How to Tie the Offshore Swivel (Cat’s Paw) Knot

Fishing with heavy monofilament and fluorocarbon can make it difficult to tie many knots due to the line’s diameter and stiffness.

In a 100-pound test, sharp loops and small turns won’t form easily.

The Cat’s Paw or Offshore Swivel Knot, sometimes known as the Cat’s Paw, can be used to connect large swivels and heavy line. It is easy to tie, fast and extremely strong. It can even hold even if one leg breaks during fights!

It’s most commonly used to link your line to a pivot, but it can also be used to attach a hook or to link the Bimini Twist!

How to tie the Offshore Swivel Knot

  1. To form a loop, double your line. A long tag end is desired.
  2. This loop should be run through the eye of your swivel.
  3. Then, pull the loop over the doubled line. Open the loops in the middle and secure them with your thumb.
  4. Rotate the swivel through the middle of the doubled loops.Minimum 3 turns and not more than 6 times. For heavier lines, it is better to make fewer turns.
  5. Make sure to wet your knot. Slide the legs into place, tightening the knot. Each leg may require some coaxing to get it in place. Keep cinching.

Why Rely on the Offshore Swivel Knot

  • Strong –The Offshore Swivel Knot is extremely strong and can not be pulled free. It is also resistant to breakage, and can withstand the possibility of one line splitting. There is no stronger connection between your line & a swivel, according to me.
  • Simple –This knot is simple to tie and learn. The offshore Swivel knot is very difficult to make mistakes with, which is important in real life.
  • Quick –The Offshore Swivel can easily be tied in a matter of seconds. This allows you to quickly get back into the action.

The Offshore Swivel Knot is a Wonderful Choice!

This knot is perfect for me.

It is extremely strong and rivals the Palomar for holding hooks. I don’t know of any stronger, faster or more efficient connection to a twist or a swivel than the Bimini Twist.

It is just as good.

This knot’s only problem is its size. It might not work well for attaching hooks to large lines. I would recommend crimping any line heavier than 100-pound test mono.

However, the Offshore Swivel Knot is a simple knot that requires no special tools or supplies.

The Offshore Swivel Knot, Braid and Fluorocarbon

Heavy mono might not like tight turns or bends but it loves to grip itself against itself. This is what engineers and scientists call a “high coefficient for friction”. The knot of the Offshore Swivel knot has incredible strength because of its physics, which creates large areas of contact and compression.

Like nylon mono, fluorocarbon bites well against itself, but it can become less flexible in heavier weights. This is a problem for many knots. But not for the Offshore Swivel.

Mark Williams, Fishing World writes, “When used for this purpose. Testing conducted by Bill Nash – a noted US rigging authority and author – showed the break strength of the connection in nylon or fluorocarbon line approaches 100 percent.”

There is no better connection for heavy lines than this one!

Braid is usually not affected by the same issues as Braid, which is super flexible and limp. It is extremely slick and the Dyneema or Spectra fibers it is spun from are well-known for being frictionless.

With its unique two-leg twists, the Offshore Swivel solves this problem. This results in high knot integrity in braided Superlines. Williams says that Spiderwire Fusion’s testing shows that this connection technique retains almost 100 percent of the line’s breaking strain. The average break strength for braided lines was 84%, according to testing across the board.

This braid is truly amazing. I love the Offshore Swivel and Cat’s Paw for this connection.

What happens when offshore swivel knots fail?

The Offshore Swivel is known for its incredible strength and ease of tie. This swivel is a great choice for anglers who want to make sure that one leg does not get broken.

However, it can also fail. These are the most common causes.

  • Tie the knot in a frayed or damaged stringIf the line is not tied properly, no knot will stay in place. You should always inspect your line for frays and nicks. It’s safer to cut and discard than to risk a failure on a large fish.
  • You don’t need to tie your knot before you can pinch.You will need to wet the legs of the Offshore Swivel Knot in order to get them into position. Failure to do this will cause a looser knot and it won’t work as well. This is an essential step in any knot!
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.