anything from pike to panfish, it’s the Worden’s Original Rooster Tail.

Booyah Pond Magic is an excellent example of safety pin design. Instead of running everything as one unit, a fixed, skirted, jig head attaches via a long arm and to a spinning knife. These can be adjusted in size and shape to create flash and vibration.

Both styles offer flash, color, and an undulating skirt. You also hear the sound of prey reaching for predators’ lateral lines. This is about the best terminal tackle you can get!

These lures can be deadly for aggressive fish, especially in clear waters with many prey items.

How do you fish a spinner?

It is important to choose the right speed.

A hungry fish should be able to see the spinner and its flash, but not have to examine it in sufficient detail to know that it is not real. The speed of retrieval is crucial here. It should be adjusted to your specific conditions.

For more information on buying a spinnerbait rod, please see our article

Clearer water will make the crank work faster. To give fish the best chance of reacting, slow down your retrieve in murky, muddy, or stained water.

Spinning baits work best when they are higher in the water column and when you can run them parallel with long structures such as drop-offs or edges of points. You can also fish above long weedbeds to attract strikes from below.

Last Thoughts

Spinnerbaits can be used for almost every species. They are easy to fish and tie.

Please leave a comment below to let us know how this knot tutorial helped.

Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.