One of the key things to be able to catch fish is being able to tie good knots that hold when you are fighting a fish. It is a common term in our industry that tackle failure is simply not an acceptable reason for losing a fish, as one should have been more prepared for the fish at hand.
In this article, we are going to take a good look at some of the top fishing knot tying tools on the market so you can find the right one for you, and never lose a fish due to knot failure again.
Our Best Fishing Knot Tying Tools
Tying knots isn’t always easy, especially if you have shaky hands or poor eyesight, and some knots are just hard to tie in general like a nail knot or an FG knot. Making consistent and easier knots by tying the right knots properly, you will catch more fish, so why not grab one of our top recommended fishing knot tying tool?
The knot tying tool comes in the form of a plastic disc that is attached via a swivel to a clip ring. The way it works is that you attach the clip rig to anything from a rod eye to a D-ring on your fishing vest and then open up the plastic disc.
You can then place a hook, jig head, fly, or swivel into the plastic disc and close it. This holds the hook/jig/fly/swivel in place and keeps both of your hands-free to thread your line through the eye, keep the line under tension, and tie a good knot too.
In addition to helping you tie strong knots, this knot-tying tool also has a snipper to trim your tag ends with, a sharpener to ensure your hooks are super sharp, and an eye cleaner to remove any gunk in the hook eye to make knot-tying easier.
This is an extremely lightweight, portable, durable, and affordable knot tying tool that you can use anywhere. The only annoying thing about it is that larger hooks tend not to fit into it very well.
TYEPRO Fishing Knot Tying Tool – Our Best Pick For Eye Threading!
The TYEPRO Fishing Knot Tying Tool makes tying knots about as easy as it can be. We have all experienced, as we have gotten older, how much harder it has become to thread the line through the eye of a hook, especially with tiny hooks and super thin lines, but this tying solves that for you.
This knot tying tool works by gripping the eye of your hook at one end, and then there is a hole you can run the line through while gripping it, guaranteeing that you thread the eye of the hook every time. This makes life so much easier and saves a lot of time on the water.
Once you have threaded the eye, you can use the tool to twist and manipulate the line to tie your intended knot or simply remove the hook and tie your knot from there. In addition to the knot tying assistance, it also comes with a stainless steel cutter to trim your tag ends with.
The whole thing comes as a kind of plastic tube that is grippy and doesn’t slip when you hold it when it is wet. It also comes with a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck and access it easily while you are fishing.
The downsides to this knot tying tool are that it is quite expensive for what it is, so it is not great value and it doesn’t work that well for large hooks or swivels.
Simple and easy to use
Works with a ton of different hooks/lures/swivels
Makes knot tying a lot easier
Durable and grippy
Helps you thread the eye of hooks
Comes with cutters for trimming the line
Light, small, portable
Includes a lanyard
Doesn’t work for big hooks or swivels
A bit more expensive compared to others
Weight: 2 grams
Dimension: 6 x 1.2 x 0.65 inches
3M Scientific Anglers Tie-Fast Combo Tool – Our Best Pick For Fly Fishing!
The 3M Scientific Anglers Tie-Fast Combo Tool is a great option if you are a fly fisherman or generally need to tie nail knots often. This does make this knot tying quite limited as it only really helps with nail knots and no others.
The knot tying tool is made from high-quality stainless steel and features nippers, an eye cleaner, a nail knot tool, and a D-ring for adding it to a retractor.
The nippers are super sharp and can be resharpened if they go a bit blunt, they are also textured so they stay grippy when you are snipping with wet hands. The eye needle is super useful to clear any goop in the eye, and you can even sharpen your hooks so ever miss a fish.
It might take some practice to learn how to use the nail knot tying tool but it is much easier than trying to tie a nail knot without it. Something I love about this tool is that it comes with a non-reflective finish so that if the sun catches it, it doesn’t reflect the light into the water and spook any fish.
Overall, this is an excellent fly fishing knot tying tool if you tie nail knots often as it is perfect for that, affordable, and durable too. The only downside is that it only really helps you tie nail knots and not others.
Light and portable
Great for nail knots
Durable stainless steel build
Will not rust
Comes with a hook sharpener
Nippers and hook eye cleaner included
Simple and easy to use
The non-reflective finish doesn’t scare fish
Can be resharpened
Nail knots only
Material: Stainless Steel
Weight: 1 gram
Dimension: 6.1 x 2.9 x 0.5 inches
Type: Nipper/nail knot
SAMSFX Fishing Line and Hook Knot Tying Tool Kit – Our Most Versatile Pick!
Nail knot tying tool: This 4” long brass tool is used for tying a Nail Knot on a fly line. Various types of nail knots can be made and the tool has a Hook eye cleaner attached
Hook tier: A multi-tool made from brass with a built-in vice tool clamp. It’s easy to use for tying any size or type of fishing hook onto any fishing line. The clamp style hook tyer is one of the most common forms of hook tyer as it can be used for even the smallest of hook sizes.
Loop tyer: This basic yellow plastic tool is super quick for making loops for consistent length hair rigs and hook lengths. At the opposite end of the loop tyer, there is an option to use it as a disgorger and for removing hooks.
The final part of the 4-piece kit is a retractable 24-inch Carabiner style zinger which has a nylon tether and quick-release hook. The zinger retractor can be used to clip on nippers, scissors, forceps, fly floatant, etc.
Light and portable
Hook eye cleaner included
Simple and easy to use
Great idea of the addition of the zinger
The nail knot tool may not be used by all types of anglers
Built-in quick-release hook and stainless steel spring
1.5 Ounce retraction force
Leeda Matchman Hook Tyer – Our Best Hook Tyer Pick!
The MatchMan Hook Tyer is one of the oldest and most well-known fishing hook tyers. Almost every angler has owned one of these in some part of their fishing life. They are great for any type and size of hook and fishing line. If you struggle to tie strong and consistent spade end type hooks this matchman tyer makes it so easy!
The matchman Hook Tyer is the most popular in the UK and is supplied on a card that includes full instructions on how to use it. There are also many instruction videos on how to use it. If you are looking for a great hook tyer without any other additional tools then this is the best you can buy.
It’s a really quick tie knot tool, and this was my first hook tyer I owned and I still use it today! You can also use this matchman hook tyer for tying treble hook to fishing line also.
Easy to use
No additional tools or add ons
Material: Black plastic body, steel wire clip
Weight: 250 Grams
Dimensions: 14.2 x 21.5 x 6.5 cm
Type: Hook tyer
Thanks very much for reading my article. I hope you enjoyed it and have found the perfect knot-tying tool for you. Just remember to choose the right knot tying tool for your fishing needs as each one is very different from the next. Please share the article with your fishing friends and why not check out my article on the Top knots every fisherman needs to know.