Know the perfect knot for braided line

Fishing knots can be intimidating for beginners. Some knots are versatile while others are quite specific for their uses, such as when using different types of fishing line. Braided string knots are one of those cases.

Braided line is unique in that it lacks the “memory” of the line. That said, it doesn’t remember being tightly wound on a spool and is poured smoothly, without the loose wave loops you might get with monofilament. This leads to further occupations.

It’s also more visible and doesn’t stretch. With practice, you will learn how to customize your fishing techniques when fishing with braid. Because of these two characteristics, anglers often tie a fluorocarbon leader that expands and is much less visible. There’s some debate here about what the best knot for braided line is, but the Alberto worked well and is a favorite for professional anglers like Aaron Martens.

Most anglers seem to agree that the best knot for connecting a braided line to a bait or hook is the palomar knot. Learn how to tie a palomar knot. This test is not only the highest in terms of the strength of braided twine knots, but can also be quickly tied with cold fingers. In general, the braid is used for fishing medium to heavy baits, e.g. B. for large jigs or topwater baits in thick vegetation for big bass. Large jigs or topwater frogs have larger hook eyes so I don’t have to break out my reading glasses to poke the loop through the first step of this simple braided fishing line knot. A big plus!

Be patient as you learn to tie other fishing knots for the braid. Braid is not as forgiving as monofilament. Learning how to pull the label ends at the right time can take some practice, and wetting the knot will help. Learning when to tie the right knot is just as important as getting a fishing license, as it may one day cost you a trophy fish. When in doubt, follow all of the line manufacturer’s instructions for the best knot for braided line.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.

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