So, you’re curious how to attach your level line to your tenkara rod lillian. What knot do you use? How do you tie it? You’ve come to the right place!

Before we get started, you might want to review our post describing the elements of a tenkara rod, but here’s the abridged version:

A tenkara rod includes:

  1. a rod
  2. a lillian (also called a “tip-set”)
  3. a level line (also called an “aerial line” or “main line”)
  4. tippet

What is “a lillian”?

Lillian is a braided hollow core cordage that is braided. Having a hollow core, the Lillian”slips” onto the extremely small diameter tip section of any your tenkara rod.

Lost? This is the lillian (the red stuff):

What is the “level line”?

The level line is the line that runs from the lillian to the tippet. The level line usually remains above the water while fishing.


Here’s how you tie a knot to attach your level line to your lillian

Ready to tie your level line to your lillian? Here are the three steps:

  1. Make a slip loop knot with your level line
  2. Pass the end of the lillian through the level line loop twice
  3. Tighten the slip loop knot down by holding the two wraps of the lillian together and pulling the level line to tighten the slip loop down onto the lilian

Are you more of a visual learner? Then watch this video on how to attach your level line to your lillian:

A side note

A lot of tenkara rods come with lillians knotted at the end and some level lines already have slip loop knots, which is great news and makes life much easier for a beginner.

If your lillian is knotted and your level line already has a slip loop knot, here’s how you attach the two:

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