A loop knot is a very useful connection for baits with subtle actions. Jigs, soft jerkbaits, and ultralight crankbaits are excellent examples of where a loop knot will aid your presentation. The thicker the line, the more valuable a loop knot connection becomes. The image above shows a Hawg Shad rigged with a 30# fluorocarbon bite leader attached with Don’s Knot.
This is an easy and strong loop knot that I use almost exclusively for my loop knot needs. It’s so reliable that I often find myself tying it when a loop is not even necessary for the presentation. A gentleman named Don showed me this knot several years back. If I remembered his full name, I’d properly credit him. I don’t, so I’ll just pass this along as Don’s Knot – which is what I have come to call it.
1. Tie an overhand knot a few inches up the line. Do not pull it tight.
2. Thread the line through the hook eye.
3. Wrap the tag end around the main line three times above the overhand knot.
4. Run the tag end through space near the hook eye and also through the overhand knot.
5. Moisten the knot and pull tight. Trim the tag end closely.