How to Tie a Spider Hitch Knot

The Spider Hitch knot is a double-line fishing knot that creates a loop that can connect the main line to a leader. 

Quick Guide: Tying a Spider Hitch

Mastering the Spider Hitch Knot is a breeze, often taking less than thirty seconds. Begin by doubling your line. Then, create a loop and secure it with your thumb and forefinger. Wrap the doubled end around your thumb five times. (For a braided line, you’ll need to wrap it 15 times.)

Pass the end of the line through the loop. Now, slowly pull on the top of the line, and the wraps around your thumbs will neatly unravel and form the knot. Finally, moisten the knot with saliva or water and evenly pull from both directions to secure the knot.

The Pros and Cons of the Spider Hitch

The biggest advantage of the Spider Hitch Knot is that it’s easy to tie. When in a pinch and need a secure knot to connect a leader to a mainline, this one is easy to understand and implement. It’s also strong. You can use braided, monofilament, or fluorocarbon lines.

The biggest downside is that it’s not quite as strong as the Bimini Twist. The Spider Hitch is more likely to break under sudden shock than the Bimini.

Fishing Knots Similar to the Spider Hitch

Yucatan Knot—Use this knot to connect fishing lines of varying diameters. It creates a strong connection while still being able to pass through guides.

Bimini Twist Knot—The Bimini Knot creates a double-line leader you can use for a loop-to-loop connection. It’s a solid and secure fishing knot.

Albright Special Knot—This knot connects fishing lines of varying diameters. It is popular for use with braided lines.

FG Knot—This knot also connects fishing lines. It’s more complicated than many other knot types to learn, but it creates secure connections.

Double Surgeon’s Knot—An easy-to-tie knot that connects a leader to a fishing line. It works for lines of varying diameters.

Step 1:

Spider Hitch step 1

Double over a length of line and form a loop.

Step 2:

Spider Hitch step 2

Hold the loop between your forefinger and thumb.

Step 3:

Spider Hitch step 3

Wrap the doubled line around your thumb five times. If using a braided line, wrap it 15 times. Then, pass the end of the double line through the loop and gently pull. The wraps around your thumb will unravel as you pull, creating the knot.

Step 4:

Spider Hitch step 4

Lubricate the line knot with saliva and pull from both directions to secure it.

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