How to Make a Paracord Fisherman’s Lanyard

Tutorial – Make a Paracord Fisherman’s Lanyard


 When I’m fishing, I love to have a fingernail clipper, hemostat or a pair of needlenose pliers readily available. So I got to thinking about a paracord lanyard that could hold the aforementioned items. And then I began thinking about how I could incorporate fishing knots into my lanyard. What resulted is what you see in the picture above.

My lanyard uses an Albright Knot and a Dropper Loop. Alternatively, you could close the lanyard with a Blood Knot. To dress things up a bit, I also used a Cobra Weave (not really a fishing knot). I picked a neutral color (Desert Storm Camo) for fishing.

I used approximately 12 feet of 550 paracord. You will also need a sharp pair of scissors and a lighter for singeing loose paracord ends. Be very careful not to burn yourself on melted paracord. Kids need adult supervision.

I’ll be linking to a website called so you can easily visualize how to tie these knots.

paracord fisherman's lanyard

Pictured above is the Dropper Loop and I will be attaching the key ring to this loop so I can fasten the fingernail clipper. For fishing purposes, a dropper loop provides an additional point to attach bait or lures to your line. I didn’t use the same number of loops for this knot as shown by the animation. The fingernail clipper is used to trim or cut fishing line.

paracord fisherman's lanyard

I dressed the lanyard up some by stitching a Cobra Weave just above the Dropper Loop.

I decided to close the lanyard by using an Albright Knot. This knot is used to join fishing lines made of different materials such as monofilament to braided. An alternative knot could be the Blood Knot (pictured above beneath the Albright Knot), which is another knot used to join fishing line. Note — I didn’t use as many loops for my knots as you would for fishing line.

Pictured above is another lanyard I made by just looping around a key ring and using the Cobra Weave. This one holds a pair of hemostats which comes in handy for removing fish hooks from the fish’s mouth. The yellow color might be a little too bright for fishing.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a paracord fisherman’s lanyard. I’m sure you can get creative and find other fishing knots that could be used to make a lanyard. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments field below.