Fishing Knots For Braided Fishing Line
Braided fishing line is much more expensive than normal nylon fishing line, but it lasts much longer than nylon line. It also has a few other advantages over normal nylon fishing line, thus taking out a little bit more extra cash for braided line, might be a worthwhile investment in the long run.
One thing that some people forget, is that the knot used to attach Braided line to hooks, sinkers, swivels and other fishing tackle, is different from the normal way of tying nylon line. This might be a hard lesson to learn, when you have a monster of a fish on the line, just to be broken off after a minute of “playing” the fish!
Here are a few points to remember when it comes to the use of Braided fishing line:
- When tying braided line, do NOT pre-wet it with your mouth. This is a common thing done, when tying nylon line, but with braided line the texture is different. Wetting the line before tying it, might not have the desired results.
- Do not use nylon line, as backing on your fishing reel. In general, braided line is thinner than nylon line. It’s texture is also harder than nylon line, thus the braided line tends to cut into the nylon line. This can cause the nylon line to become weaker and can cause problems when you have a big fish on the line, and running your spool into the backing.
- Use Nylon or Flurocarbon line for a leader at the tip of your braided line. The leader line can be twice the length of the fishing rod. It helps to absorb the shock on the line, when a fish takes the bait aggressively. It also helps in the event where you have to strike after the fish takes the bait. When striking with braided line, tied straight to a hook, 9 out of 10 times you will rip the hook straight out of the fish’s mouth. Most of the times, when the line breaks, it will be at the leader end, thus sparing your braided line.
- The best fishing knots to use, for tying your line to a hook, sinker, swivel or any other fishing tackle, is the “Uni Knot”. This is the most “all round” knot used for braided line. To make it even stronger, you can fold your braided line double, before making the knot. This will ensure a tight knot, that will not come loose after a few time’s use.
- When you start to put braided line on your fishing reel, it might be difficult to keep the line from slipping. The easiest way to avoid this, is to start off, by using around 5 meters (15 feet) of nylon line. The stretch of the nylon ensures a tight fit in the beginning of the spool. The braided line can then be connected to the nylon line, by using a “Double Uni Knot” and finish up by winding the braided onto the spool quite tightly.
Following are some diagrams of the “Uni Knot” as well as the “Double Uni Knot”:
- Step 1. Thread the eye of the hook with the line so the hook is suspended on a loop.
- Step 2. Encircle the main line with a tag so another loop is formed.
- Step 3. Wrap the double strand inside the loop with the tag.
- Step 4. Make four wraps in all, leaving the tag protruding from the loop.
- Step 5. Close the knot but do not pull it tight just yet.
- Step 6. Slide the knot down onto the eye of the hook, pull it tight and trim the tag.