How to Tie a Bobber Stopper Knot

A Bobber Stopper Knot is a fishing knot that’s tied on the main fishing line to stop sliding bobbers, beads, and floats.

It’s also sometimes referred to as the Bobber Stop Knot, Sliding Stopper Knot, Float Stopper Knot, or the Sliding Stop Knot.

Quick Guide: Tying a Bobber Stopper Knot

To tie a Bobber Stopper Knot, first cut a short piece of fishing line – roughly 12 inches (30 cm) long.

Place one end of the short fishing line next to the main line and make a loop with it. Then wrap the other end around it 5 times, making sure to pass the end through the loop after the final turn.

Finally, lubricate the knot with water or saliva and tighten it. You can cut off both tag ends short.

Tip: If you want to tie it more quickly out in the field, you can make pre-made Bobber Stopper Knots at home. Tie them around a small, 1-inch (2.5 cm) long section of a straw. When you’re out fishing, slide the straw on the main fishing line, take out the small section of the straw, and tighten the knot.

Bobber Stopper Knot step  by step

About the Bobber Stopper Knot

The good thing about the Bobber Stopper Knot is that it is adjustable. It won’t move by itself from the force of the bobber, but you can adjust it easily with your hand. This allows you to adjust the distance between the bobber and the hook. It’s particularly useful for catching deep-water fish.

Another advantage is that it has a very small diameter. This allows you to reel it in past the eyes of the fishing rod for a better cast. After the hook hits the water, it will sink in and the bobber will slowly move up until it sits against the Bobber Stopper Knot.

It works best with monofilament and fluorocarbon fishing lines. But you can also tie it with braided fishing lines if you do fewer turns when tying the knot.

It’s fairly easy to tie, and it can be tied in under a minute out in the field. If you’ll be tying it in cold weather or with gloves, you can cut a longer line and make a larger loop.

Related Fishing Knots

Uni Knot: A very similar knot to the Bobber Stopper Knot, except it’s tied with a single fishing line. You can use it to tie into a hook, lure, or swivel, or even to connect two fishing lines. It has an identical structure to the Bobber Stopper Knot.

Blood Knot: A fishing knot that connects two fishing lines. It also has a very similar structure to the Bobber Stopper Knot.

Perfection Loop: A simple fishing knot that creates a loop at the end of a line. It’s usually used for loop-to-loop connections or to tie into swivels and lures.

Arbor Knot: A simple fishing knot that attaches a fishing line to the reel.

Step-By-Step Guide: How to Tie a Bobber Stopper Knot

Bobber Stopper Knot

A step-by-step guide on how to tie a Fishing Bobber Stopper Knot.

Step 1:

Bobber Stopper Knot step 1

Place one end of the blue fishing line next to the red (main) line. Then make 5 turns around both of them starting from top to bottom. Finally, pass the other end through the bottom loop to lock it in place.

Step 2:

Bobber Stopper Knot step 2

Lubricate the knot and tighten it by pulling on both ends of the fishing line. Tighten it to the right tension, so that it doesn’t slide easily, but you can adjust it if needed. Finally, cut off the excess tag ends.

Step 3:

Bobber Stopper Knot step 3

Slide the bobber below the Bobber Stopper Knot. The Bobber Stopper Knot will now block it from moving upwards.

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