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” line. That said, it doesn’t remember being tightly wound on a spool, and it is poured smoothly without the loose wave loops you might get with monofilament. This leads to further casts.
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 is 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 bait, e.g. B. for working with 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 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, refer to all of the line manufacturer’s instructions for the best knot for braided line.
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org 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 from OSU with a degree in zoology, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and Michigan.