Thursday, April 17, 2008

Fishing Knots: Cat's Paw Knot (offshore swivel knot)

The cat's paw knot, also called an offshore swivel knot, is used to attach a swivel or ring to a double line with a complete loop (like the bimini twist knot). It is widely accepted as the best knot for this application and is an extremely strong and effective knot that resists slipping. It is usually tied in monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing lines and can be tied in many different line strengths. For general applications follow this guide:

  • 3 loops for greater than 50 lb line
  • 4 loops for lines between 30 lb and 50 lb
  • 5 loops for line between 12 lb and 30 lb
  • 6 loops for line less than 12 lbs
How to tie a cat's paw knot