The Best Fishing Knots Of All Time [Ranked Strongest To Weakest]

It’s fishing knot time!

Do you want to know something that might shock you about fishing knots?

After testing hundreds of fishing knots over the past couple of years, I’ve learned one very important lesson…

The “100% fishing knot” is a myth.

Why?

Physics.

Yes, simple physics is the reason why. Pretty much all knots will create a weak point on the line given that it creates a point on the line where a max load is hitting it from more than just one direction.

And although there are some instances where the main line (or leader) will break before the knot fails, there is no single knot that can always do that with all types of lines.

So step #1 in using the strongest possible knots for your fishing needs is to understand that there is no such thing as a “100% knot”…

And if you hear someone say that their knot is 100% without any exclusions, then they likely have never tested it out in a controlled test with multiple lines, so I be wary of their recommendation.

Here’s the hard truth…

Your favorite fishing knot is weak, and so is mine

This is simply due to the fact the contorting line and creating hard turns that get put under tension will always create a weak point in the line making it the weakest point in the system (assuming that the main line is not compromised).

Note: This weak point is almost always at the first hard turn in the top section of the knot coming from the main line, so it most often leaves a clean break which looks like the mainline simply snapped when an angler examines the line after a break-off. 

Now that we’re past the first hurdle (acceptance), step #2 is to actually test our knots to make sure that you don’t lose the fish of a lifetime due using a knot that isn’t the absolute best for each connection in your line system.

To help save you time in testing knots, I’ll be displaying results from my continued testing on this page.

Best of all, the individual fishing knots will be ranked based on their strength & performance results for the following knot connection categories:

Do You Know The STRONGEST Fishing Knot For Every Situation?

The results of these knot strength tests might surprise you!

Click here to download the FREE “Ultimate Fishing Knot PDF Guide” (only takes a few seconds)

 

Knot Category Groupings

Feel free to use the links below to skip down to the knot connection that you’re most interested in. Otherwise, you can simply scroll down to see all of the knots.

And if you don’t see your favorite knot listed, just leave a comment on the bottom of this post (click here) and I’ll add it to my list of fishing knots to evaluate.

So let’s get started…

Definition of Bad, Good, & Great Fishing Knots

best fishing knots

Before going on the knot strength results, it is essential that we first all understand the different categories of knots in terms of their strength:

  • Bad Knot: unravels/slips when under heavy tension
  • Good Knot: does not unravel or slip (it breaks before unraveling)
  • Great Knot: does not unravel/slip and has a higher breaking point than “Good knots”

How To Determine A Bad Knot

A bad knot is very easy to see because it leaves behind the telltale sign of trouble… the curly tag end.

Yes, the curly tag end that you may have seen after a break-off means that the knot used was either a bad knot, or there was a poor job in tying a good/great knot.

So if you ever see the curly end after a break-off, do not tie the same knot the same way because it’ll likely happen again.

How To Determine A Good Knot vs. A Great Knot

The difference between a Good knot and a Great knot requires the act of intentionally breaking them under a controlled test to see how much tension they can hold before the break occurs.

This is the missing link that most anglers overlook because it requires time and effort.

I am the perfect example of this because I was even fishing tournaments with money and pride at stake and never even bothered to actually test my personal knots.

And when I finally did test my knots, I was shocked at the results… the very first test I did revealed that I was getting 30% less strength than I otherwise would have had I been simply using a different knot for my line to leader connection (replacing the Double-Uni knot with the FG knot… both shown below).

So I highly recommend testing out your knots. And if you’d like a shortcut, this page shows the results from my testing below to help guide you to the best knots from my many tests done so far.

And I’ll continually update this “best fishing knot” post as more and more knots are tested so that you can have the latest and greatest data.

So if you want to save time while maximizing your line strength, this post is for you.

What Are The Best Fishing Knots?

There are many different types of lines which in many cases have completely different textures, sizes, and friction coefficients.

So we’ll be evaluating knots based on the type of line used within these general line categories:

  • Braid
  • Monofilament/Fluorocarbon
  • Wire (Coming soon)
  • Flyline (Coming soon)

And to truly evaluate a fishing knot, it is essential to focus each test on a specific type of connection because a knot that is very good for line-to-line connections is often not good at all for line-to-lure connections (and visa-Aversa).

So we’ll break out the rankings shown below into the following connections types for each line category:

  • Line-to-Line Knots
  • Line-to-Hook/Lure Knots [Snug]
  • Line-to-Hook/Lure Knots [Loop]

Let’s get started!

Do You Know The STRONGEST Fishing Knot For Every Situation?

The results of these knot strength tests might surprise you!

Click here to download the FREE “Ultimate Fishing Knot PDF Guide” (only takes a few seconds)

 

Best Fishing Knots for Braided Line

braided fishing line

Braided line has quickly become an extremely popular choice for inshore anglers because it allows for longer casts and better feel of lures given that its strength to diameter ratio is so much higher than mono/fluoro lines.

Plus, it has very little stretch which enables the angler to feel even the lightest of taps on the other end of the line.

But braid requires much for friction within the knot compared to monofilament so it almost always requires a different knot than the traditional knots used on mono.

Best Braid to Leader Knots

To kick things off, we’ll start with the most important of all connections for most saltwater anglers who use a lighter main line to connect to a stronger leader.

This setup is becoming very common because it allows for the overall system to have optimal casting performance (due to the lighter line in the reel) while having a stronger leader line at the business end to hold up to the sharp teeth and/or rough mouths of the target species.

Fluorocarbon is the most commonly used monofilament leader these days since it’s known for being less visible in the water while also being more resistant to abrasions, so this analysis is focused on connecting a braided line to a fluorocarbon leader.

Here are the top 5 ranking knots based on the knot tests I’ve done so far:

  1. PR Bobbin Knot [requires tools]
    • Pro: This is an extremely strong knot when tied correctly
    • Con: Requires tools to tie and takes a long time (extremely tough to do while on the water)
  2. FG Knot*
    • Pro: Thinnest knot I’ve ever seen while also having the highest breaking strength.
    • Con: Requires a strong cinch before cutting the tags so that it fully locks into place.
      • Note: Only use this knot if tying a braided line to a stronger mono/fluoro leader.
  3. 6 Turn Surgeon’s Knot
    • Pro: Very quick to tie while having a shocking strong breaking point and can be tied using lines of any size
    • Con: Bulkier and slightly weaker than the FG knot
  4. Doubled-Over Double Uni Knot
    • Pro: Easy knot to tie and it can be used for all connections
    • Con: Up to 30% weaker than the FG knot in my tests
  5. Crazy Alberto Knot
    • Pro: Nice low profile knot with a strong breaking point
    • Con: Up to 30% weaker than the FG knot in my tests
  6. Improved Albright
    • Pro: Nice low profile knot with a strong breaking point
    • Con: Weaker than the FG knot and the Crazy Alberto
  7. GT Knot
    • Pro: The viral version is easy to tie
    • Con: This knot isn’t nearly as strong as it’s touted for lighter lines

Click here to see the first contest I hosted for this connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best Doubled Braid-to-Leader Knots

Many anglers like to double the braid by forming a loop at the end of the braid and then tying a line-to-line knot to connect the doubled braid to the leader.

In many instances, this does increase the overall line strength for anglers who are using a lighter braid relative to the leader.

However, the FG knot tied on a single line has proven to outperform the doubled knot connections in most of my testing. The only combination that consistently beats the single line FG knot is the use of the FG knot to connect a doubled line formed by the Bimini Twist to the leader.

Line Doubling Knots [Braid]

  1. Bimini Twist
    • Pro: Extremely strong doubling knot
    • Con: It often requires more twists (30+) with braid so that it won’t slip
  2. Spider Hitch
    • Pro: Faster to tie than the Bimini Twist
    • Con: Not as strong as the Bimini Twist
  3. Surgeon Loop (6-turn)
    • Pro: Extremely fast to tie
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Bimini Twist

Doubled Line To Leader Knots [Braid to Fluoro]

  1. FG Knot
    • Pro: Thinnest knot I’ve ever seen while also having the highest breaking strength.
    • Con: Requires a very strong cinch before cutting the tags so that it fully locks into place.
      • Note: Only use this knot if tying a braided line to a stronger mono/fluoro leader.
  2. No-Name Knot (aka- Bristol Knot)
    • Pro: Quick and easy knot to tie
    • Con: Not as strong as the FG knot
  3. Yucatan Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy to tie (very similar to Bristol knot)
    • Con: Not as strong as the FG knot

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best Braid-to-Swivel/Lure/Hook Knots

This next category is focused for anglers who use braided line and like to use swivels.

But it could also be useful if you like to use connect your braided line directly to your terminal tackle (although I do not recommend tying directly to your lure or hook using braid because fish can see it so much better than mono/fluoro… instead, use a ~20 to 30 inch leader in between your braid and lure/hook).

  1. Braid Uni Knot
    • Pro: Great knot that is very strong and easy to tie
    • Con: Although an easy knot to tie, some are faster
  2. San Diego Jam Knot
    • Pro: Strong knot that is easy and quick to tie
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Modified Uni Knot
  3. Palomar Knot
    • Pro: Very fast and easy to tie
    • Con: Not as strong with braid as it is with mono
  4. Orvis Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy to tie
    • Con: Not as strong with braid as it is with mono
  5. Improved Cinch Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy to tie
    • Con: This knot doesn’t perform well with braid (prone to slippage)
  6. Clinch Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy to tie
    • Con: This knot doesn’t perform well with braid (prone to slippage)

Click here to see results from a contest I hosted for this connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best Fishing Knots for Monofilament/Fluorocarbon Line

best fishing knots for mono line

Monofilament line is used by almost all anglers in some capacity, so I’ve done many tests with knots using mono line.

For tests that I’ve done for my personal use, I focused on Fluorocarbon line, which is a specific type of mono.

Many anglers use Fluorocarbon for their leader material since it’s known to be stronger the less visible than traditional monofilament line.

Here’s what I’ve tested so far:

Best Mono-to-Mono Knots

Here are the top mono-to-mono knots that I have tested:

  1. 3 Turn Surgeon’s Knot*
    • Pro: Extremely easy and fast knot to tie with very strong holding strength
    • Con: Need to tie this before tying on a lure or hook
  2. SS Knot
    • Pro: Versatile knot connection with an impressive breaking strength
    • Con: Not quite as fast or strong as the Surgeon’s knot
  3. Double Uni Knot
    • Pro: Easy knot to tie and it can be used for all connections
    • Con: Not as fast or strong as the Surgeon’s knot
  4. Albright Special
    • Pro: Easy knot to tie that looks very nice once completed
    • Con: Not as fast or strong as the Surgeon’s knot
  5. Blood Knot
    • Pro: Easy to tie with lines of similar size
    • Con: Not as effective with lines of different diameters

Click here to see results from a contest I hosted for this connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best Line-to-Hook Knots [Mono/Fluoro]

Now that we covered the very important line-to-line connection, let’s dig in to the best fishing knots for connecting our hooks and lures to the end of the line.

For this category, we’ll split it up into two sections to cover the two core different types of connections:

  1. Loop Knot – Leaves a loop so that the lure/hook has more range of motion in the water (less strength compared to snug)
  2. Snug Knot – Line hugs around hook/lure eye forming a strong connection (less range of motion)

Note: I’ve specifically focused on fluorocarbon line since it’s the most popular for saltwater anglers… if you want me to test these with standard mono, just let me know and I’ll add it to this post.

Best Loop Knot to Lure/Hook

When fishing with artificial lures, using a loop knot is an advantage because it allows the lure to have more motion in the water which most often leads to more strikes.

But the downside is that loop knots are not as strong as snug knots, so that needs to be taken into account when selecting your leader line size and when setting drag.

Here are my favorites:

  1. Rapala Loop Knot
    • Pro: The strongest loop knot I’ve tested so far
    • Con: Takes a bit longer to tie than many others and leaves a tag end facing up which can snag weeds/debris
  2. Non-Slip Loop Knot (aka. Kreh Loop)*
    • Pro: Very quick and easy to tie and has a tag end that points down towards the lure (more weedless)
    • Con: Just a tad weaker than the Rapala knot
  3. Figure 8 Loop Knot
    • Pro: Tested to be very strong (very close to Rapala Loop Knot
    • Con: Takes longer to tie than the Non-Slip Loop knot and does not have a weedless tag end
  4. Perfection Loop Knot
    • Pro: Strong loop knot that is quick to tie
    • Con: Tougher to tie since this knot requires the hook/lure to pass through a loop
  5. Canoe Man Loop Knot
    • Pro: Extremely fast loop knot to tie
    • Con: Strength test was great with traditional mono, but it didn’t perform nearly as well with fluorocarbon

Click here to see the first contest I did with this important connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best “Snug” Knot to Lure/Hook

When going for maximum strength when having action in the water is not as important, then the snug knot is the way to go because a good snug knot will be a significant amount stronger than a good loop knot.

Here’s my ranking of the Snug knots that I’ve tested so far:

  1. Palomar Knot
    • Pro: Very strong knot that is easy to tie when using bare hooks
    • Con: Can become cumbersome when using larger lures because it requires the lure pass through a loop
  2. Uni Knot
    • Pro: Good knot that is fairly quick to tie and can be used for almost any connection
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Palomar knot
  3. Orvis Knot*
    • Pro: Very quick and easy knot to tie that is very strong
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Palomar knot
  4. Clinch Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy knot to tie
    • Con: Not as fast and easy as the Orvis Knot nor as strong as the Palomar Knot
  5. Double Davy Knot
    • Pro: Very quick and easy to tie (just 1 more twist vs. the Davie Knot)
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Orvis knot which is just as easy to tie
  6. Davy Knot
    • Pro: Very quick and easy to tie
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Orvis knot which is just as easy to tie

Click here to see the first contest I did with this important connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

More test data getting added soon, so be sure to bookmark this page!

Conclusion

best fishing knots

Of the many factors that determine if you land the fish of a lifetime that you hook, the one that we have 100% control over is the quality of the knots that we use.

So it’s essential for us to select the absolute best fishing knot for each connection to get the most overall line strength.

You have certainly heard the saying, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link…” Well, a rod, reel, and an angler are only as strong as the knot between them and the fish.

Make it count.

There isn’t (and never will be) one fishing knot that can do everything with all line types and connection needs, so make sure to be mindful of the knot options you have for each connection need you have.

This post will continually grow over time as knot suggestions come in, so leave a comment below letting us know of any other knots you’d like us to add to this analysis.

Note: The * symbols next to the knots listed above are the ones that I personally use for each of the respective connections.

The tests have been done using 10 to 20 lb PowerPro braid tied to 20 to 30 lb Ande monofilament and Seaguar fluorocarbon.

Do You Know The STRONGEST Fishing Knot For Every Situation?

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Ron Whetstone
6 days ago

Hey Luke great article. Tons of information. I was wondering if you could test the knot that I have used ever since I started using braid. I learned this knot from Sport Fishing Magazine before there were online videos. I don’t remember the name. It is a uni knot for the leader and an improved clinch knot for the braid. I wrap the line 11/12 times for 10 lb braid cause braid is so slick. The uni knot I wrap 6 times for 20 lb mono/fluoro leader. Less wraps for both if using heavier lines. I am very curios as to its strength. Thank you

Adnan
8 days ago

Have you guys tried superglue on the FG knot and, what are your thoughts about it

Anonymous
14 days ago

Just pointing out typo i noticed. Your Palomar Knot step 1 says Staring with 5 to 6 instead of Starting with 5 to 6. Just incase you wanna change, i’ll try not to notice any others if there is any.

Jason
27 days ago

Have you done any tests on the Dropper loop? Would be very interested to know how much strength loss there is with that. Thanks and enjoy all your stuff!

Gary Horne
28 days ago

How about a braid to braid knot. Why? If you break your braid or for some reason have to cut it and need to add some but don’t want to respool the whole thing.

Celestonac
1 month ago

Did u try GT knot for braid to florocarbon?

James Blacic
1 month ago

single or double trilene knot to hook or swivel. better than palomar.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Have you tied the uni with a Bimini twist?

Manuel
1 month ago

knots for 80plus pound mono to lure or swivel?

Last edited 1 month ago by Manuel
Randy Champion
1 month ago

Have you tested the San Diego Jam knot and Improved Clinch for use as snug knots in mono for terminal tackle? It seems that those are the most common knots tied by Southern California saltwater fishermen. I don’t think the Improved Clinch is particularly strong, but I believe the San Diego is.

Steve
1 month ago

The “Knotless Knot” Is the strongest for tying hooks that I’ve ever tried. Especially so for braid.

Mark Jenkin
1 month ago

While chasing topwater yesterday I was telling my friend about the FG knot from your testing. He said that he needs to learn some braid to mono knots because he doesn’t know any. He always uses a barrel swivel because it’s easier for him and he likes that it will help reduce twist in his line. Which gave me an idea for a test. How about testing the FG knot against the best ( according to your tests ) braid to swivel and mono to swivel knots to see which is a stronger connection? Having an FG knot or a barrel swivel?

George Collison
1 month ago

It’s interesting that you have more knots because most fishermen that I know think there are only 2 good knots for fishing,m One is the old 13 twist knot and the other is known by several different names, the one I know of is the Stren line knot. That’s what it was being called when I first saw it at a boat/fishing show back in the mid 1970s.

Garnett Schommer
1 month ago

Can you test the centauri knot? I’ve read that it is a good snug knot for tying heavy mono or fluorocarbon directly to a hook. Any other recommendations for tying heavy (80#+) leaders directly to the hook or do you recommend crimping?

David Tolbert
1 month ago

Which knot do you prefer to tie to jig heads when you have a fluorocarbon leader tied to braided line?

Mark Jenkin
1 month ago

Have you tested the Berkley knot ( also know as the improved clinch knot, I think 😉 )? I’ve used it for over 30 years and would like to see how it stands up agaist your other mono choices.
Also, have you ever heard about putting a drop of super glue on the Alberto knot to keep it from slipping? What are your thoughts on it improving its performance?

Mark Jenkin
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks. I never use the super glue either. Not for the reasons you said , which are good points ( I hadn’t thought of the negative scent trail before), but more because I just didn’t want to be bothered. 😉

Looking forward to your Berkley knot test.

Jim
1 month ago

I would like to see tests done against this grouper knot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks4Yzg-299s

zakk
1 month ago

you talk about the nail knot needing a tool but this is the one that people call the nail knot in st pete
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QufTialXjtw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57JgC8S5dAc
Could you do a test with this one

Zel
1 month ago

I started to a figure 8 loop knot. Must of my fishing is from a kayak. How would you rate this knot…?

John, Huntington Beach, CA
1 month ago

I’d like to see a section with tests on dropper knots whenever you have time.

Ben Storrick
1 month ago

GT knot is supposedly stronger than the FG and easier to tie

Brian Cadena
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

What I’ve seen is that the IGFA tested a bunch of knots(50) and gt came out the beat even over various fg style knots. Based on that data I’d have to go with gt knot plus easier to tie as well.

James ( Jim ) Hundley
1 month ago

Have you gotten around to testing the Red Phillips knot. Google it! Simple, strong for attaching mono leader to braid. Slips through small top guides like butta

Anonymous
1 month ago

I noticed that the Berkley knot isn’t listed in your testing. It was the knot I learned first as a child and still use for 90% of my mono concoctions today. Have you done any testing of it?
Also, I learned the Crazy Alberto from Crazy Alberto himself ( I, by chance, walked into a tackle shop while he was giving a seminar and he showed everyone his knot at the end). He taught it with only 3 wraps up and back. I’ve used it since and have never had it fail. I also try to use the same diameter braid to mono most of the time. I don’t know if that makes a difference.

Ron Baran
1 month ago

Where’s the love for the GT Knot for braid to mono? Out performed the FG in pull test

Brian Cadena
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron Baran

Plus easier to tie as well. That’s the knot I use now.

Mary Martin
2 months ago

If you were fishing for snook from beach,would you use a snug or loop knot on lures?

Mary Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks. A friend said he was catching with artificial shad on jig head. So i thought I’d try that.

Mary Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks

Dan Kelly
2 months ago

Luke: Have you ever tested the Tactical Angler Power Clips vs. the non-slip loop knot? I generally use the knot, but if the clip is just as good, it would be simpler and quicker to change surface plugs/plastic baits on jigheads.
Dan
New Jersey

Anonymous
2 months ago

What is the testing procedures for testing of knot impact load.

Peter Gibbinson
2 months ago

Be interested to know your thoughts on my dad’s knot (he was a well known fishing journalist) – it’s called the “Jim Gibbinson knot” – if you google it you will see some images of it.
To describe it – take hook/swivel – pass line twice through eye – double line back on itself and then go back over the doubled back length 5/6 times (going back towards the eye/swivel) – pass the line through the loop formed at the eye/swivel – whilst holding the unfinished knot together between your fingers. Then pass the line though the loop formed at the top of the knot (i.e furthest away from the eye/swivel) and pull tight.
It’s shown on the below link below under the book images (I have nothing to do with the book ..neither did my father..)
Works on any material, and super strong and reliable – a consistently v good knot.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FCarp-Fishing-Knots-Wire-version%2Fdp%2FB0743C7T39&psig=AOvVaw1AUxMALMFdL4l5J_53prSS&ust=1597227584541000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKjSrtP2kusCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Barry craig
2 months ago

Hi Folks. Have you tried and or strength tested braid to braid connected via a splice? Or a double created in braid with a splice? I use both approaches to connect mainline braid to a much heavier braid shock leader. Yup I know a splice is not actually a knot and you won’t splice anything easily on a beach/ boat, but it is easy enough to do before a fishing trip and sure beats casting a knot through your guides. I have never broken a splice, but have not scientifically tested one either 🙂
Regards
Barry

Barry
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

You are correct. It would be hard and given how small the knots are in 10lb, it is probably not needed. I don’t fish that light very often. Typically I use a splice to add a heavier (say 80lb) braid to a 30 or 40lb mainline to avoid donating tackle to the ocean when casting with a ‘bionic finger’. Also to tie a knotless loop on the end of any weight of braid for purposes of a loop to loop connection to a fluoro leader. But I enjoy a challenge and have a method using the shaft of the needle to flatten the braid before each ‘stitch’, so will have a go at splicing some light braid 🙂

Louis
2 months ago

I heard the GT knot beat all other braid to mono knots in testing by the IGFA

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Interesting. Is it possible tl test a double uni against the GT knot with a Fig. 8 amd a uni?

Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thank you Luke. I only tie a fig 8 on a fluoro leader side because it is slightly slimmer than the uni.
Other knots that use different methods on the leader end are Red Phillips, variations on Alberto knot and an FG.

Cristi Neagu
3 months ago

Have you tested the Mono/Fluoro to lure/hook knots with very heavy (1mm) fluoro line? Some knots may not be feasible to tie in the same manner or with the same number of loops with heavy line. Others may not hold at all due to line stiffness. Considering a lot of people use heavy fluoro as a pike leader, it would be very good to know which knot is best.
Thank you.

Tim
3 months ago

With the Yucatan knot, it seems most tie it like the suffix video these days, which is not a Yucatan.
I double the braid, no knot needed, then wrap braid twelve times around leader, tag end through loop, pull tight. Which is a true Yucatan.
Did you test this version? It is what I use for retying leaders on the kayak. At home I use the FG.

Thanks!

Dave
3 months ago

Give the Jacks Knot a try. It’s not well known but in my testing it’s a strong knot. You’ll probably have to Google it or follow this link: https://news.orvis.com/fly-fishing/videos-tie-jacks-knot

Great stuff!

Richard Davis
3 months ago

My local saltwater tackle shop recommend the improved San Diego knot with mono/flouro leader. What say you? I come from a freshwater bass background and had no idea how much to learn about saltwater fishing, and the wide range of line a connections/hooks strength for what looks pretty much the same. I am sticking to Owner so far. Thanks for any reply

Barry Mong
3 months ago

Could you test the Shins knot ? Shin Fukae uses it. Thank you

Austin
3 months ago

Hey Salt strong idk if you saw my email but my theory is when you tested your braid palomar against the braid uni it won the first time because the loop was on the knot but the rest of the time you had the loop above the knot and was wondering if you could test if having the loop on the knot increases strength and may outperform your braid uni

denisiel
4 months ago

What lbs line and which knot to use for the fluorocarbon leader if using PowerPro braid 10lb as the mainline? 1000 or 2500 reel and fishing mostly for trout up to 5 lbs and stripers maybe to 10 lbs? FG and Alberto knots are only for heavier fluoro line as compared to the braid. I planned on using 6 lb fluoro. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 

Last edited 4 months ago by denisiel
Austin
4 months ago
Reply to  denisiel

Alberto works with lighter leader also I recommend you look up tackle advisors modified version on YouTube

denisiel
4 months ago
Reply to  Austin

Thanks very much, Austin! I went with the Alberto and caught my first shad and it worked. Appreciate you taking time to help me 🙂

Matt Loutzenhiser
5 months ago

So I’ve fished on and off my whole life, but after being in Florida for almost 2 years I’m excited to dive into fishing. I have always struggled with knots and have lost my fair share of lures at the hook because of a bad knot.

But the other night I was fishing a bridge in Miami and had something on the line for a few minutes prior to the lure coming out. I was disappointed when the line went slack and reeled my line in. Looked at my leader and it was almost frayed from the fish running against the bridge.

Finally I realized that my knots didn’t fail for once with something big on the line. Pretty stoked on it. Thanks for the knowledge dudes. Can’t wait to nail what ever was the the end of the line soon.

Anonymous
5 months ago

You should put down the snell version of the uni knot it’s much better and tighter because it goes around the hook instead of the outside, making it more efficient and tighter.. I’m talking about the “Best “Snug” Knot to Lure/Hook” 2nd best knot. It’s basically the same instead of wrapping around both the lines you wrap around the line and the hook so you make the loop go to the opposite side. just a thought

Rick Wynn
6 months ago

Hi Luke.

Something has always bothered me about the Uni Knot. It’s the way the whole thing crushes when you dress the knot. Yes, it’s easy to tie, even in the dark, which is why I use it, but it seems to me, the Hangman’s Knot is a much “prettier” knot, that does not crush. I see that there is some misinformation out there on the internet, stating that the hangman’s knot and the uni-knot are the same, but that is not true. They are completely different knots. The hangman’s knot wraps all 3 lines as you wind it up, whereas the uni-knot wraps 2 lines. So my question is, has the Hangman’s Knot ever been tested for strength as a fishing knot?

Thanks!
Rick

Anonymous
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Wynn

Hi Rick.
Onother knot similar to a Hangman is a San Diego Jam.
There is a variation to a Uni called Fish-n-Fool knot. In essense, it is a uni which passed through the eye of the hook twice before tying the normal uni over.

Emiliano
6 months ago

What about the GT knot?

Emiliano
6 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I supposed, thanks!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Hi I was watching Bass guy Gman Gerald Swimdle show his knot, he doubles line thru jig then wraps around the main line several times and passes this doubled line thru the loop and tighten it leaves 3 tags to cut ,a double and a single ,he says best knot for flourocarbon. I will forward the video, hope it comes through. You guys are tops good luck

JA

Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I think this knot is called a Doubled Clinch knot.
However, Gman called it different????

Anonymous
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Sounds like the tuna knot

Richard Fiorentino
6 months ago

With a lot of time on my hands, like everyone else, I have reviewed this excellent knot guide . I fish braid to mono. If anyone can master the FG, Freh loop, the uni ( and double-uni), the surgeons,The palomar and the improved hitch, I don’t think you need anything else for inshore fishing.

Anonymous
6 months ago

A quick comment. I agree that a well tied above average knot will beat a poorly tied better knot.

Mabry Edwards Jr
8 months ago

How does a fluorocarbon leader inserted into hollow core braid with DaHo hollow threading and reverse latch needles compare to PR Bobbin Knot and the FG Knot? When it comes to hollow core wind on leaders (not to be confused with the loop to loop methods), it’s definitely smoother than the burnt ends, etc. What about line strength? The harder one pulls, the stronger and more uniform the squeeze. It works offshore and now there’s a source for 20 lb. and 30 lb. ultra thin hollow core braid. I just installed 30 lb braid (with .26 diameter; blue label fluoro 30 lb .21 dia) on a new Shimano Tranx 200 (6.2 gear ratio) and I’m confident the no knot connection will not slip. Another 100% braid to fluoro connection?

Steve
8 months ago

I’ve been using the FG knot for a while and always use a heavier Braid (15lb) to an 8lb mono and I have no issues. Most of the bass anglers I’ve seen use a heavier braid main line and a lighter leader. Any reason for the warning you put on the knot to only use a heavier leader?

Steve
8 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

So only use a leader that is a thicker diameter then the braid correct? Thanks

Doug
9 months ago

There is a version of the improved clinch knot that is stronger than a palomar. I’ve won a contest during a marlin tournament against 100 other professional crews with this knot.

Eric Cabrera
10 months ago

Can you test the GT knot. I hear its stronger than the FG but has a slightly larger profile. Is this true? I currently use FG knot ALWAYS!

Zamps
10 months ago

Could you please evaluate the Penny Knot. Used frequently in Australia.

Richard
10 months ago

What about the TN Knot in mono connection to metal ring or hook?

Andy
10 months ago

Hi, can u include GT knot too?

Thomas KAsekamp
10 months ago

Have you guys tested the Seaguar knot for tying leader to braid?

Chris Soud
11 months ago

You said that fg to Bimini consistently beat single line fg. Please explain. Good information.

Alfredgeorge Deanperry
1 year ago

It seems to me like one could get by in many situations with just the easy-to-tie Palomar and surgeon’s knot/loop and not sacrifice much knot strength. As a result, I’d like to see a discussion about the limits of such versatile knots and the situations which absolutely require knowing some of the less versatile, more specialized (and usually more-difficult-to-tie) knots.

Lee
1 year ago

I suggest one more knot to test (Double Zeppelin Bend) for line-to-line connection of similar diameters, then I’ll stop. I tied two pieces of #6 mono together. At one junction I tied a 3 Turn Surgeon’s. At the other I tied a Zeppelin Bend or a Double Zeppelin Bend (2-wrap collars). I placed hammer handles in the mono circle at 3 and 9 o’clock with the knots at 12 and 6 o’clock, then pulled the two handles apart until a knot broke. The Double Zeppelin Bend was stronger than the 3 Turn Surgeon’s (3 out of 3 tries), but the Zeppelin Bend was weaker (1 out of 1 try). The single Zeppelin Bend may do better with larger diameter line. FWIW, on the International Guild of Knot Tyers Forum a guy wrote that he tested the Zeppelin Bend against the Albright Special with #10 mono and the Zeppelin Bend (single not double) won 5 out of 5 tries. That said, it is my understanding that the Albright Special works will with dissimilar lines both in material and diameter and the Zeppelin Bend probably doesn’t.

Lee
1 year ago

For a loop knot did you test the Double Dragon? By the way, there are ways to tie the Perfection Loop to a lure/hook without passing the lure/hook through the knot.

Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

The simplest demo of hand tying the Double Dragon Knot that I know of is by a backpacker in the YouTube video entitled “Double Dragon and Farrimond Knots” starting at 4:45. He shows 3 ways of tying the DDK: at the end of the line, in the middle, and to a lure. I use light mono (#4-10) in the Southern California surf, but his method should work OK for heavier line if you don’t mind wasting a little at the tag end. By the way, as a retired scientist I love your approach!

Drob
1 year ago

Im surprised Sandiego jam was not close to the top of mono/flouro to hook connections.
Can you add the chain knot to you future tests. This is very popular with japanese jiggers to connect their leader to jigs.

Jim
1 year ago

Been using improved locking figure eight knot for 50 years. Easy to tie , very strong, dose in my belief everything from line joining to tackle construction.

Jim
1 year ago

have you tested the J knot against the surgeon 3 turn knot?

Jim
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

I have not, what should I test for? Strength, practicality? I have often wondered how it’Compares. I do know this , I have tried this knot thousands of times and it thrills me every time. Never found a need to search for another , But interested

Nick
1 year ago

Hey Luke thanks for testing these knots accurately this page is great.
Im interested in finding the strongest setup to make paternoster rigs, up until now I have just been tieing them very simply like this,

https://youtu.be/zlAen8jUc3c

But then I watched this video where he tieing what he calls the “T Knot” for creating paternoster droppers;

https://youtu.be/_KL8ej_8jMs

Could you please test the difference in these setups?

Also when once you have a dropper do you think that it would be stronger to tie a hook onto it with the palamot knot or just putting the hook through the loop and back onto itself like in the video.

Thanks

Ben
1 year ago
Reply to  Nick

I would love to see you test different paternoster/dropper rigs. Here is another interesting one I think would be worth testing.
https://youtu.be/8tG5YIU2Of4

I would also like to see how the different ways to tie the snell knot test.

As always I am very appreciative of the info you provide.

Ben

Nick
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben

Ben that paternoster rigs is essentially the same knot as the first video I posted except with the twists to prevent it getting tangled, still interesting as it’s alot simpler than the T Knot setup and does pretty much the same thing.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Check out YouTube at the SOLIS knot. It starts as an Albright but it finishes with a locking half hitch which allows it to be tied with only a few wraps. It’s tying all materials together for me. Works great,very nice.

Terr
1 year ago

“eye-crosser” with 3 loop Uni instead of two, for mono to swivel or hook. Faster and easier to tie than Palomar.

Richard
1 year ago

What about the double palomar knot “snug” with mono? Was that attempted since it was way up there in the braided line testing?

Paleo Pete
1 year ago

I found a knot once in a fly fishing pamphlet, no idea what it’s called, it uses two simple overhand knots pulling against each other, and I’ve never seen it break. I got back a “curly end” once, because I didn’t tie it well enough. Every other time I’ve gotten my lure back, the line broke above the knot, the knot and loop still attached to the hook. It makes a small loop and allows a fly or lure to have more natural action rather than following the line.

I don’t have pictures, I’ll try to describe it.

Start just like Rapala knot, simple overhand knot then put the tag end through the hook eye. Pull snug against hook eye but not tight. Tie a 2nd overhand knot above that one and around original line. Pull that one snug, close to the other overhand knot, by pulling the tag end. Both knots will separate. Then pull the main line to tighten, which will pull both against each other, and cut off a short tag end. Fast and strong, and according to the fly fishing pamphlet, also stronger than the line. I trust it on weightless worms to pull in any bass. Caught a 5.6lb bass on 6 lb line using this knot. In a brushy area.

My results have been excellent, I’ve used it for over 30 years exclusively as a knot for lures and hooks, both fresh and salt water, and it stood up to a redfish longer than the 48 quart ice chest. Numerous bass in the 3 to 6lb range.

One good tip, always cut off about 3 or 4 feet of line and retie after catching a fish or after about an hour of not catching a thing. Fish always drag your line against anything they come near, which abrades the line and creates weak spots. I think 80% of all broken lines are because of abrasions in the line caused by either catching a fish or from dragging the line across all sorts of weeds, rocks and tree trunks for an hour

EDIT – Just found Homer Rhode Loop, looks quite similar. I don’t use the double wrap for the 2nd knot, just a second simple overhand knot.

Ryan
1 year ago

I see you recommend the FG when leader is stronger than the mainline, but what do you recommend when the main line is stronger than the leader? I’m working on my FG knots but do well with the double uni and wondering if that test stronger with a weaker leader than the FG

justin
10 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

ya, but why do you recommend that? my braid is 30lbs and i like to switch beween 20 30 and 50 fluoro. will it fail?

also you didnt test snelling a hook?

Joan
1 year ago

I’d be careful about your physics bit… Some knots like the fish-n-fool isolate the hard turns above the stressed points, doubles the most stressed point after that and creates a cushion like the rubber bit that holds the cord coming out of a power tool. The friction of the Duncan loop over the main line reduces its force over a (relatively) long chunk of line and the extra turn through the eye provides friction that keeps the stability of the knot from collapsing or allowing the line to slip around the eye and stretch at its weakest point. And this creates a knot that almost never breaks before the line when tied with care. Physics.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I learned a knot from a tackle shop in Newport Oregon….We call it the Newport Knot…Randy the inventor has been challenged for 20 years by guides commercial fishermen….and never lost. Something this knot does, is the line breaks above the knot every time ,never seen another knot do this, I have 2 books on fishing knots this knots beats ever single one of them with all type of line….I’ll try to make a video……

Ben Castellano
1 year ago

Hello Luke,

Your site is definitely one of the best fishing resources I have found on the Net. Much appreciated to you and all the staff.

Have you ever tested if there are different breaking strengths/reliability when tying different types of snell knots? Is one way better than another?

I would also really like to get your thoughts on the TN knot as a terminal tackle knot.

Kind regards,

Ben

Alastair Hosking
1 year ago

I think this page is excellent – I make commercial dropper rigs for recreational fishermen and women and I learned a new and useful knot today when looking through the site. What I didn’t find was a reasonably reliable knot for joining a single strand of mono to a mono backbone. I sometimes use a T knot which I form from a modified Albright and dropper loop combo. However, when testing this in various ways I found the dropper loop failed before the modified Albright part. I was getting better strength when I made a dropper rig using just the modified Albright knot. The problem then became the look of the rig – the branches no longer stand at right angles to the backbone. Do you have any suggestions that could be explored?

Alastair Hosking
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

HI Luke – did you get my reply via email and the photographs I sent with it?

Jon Knapp
1 year ago

I would like to see the worlds fair knot included, especially for braid line

Anonymous
1 year ago

What knot would you use for tying braid to a lighter mono line but same diameter, say for example you want to fill half the spool with mono and half with braid. I like to match the diameters to prevent bulges from a big knot? You say the FG knot should only used if tying a braided line to a stronger mono/fluoro leader why?

John
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thank you for the reply, I don’t plan on ever getting into the mono backing its just to save $$ on not spooling an entire reel with braid. I appreciate the way you promptly answer every question people have here.

richard
1 year ago

how good is the hook nail knot? Strength of knot to hook direct?

Michael
1 year ago

Trilene knot!
For mono to lure (snug) i would rate the Trilene on first place, then Palomar.

Dave Bohling
1 year ago

Seagaur knot

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hi Luke, Interesting thread. I got a little bleary eyed reading all the comments and responses. One knot I did not see mentioned was the Slim Beauty knot. I have been using this knot for braid to flouro leader and found it to be reliable and small profile so it does not pick up grass etc. It may be known by a another name, which case, I am not familiar with it. It is easy to tie and makes a nice connection.

Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Forget it. Use the FG

William
1 year ago

I just found this tool called the Tie-Fast Knot Tool, I ties a Nail Knot; really easy for my 8 year old to learn. Would you be able to compare this knot to some of the others like the Palomar and Trilene Knots? You can also use the Nail Knot to attach line to line.

Chris
1 year ago

I would very much like to see the Trilene knot tested. Thank you for all the information.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thanks for these knots, Im going to put some of these vids on my phone if that’s ok.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wow this is great information thanks for sharing this. Have you tested the Miller knot? It was created by Joe Miller

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hi have you tired the knotless knot I use it a lot and it has never failed on me. I never tested it. It’s one of the easiest knot to tie thanks

Brad
1 year ago

Hey will you test the worlds fair knot? For snug terminal tackle?

Jakob
1 year ago

Hi guys…I need advice. Im using as SL mono 0.33, and its connected to main line 0.28. Which knot is the thinnest one?Cos of easier gliding through the glides for long cast.

tnx a lot.

Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Berkley trilene transoptic 0.28 is main….and shock is same model just 0.33…yr advice?

Josh
1 year ago

Please could you repeat the test series with small diameter flourocarbon lines? (ie 4-6lb)?

Particularly regarding terminal tackle knots…

Thanks!

Gregory Ramko
1 year ago

I would like to see a strength and durability comparison between the FG knot and the Modified FG knot .

Randy
1 year ago

I didn’t see the J-knot for braid to mono/flouro. I tested against the blood knot I have been using and the J knot won 3 out of 3 for me. Reminds you of a 4turn surgeons knot but you make the loop and pass the braid tag and entire leader thru the loop alternating top and then around bottom. Hard to explain.

Barry Pretorius
1 year ago

I don’t see that you have a braid to braid knot?

Jimmy Mathis
1 year ago

I fish the Sea of Cortez for billfish. Here, marlin bigger than 250# are rare; we generally catch more stripes and sails. My biggest is a 650# black but we catch so few big fish that we do not gear up for fish that big day to day. I am a “knot freak” and have spent years of testing the breaking strength of knots both on the water and on a jig which I built for that purpose. My issue is that, although I read every “knot test” I can find, those tests never test the braid-to-leader connection we use. First, I use 80# braid for mainline–300 yds. on most reels. After using 50# and 65#, I settled on 80# because the breaking strength of braid is much more inconsistent than mono. This gives me a bit more margin for error when those rare big fish come along and, as you will see below, the braid rarely gets in the water anyway and only then when there’s a lot of line out and line friction through the water adds to the needed increase in breaking strength. I then splice on a 50# mono top shot about 150 yds. long–the actual length varies by reel depending on how much the reel will hold on top of the braid. Since the splice knot will usually be the weakest point, I want to avoid the splice altogether when possible and this combination means that the splice does not come off the reel most of the time. But when it does with a bigger fish, I have 300 yds. of braid mainline as backup. This also results in a stretchy mono section which serves as a “shock” leader which helps prevent hook pulls. I know other fishermen who use this set up also, or variations thereof, and do not think it is all that unusual. But all the splice knot tests which I have read involve lighter braid to heavier leader which is the reverse of what we use. I have evolved over the years from Albrights, Improved Albrights, Bristols and Improved Bristols–now I’m using a 13 wrap FG knot finished with a Rizzuto. I would love to see a knot test for such a setup using the IGFA testing machine which, I’m sure, would be more accurate than my home-made rig which incorporates a spring scale. Thanks.

Thomas C. Berry
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Saw somthing you guys could produce and sell it was a coffee cup with nautical knots we need one with fishing knots

Jimmy Mathis
11 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I have tried the PR Bobbin knot also and it does not test well with the 80lb braid mainline to 50lb mono top shot arrangement we use–not on the scale nor on the water under real life circumstances. It broke and cost me a place in a tournament once upon a time and I quit using it.. BTW, I know lots of fishermen around these parts who use the same or very similar braid/mono setup I’ve described so I don’t think my setup is all that unusual.

My best knots break at about 45lb. I would love for you to do some testing to see if you can improve on my results. 80lb Power Pro to 50lb Momoi mono. The Alberto tests well topped off with a 5 turn Rizzuto. Anyway, thanks for your web site.

John Valles
8 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mathis

Curious about two knots.

1. The nail knot splice for line to line (nail knot leader to main line and mainline to leader). With a tool (yes, a con is having to use a tool) it’s incredibly easy and quick to tie, so I’m curious how it is I’m the strength department.

2. Have you tested snelling a hook to mono or fluro? I’d be interested to see if it holds up to actual knots.

Doug Goar
1 year ago

I have used the Red Phillips knot now for several years for both light and heavy braided lines joined to fluorocarbon leaders. I do modify the original knot by finishing it with 4 alternating half hitches in the braided line. I don’t think you have ever tested this knot.

Doug
1 year ago
Reply to  Doug Goar

Hay Luke, I’m still waiting for a response to my original post. Your credibility as an expert is on display.

Anonymous
1 year ago

trilene knot for whatever

Richard Fiorentino
1 year ago

What is your method for a double drop loop knot? Can’t find it

Anonymous
1 year ago

Check out the stren knot for braid-to-mono/fluoro.

Park Beeler
1 year ago

I found your discussion of knots to be quite insufficient, in that you left out the “speed to tie”, “ease to tie”, and “applicable to all situations” factors in evaluating overall desirability.

The great Vic Dunaway taught me the elegance of the Unit Knot forty years ago, and since that day, I have NEVER had a Uni Knot fail even one time, in forty years of hard fishing. It is truly a ‘KNOT FOR EVERY SITUATION”, including Loop Knot situations (the only drawback being that it has to be re-tied after a fish, because it will tighten when more pressure is put on the line.) It will not cut mono, and is great for a short strand tied horizontally to a main line as a “stopper” for corks, beads, and swivels. It is easy and fast to tie, even in rolling seas, and equal to or better than every other knot, all things considered, in approaching 100% line strength, whether for mono, fluoro, or braid. It is especially good for attaching braid main line to fluorocarbon leaders when the braid is doubled and the leader is not, joined by UNI to UNI. Your analysis also overlooked one very, very important consideration….who manufactured the line? Every single manufacturer’s lines have different “coefficients of friction”, which is absolutely critical in determining the best knot! Some knots will slip for one line but not another, and this is especially true of braid!l Once again, I have not found any make of line that does not work well with the Uni Knot, and that cannot be said of all other knots.

For the average fisherman or the world record seeker, give me the Uni Knot over all others.

Colin Chaplin
1 year ago

A suggestion the Mahseer Knot. Mahseer Knot

Mahseer knot

This knot orginated in India by fishermen trying to catch the Mahseer. This fish is reowned as the ultimate freshwater fish. It is said to be the hardest pound for pound fighting species on the planet. For this reason the knot that takes its name is one of the strongest knot around and if tied right will not let you when you need it.

Richard Fiorentino
1 year ago

Luke – A suggestion – Have a separate section on Site called KNOTS- put your favorite knots (By now we all know what they are) in Alpha order . It will make it easier when we want to brush up on knot tying. Thanks

Ben
1 year ago

Have you ever heard of a TN knot? It appears to be used to tie a leader to your terminal tackle. Just wondering how this faired in your testing

Jim Buck
2 years ago

Will the FG and PR work with braid to mono leader when going from heavier braid 50-65 lb to lighter mono 20-30 lbs. The articles I’ve read about these knots seem to indicate these knots only work when going from lighter braid to heavier mono?

James Barron
2 years ago

The improved clich (triline knot)(double clinch) is stronger than your 3rd rated clinch knot

Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

The improved Clinch not and the Trilene knot are not the same thing. The improved Clinch takes a standard Clinch and and after running the tag end through the hole between the strands and the hook, it is then passed through the loop it just created. This does not give the knot any added break strength, it only gives a little added insurance against slippage, which, if tied correctly, is not a factor in the first place. The Trilene knot, on the other hand, takes a standard Clinch and adds a second wrap around the item being tied to. This adds significant strength as this is a high stress area on the line. While I am a big Trilene fan, I also use Ande and a few other brands. I have found the Trilene knot to be my go to knot for mono to terminal tackle. Correct tying is paramount, and that means using the right number of turns. That varies with brand and also diameter. You need to perform your own tests on the lines you like to use. Thinner line generally requires more turns. I am due to retest some things, a good winter afternoon activity, but generally a 15-20# leader to swivel will use 5 turns, 12# more like 6, 8-10# 7 turns, an 6# and under needing 8 turns…YMMV…

Chad Rizzo
2 years ago

Luke,

Have you done any testing with a braid to fluorocarbon connections that are the same size? (Equal pound test or the braid been heavier than the leader).

If so what would be the best knots for that? Sometimes in yellowtail fishing you need to have a leader smaller than the mainline that you’re fishing when the fish get weary.

Thanks,

Chad

John McKroid
2 years ago

San Diego Jam is a bulkier knot, but when I have used it in conjunction with the Palomar, the Palomar always breaks first. I would like to see it included in your tests. Thanks.

Jason Sikes
2 years ago

The biggest thing I’ve learned is to pick a couple of good knots and then learn to tie them well. I’ve been using the Canoeman Loop knot for years now and have never had a failure because it’s so easy to tie. Conversely, I had failures with the Albright braid-to-leader knot until I learned how to consistently tie it. When I decided to start using the FG knot, I also had some failures until I learned to do the same, which is to take my time early on and get it right. Then repeat this until it becomes easier and quicker. Having a properly set drag I think most all of these knots will land fish consistently. Thanks for the information!

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