The Best Wire To Leader Knot: Albright Special (With The Secret Hollywood Twist)

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It’s knot time!

If you’re targeting toothy fish like mackerel, sharks or barracuda, you’re going to need a wire leader.

Sure, you could use a swivel to connect your mono or fluorocarbon leader to the wire leader, but that extra hardware might tip off the fish that there’s something not quite right, and result in fewer strikes…

The solution?

Use the Albright Special to tie your wire leader directly to your mono or fluorocarbon leader.

In this video Capt. Mark Johnson, aka “HOLLYWOOOOD”, from Florida Keys Fun Fishing teaches us how to tie the Albright Special.

Plus, he’ll show you the secret “Hollywood Twist” to keep the wire from accidentally slicing you or anyone on your boat.

Wire To Leader Knot: The Albright Special [VIDEO]

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In case you missed it, the finished product also includes a Haywire Twist to connect the wire leader to the hook or jig head.

Check out the video below to learn how to tie a Haywire Twist.

Wire To Hook: How To Tie A Haywire Twist [VIDEO]

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Remember, if you’re targeting mackerel, sharks, barracuda or other toothy fish, you’ll need a wire leader.

And instead of using swivels to connect the wire to your mono or fluorocarbon leader, use the Albright Special knot for extra stealth.

For the best fishing knots of all time, check out this post.

Are you targeting toothy fish?

What knots do you use?

Let us know in the comments!

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Kent Weeks
2 months ago

I started guiding offshore in the early 90’s. It would be worth mentioning, in my opinion, that the pliers you are using should be aluminum. I have seen people using steel pliers and put damage the wire. I personally refrain from ever using pliers on wire leaders. Yes, it can be tough on your hands, but it’s a lot easier on the wire. One other note, when you take off the wire tag end, PLEASE do your self a favor and throw it away where it can’t be stepped on. They can be as sharp as a hypodermic needle. Just a few tidbits for the pile. Tight lines!

Austin Quina
2 years ago

I’ve seen 3 ways to make this knot and would like to see you do a strength test on it the 3 different ways. Some people never enter the bend of the wire until on the way on after wrapping so only the tag goes through the bend in the wire. Some people enter from the top and then leave from the same direction so the leader and it’s tag for through the bend in the wire on the same side. Then this video shows leaving from opposite directions. Seams to me this is the weakest of the 3 because the wire would cut the leader on a big fish like a king, probably doesn’t really matter with Spanish. I’ve looked at all 3 ways under a magnifying glass and the first way where the only thing going through the bend in the wire is the tag end seems the best because the pull of the main end of the leader never encounters the bend so it has far less chance of failure. Not sure if this makes sense maybe I can upload some pictures but this link shows what I think may be a superior method for the wore to leader connection. Please let me know your thoughts.

https://youtu.be/hb_s2ep4ajA

Thanks,

Austin

Art Heiter
2 years ago

These were two solid little tutorials that a lot of folks are going to appreciate once they put them into practice. Thank you!

JIm Nelson
2 years ago

Thanks. This gives me a great solution to questions I had about an appropriate knot between mono/fluoro to a short wire leader when this rigging is suggested as a good strategy. I’ll give the knots a few practice trials.

At some point, I might actually get a kayak/surf fishing road trip organized at the right time of year where I can put this to a field test. Or maybe even use it for pike and muskie in a future northern lakes trip (maybe mostly fantasy at this point).

At the basic level of setting up for the targeted fishing one is doing, I have appreciated the Salt Strong tutorials on knots, basic rigs and narrowing down the rod, reel, tackle selections for given situations. It good to have some confidence in those aspects. Then the guidance on location, timing, when to try something different, or when to move on can be all that more effective.

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