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#80 Not Your Typical Braid Knot
Posted by Matt MagnoneMay 27, 2015, 12:03 AM
In all styles of fishing, whether they are Saltwater or Freshwater, one thing remains true and that is the fact that the deciding factor in whether you're going to land a fish is solely dependent upon the knots in which you tie. One system, in particular, has taken the world by storm and that is the Braid to Leader combination.

Efficiency is the name of the game with this system. Back before braid was developed, anglers spooled up with generic line sizes, but when faced with the rare circumstance where they were under gunned, a lot of heartbreak endured as anglers were either forced to settle with a certain line size for a bait that day, or purchase another reel. Having the ability to quickly change-out the first 5’ – 6’ of fishing line based on conditions or type of cover allows you to be extremely efficient on the water.

I particularly use this system on more than 60% of the rods in my boat. Primarily for smaller reaction baits and swim baits.
While I’ve always been a fanatic about the Albright Knot, here’s a little knot that I’ve simply fallen in love with over the past 6 months and it’s yet to fail me. Some call it a Bob Sands while others call it a Tony Pena. Whatever the name; The knot is rock solid!

Step 1:

Lay your leader material alongside your standing main line. I find that keeping tension on both tag ends aid in the knot tying process eliminating any slack.



Step 2:
Form a loop with your leader material alongside your braid so that the tag end is facing towards your reel.



Step 3:
Pass the tag end from your leader through both the loop and around the braided main line ( 3 ) times with heavier line and ( 6 ) times with lighter lines.




Step 4:
As with all knots, take proper care to ensure the individual wraps lay even alongside one another. Cinch the single Uni-Knot just snug enough allowing the knot to be able to freely move when manipulated. This knot serves as a “lock knot”.




Step 5:
With your fingers, pinch your leader material and standing braid tag end together and begin wrapping your braid away from your locking knot. I typically wrap the braid between 6 and 10 wraps.




Step 6:
When you’ve successfully completed your wraps, pinch the line yet again between your fingers and then begin wrapping the opposing direction back over your first set of wraps and down towards your lock knot.




Step 7:
Once you near the junction of your Uni lock knot, you’ll soon see that you’ve created an opening to tuck your tag end through similar to that of a clinch knot. Pass the tag through the opening completing the knot



Step 8:
Holding your leader material in one hand, the tag end and main line in the other begin cinching the knot down. Tighten slowly allowing each wrap to lay evenly with one another




Step 9:
As you begin to near completion, you’ll notice that it’s inevitable that some wraps will want to jump and overlap one another. Using your thumb and forefinger, feather the knot out preventing this from happening.




Step 10:
Once the knot has snugged into place, but hasn’t fully cinched, grab all ends and cinch down tight. Don’t be afraid to give it some force. What you’re trying to accomplish is eliminating play within the knot.



Step 11:
Grab your leader line and mainline and give it one good hard pull completely the system. Using a good pair of scissors, cut your tag ends as close to the knot as possible. Now you’re ready to fish!



Without a doubt, with any new knot, the ever lasting struggle is in figuring out how to make your fingers work for you. While frustrating towards the beginning, the knot will get easier as time progresses. I highly recommend you giving it a shot.


Category: Fishing Blog
Comments
Scoot  6/22/2015 08:29:25 AM
Great info there Matt keep it up!!!
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