Nonslip loop knots are an essential weapon in catching fish!
Too often I see fishermen tying their lures tightly to their lines and this can be a mistake that costs you fish! A jig loop knot when used on a plug, jig or fly will allow the lure to move on the end of the line imparting a more natural movement to it.
The jig loop knot, by not tightly cinching down on the eye of your hook frees it to move somewhat independently of your fishing line. This increases the side to side swimming action of plugs and flies, and allows jigs a more natural vertical swimming stance. Regardless of if you are trolling a lake for trout, jigging for Perch or plunking for Steelhead, using a jig loop knot will increase your chances of getting fish to bite!
Nonslip Loop Knot Video
Jigs and the Loop Knot
Smart anglers use the jig loop knot when fishing with leadhead jigs for panfish or bottom fish, as the open loop lets the jig swing freely as it is jigged up and down. The same applies to when you are jigging with other lures. The added freedom means added motion which is what you want!
Pulling Plugs With a Loop Knot
The jig loop knot also improves the swimming action of lipped plugs when slow-trolled or when using a stop-and-go retrieve. Again, because it isn’t getting resistance from the fishing line, the motion is more fluid and loose. Fish like that!
Downsides to Using the Loop Knot
The most obvious downside to the loop knot is that it is a little bigger than some knots so that if you are fishing in weedy areas, you will tend to pick up more junk on your line. Also, if fish are especially spooky, it might be an issue due to its higher visibility.
Jig Loop Knot Strength
In general you can expect about 90% main line’s strength from the jig loop knot which is usually more than adequate. The great part is that even if you are using heavier line, you can still use a jig loop knot and get good motion from your lures!