5 Best Fishing Knots for Braided Fishing Line
If you've made the switch from mono to braid and are wondering which knots to use, this article walks you through five of the best fishing knots for braided fishing line. Plus, we offer some tying tips to make your knots stronger and more reliable when using braid.
Monofilament fishing line has a certain bite to it that locks knots in place with relative ease. Braid, on the other hand, tends to be more slippery, and if not tied properly, can fail under pressure.
Luckily, there are a few tricks you can do when tying knots with braid to reduce slippage and make your knots as strong as possible.
Run braid through the eye of the hook twice before tying the knot. This adds an additional point of friction within the knot, reducing much of the slippage that commonly occurs when tying with braid.
Double the number of wraps. Since monofilament is thicker and has more bite than braid, fewer wraps are required to create a secure knot. But with braid, since it is thinner and has a tendency to slip, adding double the number of wraps as you would with mono will add much-needed friction and won't add any noticeable bulk to the knot.
Wet your knots before tightening. Once you tie the knot and get all the wraps and turns in place, add a drop of saliva to the knot right before you pull it tight. This lubricates the knot helping all the wraps fall into place, creating a better set when tension is applied.
Test your knots after tying. After you cinch down your knot, give it a solid tug to fully set the knot and test its strength. When you do this, any flaws in your knot will be revealed immediately. It's better to have a knot fail in your hands than fail on a fish.
The following knots are ideal for tying strong knots in braided fishing line of all varieties and strengths. Together, these five knots cover nearly all applications when rigging up your lines and leaders.
An all-time classic, multi-purpose fishing knot, the Uni Knot, is one of the best knots you can use to tie a hook, lure, or swivel directly to braided fishing line. As you'll see later, there's even a variation of the Uni Knot that can be used to create a line-to-line connection between braid and monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders.
In function, the Uni is a noose-style knot that slides down the mainline and cinches tight against the eye of the hook. Once learned, it only takes a few seconds to tie and works well for almost any size line.
While you can use the basic instructions to tie the Uni Knot for braid, using the tips previously mentioned — running the line through the hook eye twice and using 10 wraps instead of five — greatly improves the knot when fishing with braid.
The Palomar Knot is one of the easiest knots ever developed to tie a hook, lure, or swivel directly to braided line. There're only three steps to tying the Palomar Knot, and the most complicated maneuver is tying a basic overhand knot — it doesn't get much easier than that.
While knots like the Uni Knot need a few tweaks to be optimized for braided line, the standard Palomar works perfectly well without any improvements. It automatically gives you two strands around the eye of the hook and has plenty of friction points to minimize slipping.
The Trilene knot is essentially an improved version of the tried-and-true clinch knot. Simply thread the line through the eye of the hook twice, wrap the tag end around the main line several times (like you would with a standard clinch knot), then thread the tag end through both loops in the hook eye. That's all there is to it.
While the Trilene Knot already features the first of our braid-specific knot alterations, it can be further improved by using 10 to 12 wraps instead of the five you would do with monofilament.
The Double Uni Knot is one of the easier line-to-line connections to master. The best part is if you can tie a single Uni Knot like we covered earlier, you can tie a Double Uni with ease.
Unlike other line-to-line connections like the Blood Knot, the Double Uni Knot can be used to connect lines that have a relatively large difference in diameter. This is especially helpful when pairing thin diameter braided line with much thicker monofilament or fluorocarbon leader material.
To tie the Double Uni Knot, overlap the end of your braided line with the end of your leader so the two ends are pointing in opposite directions. Take one of the strands (doesn't matter which) and form a loop just like you do when tying a single Uni Knot. Wrap the tag end of the same strand through the loop 10 times, making sure to wrap around the strand of the other line as well. Wet the knot and cinch it tight. Follow the same exact procedure with the end of the other line.
You should end up with two single Uni knots, each one wrapped around the opposite line. To complete the connection, pull each mainline in opposite directions simultaneously. The two Uni Knots will butt together forming a very strong Double Uni connection.
The Albright Knot is another great line-to-line connection that's perfect for joining braided line with any diameter of monofilament or fluorocarbon.
When tying the Albright Knot, it's important to put the initial bend in the thicker of the two lines you're connecting, which in most cases is your mono or fluoro leader. The added bonus of putting the bend in the thicker leader is the bend is pointing towards the rod, which allows the knot to easily slide through the rod guides if you happen to reel in past your leader.
Fishing with braided line has many advantages over monofilament, and when you use the best fishing knots for braided fishing line, you end up with a very line system to haul in any fish you hook into. The good news is that these knots are all very simple, and with the tips to tie stronger knots in braid, they'll stand up to any tackle you rig to your line.