Hello interweb. Too many people that I have fished with do not know how to tie a good fishing knot and end up losing both lures and fish because of this. The knot that I use most often is not technically the best for avoiding line weakness caused by the knot, but I have never lost a fish or had line break at the knot during a snag. The knot is simple, easy to remember, and effective which are ALL important when you have your hands full on the water.
First stick your line through the wire loop at the front of your lure or snap swivel.
Next, wrap the short end of the line around the long end 7 times.
Next, take the remaining part of the short end of the line through the loop created at the lure or snap swivel.
Finally, take the remaining short end created on the side of the wrappings. Slowly pull the knot tight and when it is almost all the way to the lure or snap swivel, pull the remaining part of the short end tight and snug the knot all the way.
This is the line almost snugged to the lure or snap swivel with the short end pulled tight.
This is the line snugged all the way to the lure or snap swivel. All that you have to do now is trim the ramining short end with about 1/8" remaining and start fishing!