How to Tie the Rapala Knot

Rapala Knot – Good-Loop Knot for All Line Types

Pros will tell you that there is a huge difference between a tight knot and a loop when connecting your mainline to a lure.

Snug knots do exactly that, they are a deadener for crankbaits and jerk baits. They also reduce the action of topwater lures such as topwater lures and topwater lures. Loop knots, on the other hand, are more secure and allow the lure to move freely, which allows it to take advantage of its vibrations and action.

The Rapala knot is the best choice for anglers looking for the strongest loop connection. Fly anglers also love the Rapala knot for floating flies.

How to tie the Rapala Knot

  1. A few inches from your end, tie an overhand knot in the mainline.
  2. The tag end should be run through the eye of the lure, and then back through the knot in the overhand.
  3. Wrap the mainline with the tag ending 3-4 times, moving away from the lure
  4. Pass the tag end through the overhand knot at the top rear and exit through the bottom front.
  5. Pass the end of the tag through the large loop that you have created.
  6. You will need to wet the knot and secure it with a cinch.

Why Rely on the Rapala Knot

  • Strong –The Rapala is the undisputed champion of loop knots. There is nothing stronger.
  • Quick –Although not as fast as the Kreh’s, the Rapala can tie quickly. This makes it an excellent choice in real life when pressure is high.
  • Simple –Although the Kreh is not as simple to tie, the Rapala’s extra effort pays off in strength.

The Rapala Knot: What’s not to love?

The Rapala knot is a favorite of mine and many other anglers. The Rapala is my favorite connection, especially if I’m using a crankbait that will draw attention to a monster.

This knot is a great one, but there are some drawbacks. The trimmed tag end can stick up and catch vegetation or slime.

The Rapala knot can’t be used with monofilament, which is a big problem!

The Rapala Knot in Braid & Fluorocarbon: Say No!

Monofilament is made from one strand of nylon. It may feel hard and slick in the hand, but it actually bites well and creates plenty of knot-holding friction.

Braided lines, on the other hand, are woven with Dyneema and Spectra fibers. These materials are slick. They are toothless and have a very little bite. Many knots that hold the hair in mono-like gum will just slip through in braids.

Fluorocarbon is suffering from a similar problem, but with a different reason. Fluorocarbon is a hard material that can’t be broken apart by itself.

Rapala knot is a very similar design to the Kreh and is stronger than the Kreh mono. It will not hold in braid or fluorocarbon.

It’s not worth it.

What Happens When Rapala Knots FAIL?

Although the Rapala knot is one of the strongest loops you can tie, if you make any of these mistakes it will fail right when you need it.

  • Tie the knot in a frayed or damaged string this is something we all have done. Failing to remove tattered lines until you have new material to tie a knot can lead to knot failure. Always inspect your line and, if in doubt, cut.
  • You don’t need to tie your knot before you can pinch. This is an essential step. You should not wet your line before you pull it tight. This can cause friction and heat that can lead to a weakening of your line at the knot.
  • Do not tie your knot. After you have tied the knot, pull it tightly until it is secure.
  • This is a mono-only tie! –The Rapala knot is not as strong as the Kreh. It will only hold nylon monofilaments. This knot can be tied in any other line type and will result in disappointment.
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.