How to Tie The World’s Fair Knot

Posted by nick under Knots

Not many people know this knot, but it’s a good one to add to your arsenal.

This knot was created by Gary L. Martin and was selected by a panel of outdoor writers as the best new all around fishing knot out of 498 entries. It was demonstrated to the public for the first time at the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair.

It works great on line up to 40lb test, and is very strong. Try it and see how you like it.

This knot is used to attach terminal tackle.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

Step 1.

Create a loop six inches long and pass it through the eye of your tackle.

tying world's fair knot

Step 2.

Bring the loop back and pull the doubled line up through the loop.

world's fair knot step 2

Step 3.

Pull the tag end under the doubled line.

world's fair knot step 3

Step 4.

Bring the tag end back over the doubled line and through the loop you just made.

world's fair knot step 4

Step 5.

Pull the tag end and slide the knot down to the eye until tight. Clip off the excess.

world's fair knot step 5


Knot Tying Terms

standing line: the part of the line that is not involved in making the knot; the part of the line that “stands still.”
tag end: the very end of of the line; the part of the line that is being used to make the knot.
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One Response to “How to Tie The World’s Fair Knot”

  1. Ray Says:

    Thank you for sharing all this helpful and interesting information. I really like the World’s Fair knot. I find it easy to learn and to do.

    Some of the things you share about fish is helping me understand people and how we are to fish for men, something I believe God had planned from the beginning before the world was made.


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