If you’re used to using a mono fishing line, switching to braided can be a bit of an adjustment, especially when it comes to fishing knots for braided line. We’re going to show you five of the best fishing knots for braided line as well as some tips and tricks as to how to tie secure knots with this type of line.
Tips and Tricks
Mono or monofilament line is better at locking knots in place. Braided line has a much different surface texture, which means you have to have a slightly different approach.
If you run the line through the hook twice before tying the knot, it adds more friction and reduces some slipping that the braided line is known for.
Monofilament line is thicker and tying a knot with it using only one or two wraps is still pretty secure. Braided line is thinner and smoother. Doubling the number of wraps often results in better grip as it increases friction. Plus, because the braided line is so thin, doing this doesn’t add any unnecessary bulk to the knot.
Before tightening a braided fishing knot, wet it. Form the knot and then, once all of the wraps and turns are in place, add a drop of water or saliva to it right before giving it that final tug. This lubricates the knot slightly, which allows all the elements to smoothly lock in place with that final tug.
Always test your knots. You should give each one a firm tug to make sure it’s as strong as possible. It’s better to discover flaws early than to have the fishing knot fail right when you need it the most.
Best Fishing Knots for Braided Line
Here are five of the best knots to use with a braided line. They can be used with all types and strengths and cover just about any purpose you’ll need.
1. Palomar Knot
We’ll start with one of the easiest knots there is to attach a hook, swivel, or lure to a braided line. The palomar knot only has three simple steps. Pass the line through the eye of the hook. Then, tie a simple overhand knot loosely, with the hook hanging from the bottom. Hold it between your thumb and pointer finger, passing the loop over the hook itself and slide it into the loop above the hook. Then, pull and tighten down so the knot is on the eye, not the shank.
One of the best things about this knot is you don’t need to make any adjustments for the braided line. There are plenty of friction points so you don’t have to change a thing.
2. Albright Knot
This knot is an effective way to join a braided line to any size monofilament or fluorocarbon. Use the heavier line, usually the monofilament, to make a loop. Then, pull the braided line through the loop, giving yourself at least 10 inches to work with. Hold both sides of the loop and the light line between your thumb and pointer finger, then wrap the braided line 10 times over itself and the loop. Feed the end of the braided line through the loop, making sure the lines come out on the same side of the loop. Hold the heavy line and slide the knot to the end. Then, pull tight to secure.
3. Trilene Knot
The Trilene knot is another simple knot that doesn’t necessarily require any adjustments. Thread the line through the eye twice, wrap the end around the line a few times, then thread the end through both loops. When you do this knot with a monofilament line, you usually wrap it five times. This will work with braided filament, but to make sure it’s as strong as possible, we recommend using about ten wraps, just to be on the safe side.
4. Uni Knot
This multi-purpose knot is considered a classic and can be used to tie a lure, hook, or swivel right to braided fishing line. The Uni is a noose-style knot that is designed to slide down the line and sit tight against the eye of the hook. It’s easy to learn and quick to do, making it a great go-to for a lot of purposes. Using some of the tops we went over earlier can really help to strengthen the Uni. Be sure to run the line through the hook eye twice and use ten wraps, not five.
5. Double Uni Knot
As you might have guessed, the Double UniKnot is very similar to the Uni Knot, so if you have that one down, this one won’t be a problem. This is an excellent knot for connecting line to line, even when they have a large difference in diameter. If you’re looking for a knot to pair a braided line with a thicker monofilament, check this one out.
All you have to do is overlap the ends of the two lines you want to join so that they’re facing in opposite directions. Take either strand and form a loop. Using the same strand, wrap around the loop and the other line 10 times. Repeat with the other strand. Wet the knot, and then pull it tight. You should have two knots, each wrapped around the opposite line.
Next, pull the lines in opposite directions. The two knots should come together, preventing the other from sliding off the line and forming a strong connection. (Note that if you’re joining to a monofilament, you should only wrap the mono five times, not ten.)
Best Fishing Knots for Braided Line
Braided fishing lines don’t have the same stretch that monofilaments do, but they can cast a lot farther, in part because they’re so much thinner and slice through the air so gracefully. When you know the best fishing knots for braided line, you can rest assured that your line has the strength and stability it needs to reel in that big catch.
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