Many anglers discover the hard way that a snug knot is often a poor choice for direct connection to lures. By design, snug knots will stifle action and suppress wiggle, deadening many lures beyond redemption.
The solution is a strong, easy-to-tie loop knot like the Kreh.
Easier to tie than the Rapala knot, the Krey holds fast in slick fluorocarbon and really lets a lure strut its stuff.
Start with six or seven inches from the end of your tag line and tie a simple overhand loop.
Tighten it down just a bit, leaving plenty of gap.
Run the tag end through the eye of your lure.
Run the tag end back through the overhand loop on the same side that it left the overhand knot. This is critical!
Take up most of the slack in the tag end, and pull the overhand knot tighter, but do not tighten it down!
Holding the overhand knot and tag end between your finger and thumb, loop the tag end around the standing line 5 times.
Bring the tag end back through the overhand loop in the same orientation as before! This is critical!
Wet your knot.
Cinch it down carefully by pulling the tag and standing ends simultaneously.
Advantages of the Kreh Non Slip Loop Knot
Awesome action - the Kreh knot creates a loop that won’t slip, giving your lure room to breathe. In turn, this allows your expensive crankbait, torpedo, or jerkbait to really shimmy for all its worth, improving action and increasing vibration.
Strong - Don’t worry about chasing 100% knots with fluorocarbon; that won’t happen. But the Kreh gives you roughly 83% of your line’s test strength, and that’s plenty.
Fast - A strong knot that takes forever to tie can be great until the pressure’s on. I like knots that I can tie right now, in the heat of it, because 9 times out of 10, that’s when you’ll need to tie a new one!
Easy - Speed and simplicity work hand in glove, and the Kreh is the easiest non-slip loop knot to tie.
The Kreh in Fluorocarbon and Braid
As you probably know, pretty much any knot that works in fluorocarbon or braid will hold in mono.
That’s rarely the case the other way around, however!
That’s because braided and fluorocarbon lines don’t bite on themselves very well, meaning that they can’t apply enough friction against themselves to hold standard knots. The result is that they’ll “pull out” and slide free.
By contrast, mono grips against itself like you’ve applied glue to the knot, and it’s just a lot more forgiving of the knot design.
The Kreh tries to get around this slipperiness by using several clever tricks to increase friction over a large area, improving lock-up in braid and fluoro. The combination of an overhand knot and a gallows knot applies lots of pressure at two points, distributing stress and dramatically increasing friction.
That leads to good results in fluorocarbon, and it grips like a gorilla when tied in monofilament!
When Do Kreh Knots Fail?
Tied well, the Kreh will not “pull out” even in braid or fluorocarbon, and because it distributes stress pretty well, it will routinely provide about 83% of your line’s test strength in fluorocarbon.
About The Author
If it has fins, John has probably tried to catch it from a kayak. A native of Louisiana, he now lives in Sarajevo, where he's adjusting to life in the mountains. From the rivers of Bosnia to the coast of Croatia, you can find him fishing when he's not camping, hiking, or hunting.
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