The Best Braid To Leader Knot In The World From 24 Fishing Pros
It’s fishing knot time!!!
In particular, it’s time to talk about the best braid to leader knots.
Do you know which knot takes the honor of “Strongest fishing braid to leader knot in the world?”
My guess is that if you are anything like me, you go with the knot that you are most comfortable with, especially if you are in a hurry and need a reliable knot that won’t slip.
Last year, my brother Luke decided to put all of the most popular braid to leader fishing knots against each other in a “Knot Contest.” (see the full knot contest here)
And although the FG Knot won most of the strongest knot contests, it isn’t the easiest braid to leader knot to tie.
Moreover, many anglers have created their own unique knots with a few extra hitches, wraps, etc that are probably just as strong (and perhaps even stronger) than the FG knot.
But all of this knot analysis got us curious…
We wondered what some of the pros and fishing guides were using out there.
Not so much which knot they thought was the absolute strongest, but which one they thought was the BEST while on the boat trying to get the best line to leader knot as quick as possible.
Otherwise known as their “Go To” or “Best” braid to leader knot.
Here is what we found after asking 24 top fishing pros.
George Poveromo – Salt Water Sportsman
George Poveromo – My favorite braid to leader connection is the Bristol Knot (with a few extra twists… see below)
I tie a short double line (Bimini) in the braid (since braid has a slick finish, I double the wraps and go with 48 wraps – standard with mono is 24). I then will double the Bristol wraps when joining the leader to the braid, from 8 to 16 wraps. Once cinched down, it makes a solid, minuscule connection.
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Jimmy Nelson – Extreme Fishing Adventures
Jimmy’s go-to braid to leader knot: Double Uni Knot
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Tom Rowland – Saltwater Experience
Tom’s go-to braid to leader knot: Double Uni Knot
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Capt. Krista “Redfish” Tucker
Capt. Krista’s go-to knot: Surgeon’s knot for inshore light tackle because it’s fast and easy. For larger line and bigger fish I go with the FG Knot.
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Capt. Mike Goodwine – Blackneck Adventures
Capt. Mike’s go-to braid to leader knot: Double Uni Knot
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Capt. C.A. Richardson – FlatsClass TV
C.A.’s go-to braid to leader knot: The No Name Knot
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Rich Tudor – Saltwater Experience
Rich’s go-to braid to leader knot: Double Uni Knot
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Josh Jorgensen – BlacktipH
Josh’s go to braid to leader knot: The FG Knot
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Peter Miller – “Bass 2 Billfish”
Peter’s go-to braid to leader knot: Double Uni Knot
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Luke Simonds – Chief Fishing Addict at Salt Strong
Luke’s go-to braid to leader knot: FG Knot
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Capt. Ben Chancey – Chew On This
Capt. Ben’s go-to braid to leader knot: Doubled Braid Uni to Uni
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Capt. Jeff Maggio – Lunkerdog
Capt. Jeff’s go-to braid to leader knot: 12-twist Albright
It the knot he has used for years to catch lunkers in people’s faces…
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Bo and Deidra – Fish Tenacity Guide Service
Bo and Deidra’s go-to braid to leader knots: For light tackle fishing for our gulf coast backcountry species, I prefer a uni to uni after doubling the surface area of the braid with a spider hitch.
And for our tarpon /shark rigs, I like a reverse Albright, once again doubling the surface area of the braid with a spider hitch.
For the Goliath Rigs – that’s up to Hercules (aka Bo) to tie that 650 lb weed wacker line! ha!”
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Blair Wiggins – Addictive Fishing
Blair’s go-to braid to leader knot: FG Knot
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Nick Honachefsky – Saltwater Underground
Nick’s go-to braid to leader knot: Albright knot for 50 lb braid to mono leader that is 30 to 50 lb when bottom fishing.
Uni to uni knots when tying light braid like 20 lb to light leader like 10 to 15 lb for casting
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Capt. Jamie Hough – Flat Spot Charters
Capt. Jamie’s go-to braid to leader knot: I always use a twisted spider hitch to tie a double line in my Spiderwire Ultracast. I use a reverse Albright knot to connect my fluorocarbon to my braid. A lot of guys have trouble with light braid, say 10-pound like I use, and a 20 or 30-pound leader because your line to leader knot will slip depending on the type of line and obviously the type of knot used.
A Uni knot, for example, is one of the best knots on the planet. But the braid part of the Uni is so small when pulled tight, that it will actually go through the mono portion of the Uni. With the double line and the reverse Albright, that isn’t possible. Not to mention, with the Albright there is only one tag end. As a bonus, when it’s time to put a new leader on, you just cut the old leader real close, pull the knot portion out of the double line, and tie a new leader on. You don’t ever have to retie your double line which saves you time.
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Carter Andrews: “The Obsession Of Carter Andrews”
Carter’s go-to braid to leader knot: The FG knot is my favorite knot (and my go-to knot) on all of my leader to braid connections when I leave the dock. The FG takes a few more minutes to tie than other knots, so as I am preparing my tackle before a day of fishing I tie 6-8 feet of leader on all rods and that usually gets me through the day. I have landed many fish over 200 pounds with this knot, and the cast ability is superior to any other.
When I am strictly fishing big game and fluoro is not an issue I use the Brazil knot.
In the heat of the moment on the water if I have to re-tie I will use a variation of the Yucatan knot especially with heavier leaders. I tend to tie this with a shorter piece of leader 2-4 and keep the knot out of the tip when casting
With inshore or freshwater with light braid and light leaders I use a 4-turn Surgeon’s knot when I am re-tying, but I start the day with FG knot.
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Gene Jensen – Flukemaster
Flukemaster’s go-to knot: The FG Knot
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Capt. Peter Deeks – Native Sons Fishing
Peter’s go-to braid to leader fishing knot: Blood Knot and Double the braid over – super quick knot, very strong, and won’t leave you catching edges that grab grass or pull water
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Billy Clyde Alstrom – Suncoast Fishing Charters
Billy’s go-to braid to fishing knot: I tie a Doubled Braid Uni to Uni knot.
But when I’m tying with braid I double the braid back on itself rather than tie the knot with the loop. The hardest part is cinching the knot down, but that is hand’s down my go-to knot and it’s the strongest one I have come across.
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Chasten Whitfield – Fishing 4A Cause
Chasten’s go-to knot: Double Uni knot
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Capt. George Gozdz – Reel Time Florida Sportsman
Capt. George’s go-to braid to leader knot: The Improved Albright after doubling the braided line with a spider hitch.
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Capt. Nick Stanczyk – Florida Keys Swordfishing
Capt. Nick’s go-to braid to leader knot: My go to knot for tying leader to line is Double Uni knot. Instead of 4 turns in the main line on mono I usually do 8 turns on the braid.
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Capt. Bouncer Smith – Bouncer’s Dusky 33
We fish 20 and 30-pound monofilament leaders on 20-pound braid loaded Penn Battles for everything from bait to sailfish.
We use a 8 turn uni knot in the braid around the mono, and a 4 turn uni-knot in the mono around the braid. Pull the knots together and pull the knots tight.
This works time after time without fail, Capt Bouncer Smith
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It’s pretty evident that there is no one fishing knot that all fishing guides and pro anglers can agree on after hearing from all of these anglers.
Everything from the Double Uni to the Albright to the FG Knot (and a few in between) were the go-to knots for these pros.
What’s your favorite braid to leader knot?
Let us know in the comments.
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