Recommended Knots for Braided Fishing Line
While braided fishing lines are very strong, with smaller diameters and low stretch that make them very attractive to anglers, they can be difficult to tie. Braided lines tend to be quite slick, and many knots that normally work for monofilament frequently slip when tied in braided line. There are certain knots that do work, however, and any angler who chooses braided line should know how to tie them before going fishing.
The braid knot is perhaps the best knot to connect terminal tackle, such as hooks or swivels, to braided lines. Thread the end of the doubled line through the eyelet in the hook or swivel and fold it back on the doubled line about four inches. Wrap the end around the body of the doubled line eight times, working toward the eyelet. Thread the end through the loop between the eyelet and the knot. Tighten the knot and trim the end and the line at the top of the knot. This knot is very secure and will not slip under any condition.
A familiar knot to most fisherman, the Palomar knot also works well to tie braided line to the eyelets of hooks or swivels. Fold approximately six inches of the end of the braided line back on itself. Thread the end of the doubled line through the eyelet. Tie an overhand knot in the doubled line. Pass the end of the line through the overhand knot two more times. Pull the tag line to tighten the knot, then trim off the tag.
The surgeon's knot is an excellent choice to tie braided line to monofilament leaders. Lay the ends of the two lines alongside each other so that they overlap about eight inches. Form a loop in the overlap and thread the leader and the end of the braided lines through it to create an overhand knot in the doubled line. Pass the leader and the end of the braided line back through the knot three more times. Grasp both lines at either side of the knot and pull it tight. Trim the lines close to the knot.
Modified Surgeon's Loop
To make a loop at the end of braided line, use a modified surgeon's loop. Fold the end of the line back on itself. Form a loop in the line and thread the doubled line through it to tie an overhand knot. Pass the doubled line through the loop three more times. Pull the doubled line to tighten the knot and trim the excess line.
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