Which Texas Rig Knot Should You Tie?

While the Texas Rig is a proven presentation that allows you to fish heavy cover without getting tangled, your knots will need to withstand the added challenges associated with dense vegetation, wood, piles of brushes, and rocks. Maybe you were wondering what the really best rig knot in Texas is? These fishing knots are two of the most commonly tied on a Texas rig for good reasons.

Improved clinch knot

The improved clinch knot continuously contracts with pressure, making it a smart choice when upgrading Texas with monofilament or fluorocarbon line. One important thing to remember is to leave a little line when you cut the tag end. This small amount of extra string leaves some room for the knot to tighten without fail (important things when pulling your rig through a heavy cover or when playing a big bass).

When looking for the best Texas knot to use for braid, you can either double the line when tying the improved clinch knot to keep it from slipping or use the Palomar knot instead.

Palomar knot

If you search for “Texas Knot” or “Texas Rig Knot” online, you will find that the Palomar knot is often the first result. This is because, when tied correctly, the Palomar knot will generally retain between 95 and 100 percent of its original breaking strength. The added benefit is that when you are learning how to fish this is a simple knot that can be attached to all types of fishing line.

As you slide your line through the bullet weight, leave a few inches of extra monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braid so you can effectively tie the knot.

Practice both knots as Texas builds your soft plastic baits and figure out which ones are best for you. Read the step-by-step instructions for tying both knots in our “Tying Fishing Knots” section, then get your fishing license online.

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Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.


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