Gone Outdoors

Recommended Knots for Braided Fishing Line

by Anthony Potenza

Braided fishing line is primarily made for saltwater fishing. Some fisherman prefer it to the more popular monofilament line because of its knot strength, abrasion resistance, lack of stretch, and sensitivity to a fish's strike. Braided lines have a small diameter, are very limp and don't have any memory as does monofilament which tends to coil back to its original shape. The following are some recommended knots for braided fishing lines.

Arbor Knot

The arbor knot is a simple knot all fisherman should know how to tie when attaching any type of line to a fishing reel. Begin by wrapping the end of the line around the arbor or reel spool. Take the free end and make an overhand knot around the line. Then, tie a second overhand knot with the free end. Pull the knots together and tighten against the spool.

Uni Knot

The Uni Knot is a versatile knot which can be adapted to many purposes including attaching braided lines to hooks, swivels and lures and joining two lines. If tying to a hook, run the end of the line through the hook eye. Make a loop beside the standing end. Wind the end around the standing end inside the loop five times. Lubricate the knot and tighten. Slide the knot down against the hook eye. When attaching two lines, each knot is made around the other standing end.

Double Uni Knot

The double uni knot is an excellent knot for joining two lines of similar or different diameters. Overlap the ends of two lines. Make a loop at the end of one line and pass the tag end over the second line. Make four or five wraps around the second line and the loop. Pass the tag end over the outside of the knot. Pull the first knot tight and repeat the step with the second line. Apply moisture and pull the two knots together.

Palomar Knot

The palomar knot is easy to tie, is considered the strongest knot known, and is the recommended knot for braided lines. Begin by doubling about 4 inches of line and pass the lop through the hook eye. Tie an overhand knot but don't tighten the knot. Pass the loop over the hook. Pull both ends until the knot is tightened. Trim the end.

About the Author

Anthony Potenza began writing in 1985 as a publicity and staff writer for 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. He has written a number of articles online, focusing on topics such as food and wine, photography, fly fishing and personal finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University.

Photo Credits

  • Fishing Reel image by Christopher Meder from Fotolia.com