How-To Tie a Bangkok Twist Knot

The Bangkok twist is a knot I learned while fishing in Malaysia that came highly recommended. It is generally used to fish artificials for species that tend to be particularly toothy. With some practice, I figured out how to tie it quickly and efficiently, and have since landed big snakeheads, bass, bowfin and trophy snook using this knot.

Today, the Bangkok twist is my go-to knot when fishing artificials due to its ease of use when swapping out lures as well as its added abrasion resistance. Essentially, you’re quadrupling the strength of whatever braided line you are using to connect to your lure and the twists prevent the teeth from penetrating the line. 


1: Measure out approximately 18 to 24 inches of line and fold it in half.

2: Tie a spider hitch on the reel side of the line. To do this, you make one small loop with the folded line and pinch it between your index finger and thumb on your non-dominant hand. Then follow this with three additional larger loops around the original loop, which are also pinched in the same manner.

3: Finish the spider hitch, thread the tag end through the center of all four loops. Gently release the loops as you pull the tag end tight, making sure that you do not create any unintentional knotted loops during this process.

4: Once you have the spider hitch secure, pinch it in your non-dominant hand and slip your index finger of your dominant hand through the tag end (the end with the fold, not the spider hitch).

5: Now twist the folded line approximately 100 times, creating a tight spiral between the spider hitch and the tag end looped around your index finger.

6: Use your pinky finger from your dominant hand (the hand with the braided line twisted to the index finger) to reach up to the middle of the twisted line and fold the line in half. You will notice that the line starts to turn on itself — this is good and helps strengthen the connection to the lure.

7: To complete the knot, you simply tie a half hitch near the original spider hitch that started the knot. Make sure this half-hitch knot is just below the spider hitch, on the lure side of the knot. Tighten the knot, trim off the tags that are left over and simply thread the tag end through the eye of your lure.

You can experiment with different lengths of braid to determine the best connection for your application. Different knots have different applications; the key is finding a knot that works for what you’re trying to do, while also being something you can wrap quickly and confidently. This knot, once dialed, is quick to tie and can be used over and over. Give this knot a shot.