Pull to tighten in the final step. Have used with fairly heavy lures and definitely a lot of casting and so far so good. I have not yet tried this one, so I’ll add it to my list of knots to test out. Where’s the love for the GT Knot for braid to mono? Please include the Trilene knot in testing. Specific techniques call for a snell’s secure hook connection. With the Snell, the knot is no longer the weakest link. 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. (ie 4-6lb)? 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. 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. Three wraps of the down-facing tag end around the two lines, then turn tag end up again the through the loop made at the top where you were holding the two lines before turning tag end down to wrap. Yes, simple physics is the reason why. Dan New Jersey. I also try to use the same diameter braid to mono most of the time. Run tag end through hook eye toward point of hook, form a small loop and bring tag end behind hook shank. That’s the knot I use now. It can be used for offshore hookups with live baits. Pretty stoked on it. Gut hooking fish can be deadly, but with these two tips you can hook them in the lips AND catch more fish. I have not yet tested the J-knot out yet… will add it to my list of knots to test. 1) Thread six inches of line through the eye of the hook. For this category, we’ll split it up into two sections to cover the two core different types of connections: 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. Pull that one snug, close to the other overhand knot, by pulling the tag end. Here’s a link to the test if you want to see the details: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/fg-knot-vs-bimini-twist-knot-strength-test/. 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). Have you guys ever tried the “Knot Kneedle.” On cold or windy days or with old fingers this thing is a great help to me when attaching leaders or changing lures. 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. With a mono to mono connection, the most streamlined option that I know of is the Blood Knot. I was wondering if you could test the knot that I have used ever since I started using braid. 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 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. 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. It is what I use for retying leaders on the kayak. Which gave me an idea for a test. This is best used as a live bait rig. 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). By the way, there are ways to tie the Perfection Loop to a lure/hook without passing the lure/hook through the knot. fluoro leader is thick enough to get burrowed into by the FG Knot. Thank you. I use the Non-Slip Loop Knot for tying the jig head to the fluoro (https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/non-slip-loop-knot/). Very easy to tie, will not slip, and strongest knot for fluoro to terminal tackle because the fluoro does not cut into itself (as often the case with a Palomar knot or improved clinch not). Then pull the main line to tighten, which will pull both against each other, and cut off a short tag end. Whatever the line strength, the snell connection will hold it all. It comes in handy when trying to join the line to terminal tackle. 80lb Power Pro to 50lb Momoi mono. Tie a 2nd overhand knot above that one and around original line. Your credibility as an expert is on display. Jim I believe that is the Centaury knot I use this knot for heavy mono/fluorocarbon. I have not yet tried the Double Dragon knot… this is actually the first time I have heard about it. Is one way better than another? I use 20 lb braid and 12 or 14 lb fluoro leader. It’s the way the whole thing crushes when you dress the knot. With a lot of time on my hands, like everyone else, I have reviewed this excellent knot guide . I have practiced today using multiple braid and leader sizes and seems easy to use no matter the size of line and leader. Hi Luke, Interesting thread. Hey Luke could you please test seeing if pinching the line vs threading line through and back on a palomar knot makes a difference on mono as with a few experiments i did it did make a difference. and 30 lb. This is very popular with japanese jiggers to connect their leader to jigs. Difficult to learn. Otherwise, you can simply scroll down to see all of the knots. I suggest one more knot to test (Double Zeppelin Bend) for line-to-line connection of similar diameters, then I’ll stop. Thanks so much for letting me know about this knot David! Tying it using my pinky has definitely made all the difference for me. That is a term I’ve never heard before, so I want to make sure I understand the functional need of this connection before recommending anything. You are correct. The Snell Knot is your go to knot for tying a hook onto the end of your line when you want to ensure that the line remains parallel to the spine of the hook. Slips through small top guides like butta. What Is The Proper Drag Tension To Use For A Fishing Reel? 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. This is text-based because it’s continually changing as new knots are tested… essentially a Table of Contents for the knot testing activities. I recommend giving it a try and then testing it against the one you use to see which one is stronger: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/non-slip-loop-knot/, 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? Do you want to know something that might shock you about fishing knots? Begin wrapping the tag end around the hook shank and the line working from the point to the eye. The larger the difference in their diameter, the better the braid can dig into the leader and lock into place. 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. Thanks for making time to leave the suggestion! 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. Watch this short video using high visibility cord and you will be able to tie your own Snell Knot. 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: A bad knot is very easy to see because it leaves behind the telltale sign of trouble… the curly tag end. And the FG knot to connect the fluoro to the braid. Other knots that use different methods on the leader end are Red Phillips, variations on Alberto knot and an FG. Here’s my ranking of the Snug knots that I’ve tested so far: Click here to see the first contest I did with this important connection. What about the TN Knot in mono connection to metal ring or hook? But the Uni knot beat them both. Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club. To help save you time in testing knots, I’ll be displaying results from my continued testing on this page. There is no need to buy pre-tied rigs. What size lines do you use when you’ve spliced them together? But make no mistake, I am absolutely not an expert in knots… just a passionate angler like you who is interested in finding which knots are best for each connection. 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. I personally would not ever match the diameter size of a braid and a mono because their strength differences are so great. Can’t wait to nail what ever was the the end of the line soon. Alberto works with lighter leader also I recommend you look up tackle advisors modified version on YouTube, Thanks very much, Austin! The harder one pulls, the stronger and more uniform the squeeze. Please explain. It’s one of the easiest knot to tie thanks. As the diameter of the braid gets close to the diameter of the mono, the braid has a more difficult time digging in deep enough to ensure that it won’t slide off (especially if casted through the guides over and over again). 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. Note: When the mainline braid is weaker than the leader, the FG knot is over 30% stronger than the double uni knot for all of the lines I’ve tested it on so far. Snell Knot. 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. Alternative methods are to use crimps or to simply push a dropper loop through the eye and over the hook. So after I’d first recommend that you use a lighter mainline relative to your leader (especially if you’re using spinning tackle), then the double uni is a great option. So the FG knot has a breaking point that’s 81% higher than the GT knot tied with a figure 8 on the mono and a uni-style knot with the braid as shown in the most popular GT knot videos. The reason I don’t use clips or any other metallic objects like that is because I do all that I can do to minimize the amount of non-essential metal and/or unnatural looking objects in my line, leader, and lure assembly so to increase the odds that the bigger/smarter fish won’t get spooked off by seeing something that doesn’t look right. Which knot is the thinnest one?Cos of easier gliding through the glides for long cast. How To Tie The Perfect Leader Assembly For Inshore Fishing. We haven’t done detailed tests on it yet because we’re prioritizing knots that don’t require any sort of device to tie…. Been using improved locking figure eight knot for 50 years. I now fish with it exclusively and have not had it fail. It depends on what I was using for bait… if a lure or live bait that needs freedom of movement, then I’d use a loop knot (which is what I use most of the time). I don’t think the 12 lb. It doesn’t magically tie knots for you, it simply makes it easier to feed a line through knot loops in a rocking boat. Hey will you test the worlds fair knot? Tons of information. https://ww, Saw somthing you guys could produce and sell it was a coffee cup with nautical knots we need one with fishing knots. However, Gman called it different???? Hooks tied with a snell knot provide an even, straight-line pull to the fish. I would also like to see how the different ways to tie the snell knot test. You said that fg to Bimini consistently beat single line fg. I recommend the lighter braid mainline relative to the leader because the lighter mainline enables better casting performance and feel of strikes while the stronger leader protects the business end of the line assembly which what is most likely to get rubbed across underwater structure and/or the teeth of fish. I sent four different snells to the IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida, where Adrian Gray and Jack Vitek tested the knots on the IGFA’s tensile-strength machine for snell knot strength. Fish On! 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). 3. This is the missing link that most anglers overlook because it requires time and effort. By the way, as a retired scientist I love your approach! Much appreciated to you and all the staff. Now you’ll be ready for when the next big one is on the line. Definitely works better for me and is pretty simple. Strength of knot to hook direct? I have not yet tested the various snell knots. 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. I’ve won a contest during a marlin tournament against 100 other professional crews with this knot. I fish braid to mono. Snell Hook Knot. 2. Looking forward to your Berkley knot test. Both knots will separate. of 18.4 lbs with those exact same lines. I have used the Red Phillips knot now for several years for both light and heavy braided lines joined to fluorocarbon leaders. If you want to check it out its on a YouTube channel called Rad Reeling Fishing. The snell knot is the ultimate knot for flipping and pitching. I fish the Sea of Cortez for billfish. Have you tied the uni with a Bimini twist? They are completely different knots. I wrap the line 11/12 times for 10 lb braid cause braid is so slick. So I now just test a slow load because the winner will be revealed and that is the load type that is most often what gets tested while fishing… a properly set drag should ensure that a fish can’t break the line, so pulling out of underwater snags is what will often put the line under enough tension to cause it to fail. The problem then became the look of the rig – the branches no longer stand at right angles to the backbone. I learned this knot from Sport Fishing Magazine before there were online videos. I agree that a well tied above average knot will beat a poorly tied better knot. I tested against the blood knot I have been using and the J knot won 3 out of 3 for me. I tested five different knots with 10-pound Trilene Big Game monofilament tied to an Original Rapala, and the tried-and-true Trilene knot … Of course when you snell a hook you need to have both ends of the line available. This knot retains almost total line strength. Luke: Have you ever tested the Tactical Angler Power Clips vs. the non-slip loop knot? I just watch a video of his knot and it appears to essentially be an albright knot but with the mainline being outside of the wraps. If you’re using spinning tackle, then I highly recommend going down to an 8 or 10 lb braid so you can have MUCH better casting performance without losing any power (the FG knot will definitely work for those lines). I’m still very nervous about it passing through the guides so I’m tying shorter leaders. Fish always drag your line against anything they come near, which abrades the line and creates weak spots. But if the focus is on maximizing strength and performance, then I don’t recommend either of those two options because there are other options that are more effective. It would be awesome if you could do one of your knot comparison tests. This next category is focused for anglers who use braided line and like to use swivels. 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. I noticed that the Berkley knot isn’t listed in your testing. Have you tested the Berkley knot ( also know as the improved clinch knot, I think )? Have you tested the San Diego Jam knot and Improved Clinch for use as snug knots in mono for terminal tackle? 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. 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. Tied a Zeppelin Bend ( 2-wrap collars ) a section with tests on the kayak shock ” which! 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