The Surgeon’s Knot makes a fast, easy and reliable connection for tying a heavy monofilament leader, or shock line, directly to either monofilament or braided fishing line.



1. First, lay out the leader parallel to the line, letting the end of the line and the end of the leader overlap for six or eight inches.


2. Tie a simple overhand knot in the doubled section, making sure that both the short end (line) and long end (leader) are pulled completely through. Do not tighten the knot at this point.


3. Next, simply go through the same opening a second time, with both strands exactly as before, again making certain both ends are pulled through.

4. Finally, draw the knot tight by gripping both strand on either side of the knot, and drawing down with steady pressure. The ends of this knot may be trimmed flush with the wraps.


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