The loop formed by the Rapala knot when attached to a fishing lure allows the lure the most freedom to move, wiggle, dive - in other words to do what it has been designed to do. You will find instructions how to tie this knot in every Rapala Lure you purchase. Staff at PFT have used many Rapala Lures over the years and recommend you check them out at the advertisers on this site. Many game fish will hit these lures inclkuding great success in Canada for Walleye with the Rapala Deep Tail Dancer in Purple Flash and Bleeding Tiger.
When beginning to learn to tie fishing knots, you will need to learn to leave enough extra line on your working end to finish the knot. With practice you will learn to estimate this very closely. As you progress through tying the knot you will quickly learn to tell if you will run out of line on your working end. Sometimes you will need to just start over because you will not have started with enough extra line on the working end to finish the knot. The rope used in these pictures is of course much bigger than fishing line - as a result the knots in these pictures are much bigger than you will make with your fishing line.. When done tying any knot trim any excess line on the working end so that it will not be in the way.
The first step in making the Rapala Knot is to form an overhand knot a few inches from the working end of your line. Do not tighten this overhand knot at this time, leave a small loop exposed. The picture does not show enough working end line, you will see what I mean in the next picture. You need this length to finish the Rapala Knot. Your next step you will be passing the working end through the eye of your lure.
Step two in making this knot is to pass the working end of your line through the eye of your lure. Shown in the picture is a nail head where your lure eye should be. It is important that your working end now pass back through the loop you left in the overhand knot. Notice that if your working end passes under the line as it comes out of the overhand knot you should pass the working end over the top of the line that forms the loop of the overhand knot. Do not tighten your overhand knot yet. You will continue to need plenty of line to work with, note the excess working end line in this picture.
Step three of making this knot requires you to pass the working end over the top and around the standing end of the rope close to the overhand knot. This begins a circling process you will see in the next step and picture where you will make 3-4 passes around the standing part of the line.
In step five, your final step you will pass the working end over the top of the standing part and then under then through the eye, or loop, that remains in your overhand knot. Holding this working end and your lure begin to tighten the knot. Pull the working end tight against the overhand knot. Tighten the overhand knot by pulling on the standing part against the loop formed that passes through the eye of your lure. Your knot should look like the following:
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