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Perfection Loop

Learning to tie the Perfection Loop may seem difficult until you get the hang of it, then you can tie it quickly, even in the dark. It’s a reliable knot for fresh and saltwater, very strong and can be tied in light or heavy mono or fluorocarbon lines; but is not recommended for gelspun lines because they are so slippery. As with many knots, it’s a good idea to wet it with saliva before drawing tight to lubricate the surface of the mono.

The Perfection Loop is an excellent choice for looping sinkers and hooks to bottom-fishing rigs, and is preferred by many party boat anglers over the Surgeon’s Loop, which is slightly easier to tie but has a bulky profile. When drawn tight, the Perfection Loop is a slim knot that sheds weed, sea grass and bottom debris. Fly fishermen use it to add a loop at the end of the leader butt. A hook or fly can be added to the large loop before drawing the knot tight.

NOTE: For illustration purposes, 80-pound-test HI-VIS TUF-Line Dacron was used for the photos taken by Linda Barrett.

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Step 1

Form a small loop as shown.

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Step 2

Form a larger second loop over the small loop.

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Step 3

Slip the tag end between the two loops (under the large loop, on top of the small loop).

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Step 4

Reach through the small loop and pull the larger loop through.

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Step 5

Firmly hold all four legs and draw tight.

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Step 6

Trim the tag end to finish the Perfection Loop Knot.

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