Fishing Knots

King Sling

The King Sling knot is used primarily as a connection for crank baits. This knot results in more strikes because it allows the lure to work freely, from the open loop, making it more lifelike. It is best used with line testing 20 pounds or less. Until recently, the King Sling knot was a good knot to use for braided material. However, that was proven wrong. North American Fisherman compared both the King Sling Knot and the NanoFil knot (Berkley's super line knot)and the NanoFil ended up being a clear winner.
 
Here are some steps to follow when tying the King Sling Knot:
 
Step 1:
 
First you must insert the tag end of the leader through the eye of the hook or lure. Make sure it extends around 8 to 10 inches. 

Step 2:
Once that is done, hold the tag end and the standing line in your left hand, then form a loop. 

Step 3:
 Pinching the loop at the bottom, twist clockwise around 3 to 4 times with the index finger of your opposite hand. 

Step 4:
Now, you must pass the hook or lure through the loop you just created, at the end of the twists. At this point, you can manipulate the knot to set the size of the loop you desire.

Step 5:
In order to tighten the knot, hold the line above the bait and desired loop length. Once you are holding both, you must pull the tag end and standing part of the line at the same time. Trim the tag end after that is done. 
 
 

Our Take:

This is how a Kings Sling Knot is usually done. The steps are simply, if you follow through exactly how it is done. With a couple of tries, you can become an expert in no time.

Joshua Keaton

Joshua is our senior staff writer for Fishing.org and Shooting.org. He is an avid hunter, clay shooter and amateur photographer.