If you’ve ever used braided fishing line you probably know that you can’t always use the same knots as you would with mono or fluoro. In this post, I’m going to be talking about the best fishing knots for tying braided line to leaders, swivels, and anything else you might be attaching.
I almost always use braided line as my main fishing line because it’s a lot stronger than normal fishing line, lasts much longer, and seems to cast better as well. The only thing you’ll have to be aware of is that you sometimes have to use a different knot.
Since the line is pretty thin and slick you’re not going to be able to use a standard fishing knot and this is something I know from experience. Continue reading or watch the video below for the full details on how to tie braided line to leaders, swivels, reels, and lures.
Braid To Leader
There are a number of different knots you can tie for this and everyone will have their favorite. The one I normally use is the blood knot and have never had any issues with it breaking off. It works great if you’re using a heavier line (50-60 lb) but you can still use it for lighter stuff as well (under 20 lbs).
The reason I like this knot is that you know right away whether or not it’s tied together correctly. It can sometimes be tough with certain knots but if you don’t connect the lines correctly with this it’ll slip right away. If it’s tight then it’ll stay the way. Here’s how to tie the Blood Knot:
The first thing you’ll want to do is cross the lines and pin them together with your thumb and finger. You’re then going to wrap the braid around the leader and the leader around the braid in opposite directions. If you’re connecting heavier line you’ll wrap each of them 9 times. If you’re using lighter line you’ll wrap the braided line 11 times and the leader line 7 times.
Wrap the braided line around the leader line first and then bring the braided line back across the middle point. Pin it there and wrap the leader line around the braid in the opposite direction. At the middle point, you’ll see a loop and all you have to do is put the leader line through that. Wet the knot a bit and pull it tight. The tag ends should be pointing in different directions.
Leader To Hook
The knot you use here doesn’t make a huge difference in my opinion (since you’re using standard fishing line) but the one I think is the strongest is the Palomar Knot. It’s pretty easy to do and there’s really no way it’s going to slip and break. Here’s how to tie the Palomar Knot:
The first thing you’ll want to do is put the fishing line through the eye of the hook. You’ll then go back through the same way and you’ll be left with a loop on one side of the hook and the two tag ends on the other. After that, you’ll tie an overhand knot and tighten it up (doesn’t need to be super tight). You’ll then want to take the hook and put it through the loop you’re left with. All you have to do now is pull it tight and you’re ready to go.
Braid To Hook
If I’m tying braided line directly to a hook then I’ll still use the Palomar knot but I’ll make one quick adjustment. I think you’ll be completely fine using a standard Palomar but I always like to add a bit more security to it. The video for the Palomar Knot is above.
All you’ll do is put the fishing line through the eye of the hook and instead of putting it back through the same way you’ll do a complete 360 and put it through again. Once you’ve gone through the original side twice, you’ll continue with the steps of the standard Palomar.
Everything is exactly the same except you’ll have an extra loop around the eye of the hook. Braided line is really slippery and that’s why it won’t work with a lot of knots. That extra loop just adds a bit more bite to keep things nice and snug.
Like I was saying before, there are a number of different knots you can use to tie braided line but these are what I’ve always used. The only time I’ve had an issue was when I was first learning them and didn’t tie them correctly. Once I got the hang of them I’ve never had any problems with slippage or the knot breaking.
I know they’ll be tough to learn by reading so be sure to watch the video above for the step by step walkthrough. They’re all extremely simple and you’ll get the hang of them quickly.
Until next time, happy fishing. If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks.
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