The Best Fishing Knots Of All Time [Ranked Strongest To Weakest]

It’s fishing knot time!

Do you want to know something that might shock you about fishing knots?

After testing hundreds of fishing knots over the past couple of years, I’ve learned one very important lesson…

The “100% fishing knot” is a myth.

Why?

Physics.

Yes, simple physics is the reason why. Pretty much all knots will create a weak point on the line given that it creates a point on the line where a max load is hitting it from more than just one direction.

And although there are some instances where the main line (or leader) will break before the knot fails, there is no single knot that can always do that with all types of lines.

So step #1 in using the strongest possible knots for your fishing needs is to understand that there is no such thing as a “100% knot”…

And if you hear someone say that their knot is 100% without any exclusions, then they likely have never tested it out in a controlled test with multiple lines, so I be wary of their recommendation.

Here’s the hard truth…

Your favorite fishing knot is weak, and so is mine

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).

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. 

Now that we’re past the first hurdle (acceptance), step #2 is to actually test our knots to make sure that you don’t lose the fish of a lifetime due using a knot that isn’t the absolute best for each connection in your line system.

To help save you time in testing knots, I’ll be displaying results from my continued testing on this page.

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)

 

Knot Category Groupings

Feel free to use the links below to skip down to the knot connection that you’re most interested in. Otherwise, you can simply scroll down to see all of the knots.

And if you don’t see your favorite knot listed, just leave a comment on the bottom of this post (click here) and I’ll add it to my list of fishing knots to evaluate.

So let’s get started…

Definition of Bad, Good, & Great Fishing Knots

best fishing knots

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:

  • Bad Knot: unravels/slips when under heavy tension
  • Good Knot: does not unravel or slip (it breaks before unraveling)
  • Great Knot: does not unravel/slip and has a higher breaking point than “Good knots”

How To Determine A Bad Knot

A bad knot is very easy to see because it leaves behind the telltale sign of trouble… the curly tag end.

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.

So if you ever see the curly end after a break-off, do not tie the same knot the same way because it’ll likely happen again.

How To Determine A Good Knot vs. A Great Knot

The difference between a Good knot and a Great knot requires the act of intentionally breaking them under a controlled test to see how much tension they can hold before the break occurs.

This is the missing link that most anglers overlook because it requires time and effort.

I am the perfect example of this because I was even fishing tournaments with money and pride at stake and never even bothered to actually test my personal knots.

And when I finally did test my knots, I was shocked at the results… the very first test I did revealed that I was getting 30% less strength than I otherwise would have had I been simply using a different knot for my line to leader connection (replacing the Double-Uni knot with the FG knot… both shown below).

So I highly recommend testing out your knots. And if you’d like a shortcut, this page shows the results from my testing below to help guide you to the best knots from my many tests done so far.

And I’ll continually update this “best fishing knot” post as more and more knots are tested so that you can have the latest and greatest data.

So if you want to save time while maximizing your line strength, this post is for you.

What Are The Best Fishing Knots?

There are many different types of lines which in many cases have completely different textures, sizes, and friction coefficients.

So we’ll be evaluating knots based on the type of line used within these general line categories:

  • Braid
  • Monofilament/Fluorocarbon
  • Wire (Coming soon)
  • Flyline (Coming soon)

And to truly evaluate a fishing knot, it is essential to focus each test on a specific type of connection because a knot that is very good for line-to-line connections is often not good at all for line-to-lure connections (and visa-Aversa).

So we’ll break out the rankings shown below into the following connections types for each line category:

  • Line-to-Line Knots
  • Line-to-Hook/Lure Knots [Snug]
  • Line-to-Hook/Lure Knots [Loop]

Let’s get started!

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)

 

Best Fishing Knots for Braided Line

braided fishing line

Braided line has quickly become an extremely popular choice for inshore anglers because it allows for longer casts and better feel of lures given that its strength to diameter ratio is so much higher than mono/fluoro lines.

Plus, it has very little stretch which enables the angler to feel even the lightest of taps on the other end of the line.

But braid requires much for friction within the knot compared to monofilament so it almost always requires a different knot than the traditional knots used on mono.

Best Braid to Leader Knots

To kick things off, we’ll start with the most important of all connections for most saltwater anglers who use a lighter main line to connect to a stronger leader.

This setup is becoming very common because it allows for the overall system to have optimal casting performance (due to the lighter line in the reel) while having a stronger leader line at the business end to hold up to the sharp teeth and/or rough mouths of the target species.

Fluorocarbon is the most commonly used monofilament leader these days since it’s known for being less visible in the water while also being more resistant to abrasions, so this analysis is focused on connecting a braided line to a fluorocarbon leader.

Here are the top 5 ranking knots based on the knot tests I’ve done so far:

  1. PR Bobbin Knot [requires tools]
    1. Pro: This is an extremely strong knot when tied correctly
    2. Con: Requires tools to tie and takes a long time (extremely tough to do while on the water)
  2. FG Knot*
    • Pro: Thinnest knot I’ve ever seen while also having the highest breaking strength.
    • Con: Requires a strong cinch before cutting the tags so that it fully locks into place.
      • Note: Only use this knot if tying a braided line to a stronger mono/fluoro leader.
  3. 6 Turn Surgeon’s Knot
    • Pro: Very quick to tie while having a shocking strong breaking point and can be tied using lines of any size
    • Con: Bulkier and slightly weaker than the FG knot
  4. Doubled-Over Double Uni Knot
    • Pro: Easy knot to tie and it can be used for all connections
    • Con: Up to 30% weaker than the FG knot in my tests
  5. Crazy Alberto Knot
    • Pro: Nice low profile knot with a strong breaking point
    • Con: Up to 30% weaker than the FG knot in my tests
  6. Improved Albright
    • Pro: Nice low profile knot with a strong breaking point
    • Con: Weaker than the FG knot and the Crazy Alberto

Click here to see the first contest I hosted for this connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best Doubled Braid-to-Leader Knots

Many anglers like to double the braid by forming a loop at the end of the braid and then tying a line-to-line knot to connect the doubled braid to the leader.

In many instances, this does increase the overall line strength for anglers who are using a lighter braid relative to the leader.

However, the FG knot tied on a single line has proven to outperform the doubled knot connections in most of my testing. 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.

Line Doubling Knots [Braid]

  1. Bimini Twist
    • Pro: Extremely strong doubling knot
    • Con: It often requires more twists (30+) with braid so that it won’t slip
  2. Spider Hitch
    • Pro: Faster to tie than the Bimini Twist
    • Con: Not as strong as the Bimini Twist
  3. Surgeon Loop (6-turn)
    • Pro: Extremely fast to tie
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Bimini Twist

Doubled Line To Leader Knots [Braid to Fluoro]

  1. FG Knot
    • Pro: Thinnest knot I’ve ever seen while also having the highest breaking strength.
    • Con: Requires a very strong cinch before cutting the tags so that it fully locks into place.
      • Note: Only use this knot if tying a braided line to a stronger mono/fluoro leader.
  2. No-Name Knot (aka- Bristol Knot)
    • Pro: Quick and easy knot to tie
    • Con: Not as strong as the FG knot
  3. Yucatan Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy to tie (very similar to Bristol knot)
    • Con: Not as strong as the FG knot

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best Braid-to-Swivel/Lure/Hook Knots

This next category is focused for anglers who use braided line and like to use swivels.

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).

  1. Braid Uni Knot
    • Pro: Great knot that is very strong and easy to tie
    • Con: Although an easy knot to tie, some are faster
  2. San Diego Jam Knot
    • Pro: Strong knot that is easy and quick to tie
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Modified Uni Knot
  3. Palomar Knot
    • Pro: Very fast and easy to tie
    • Con: Not as strong with braid as it is with mono
  4. Orvis Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy to tie
    • Con: Not as strong with braid as it is with mono
  5. Improved Cinch Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy to tie
    • Con: This knot doesn’t perform well with braid (prone to slippage)
  6. Clinch Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy to tie
    • Con: This knot doesn’t perform well with braid (prone to slippage)

Click here to see results from a contest I hosted for this connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best Fishing Knots for Monofilament/Fluorocarbon Line

best fishing knots for mono line

Monofilament line is used by almost all anglers in some capacity, so I’ve done many tests with knots using mono line.

For tests that I’ve done for my personal use, I focused on Fluorocarbon line, which is a specific type of mono.

Many anglers use Fluorocarbon for their leader material since it’s known to be stronger the less visible than traditional monofilament line.

Here’s what I’ve tested so far:

Best Mono-to-Mono Knots

Here are the top mono-to-mono knots that I have tested:

  1. 3 Turn Surgeon’s Knot*
    • Pro: Extremely easy and fast knot to tie with very strong holding strength
    • Con: Need to tie this before tying on a lure or hook
  2. SS Knot
    • Pro: Versatile knot connection with an impressive breaking strength
    • Con: Not quite as fast or strong as the Surgeon’s knot
  3. Double Uni Knot
    • Pro: Easy knot to tie and it can be used for all connections
    • Con: Not as fast or strong as the Surgeon’s knot
  4. Albright Special
    • Pro: Easy knot to tie that looks very nice once completed
    • Con: Not as fast or strong as the Surgeon’s knot
  5. Blood Knot
    • Pro: Easy to tie with lines of similar size
    • Con: Not as effective with lines of different diameters

Click here to see results from a contest I hosted for this connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best Line-to-Hook Knots [Mono/Fluoro]

Now that we covered the very important line-to-line connection, let’s dig in to the best fishing knots for connecting our hooks and lures to the end of the line.

For this category, we’ll split it up into two sections to cover the two core different types of connections:

  1. Loop Knot – Leaves a loop so that the lure/hook has more range of motion in the water (less strength compared to snug)
  2. Snug Knot – Line hugs around hook/lure eye forming a strong connection (less range of motion)

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.

Best Loop Knot to Lure/Hook

When fishing with artificial lures, using a loop knot is an advantage because it allows the lure to have more motion in the water which most often leads to more strikes.

But the downside is that loop knots are not as strong as snug knots, so that needs to be taken into account when selecting your leader line size and when setting drag.

Here are my favorites:

  1. Rapala Loop Knot
    • Pro: The strongest loop knot I’ve tested so far
    • Con: Takes a bit longer to tie than many others and leaves a tag end facing up which can snag weeds/debris
  2. Non-Slip Loop Knot (aka. Kreh Loop)*
    • Pro: Very quick and easy to tie and has a tag end that points down towards the lure (more weedless)
    • Con: Just a tad weaker than the Rapalla knot
  3. Figure 8 Loop Knot
    • Pro: Tested to be very strong (very close to Rapalla Loop Knot
    • Con: Takes longer to tie than the Non-Slip Loop knot and does not have a weedless tag end
  4. Perfection Loop Knot
    • Pro: Strong loop knot that is quick to tie
    • Con: Tougher to tie since this knot requires the hook/lure to pass through a loop
  5. Canoe Man Loop Knot
    • Pro: Extremely fast loop knot to tie
    • Con: Strength test was great with traditional mono, but it didn’t perform nearly as well with fluorocarbon

Click here to see the first contest I did with this important connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

Best “Snug” Knot to Lure/Hook

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.

Here’s my ranking of the Snug knots that I’ve tested so far:

  1. Palomar Knot
    • Pro: Very strong knot that is easy to tie when using bare hooks
    • Con: Can become cumbersome when using larger lures because it requires the lure pass through a loop
  2. Uni Knot
    • Pro: Good knot that is fairly quick to tie and can be used for almost any connection
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Palomar knot
  3. Orvis Knot*
    • Pro: Very quick and easy knot to tie that is very strong
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Palomar knot
  4. Clinch Knot
    • Pro: Quick and easy knot to tie
    • Con: Not as fast and easy as the Orvis Knot nor as strong as the Palomar Knot
  5. Double Davy Knot
    • Pro: Very quick and easy to tie (just 1 more twist vs. the Davie Knot)
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Orvis knot which is just as easy to tie
  6. Davy Knot
    • Pro: Very quick and easy to tie
    • Con: Not quite as strong as the Orvis knot which is just as easy to tie

Click here to see the first contest I did with this important connection.

Note: If your favorite knot isn’t included, leave a comment below and I’ll test it out and add it to the list.

More test data getting added soon, so be sure to bookmark this page!

Conclusion

best fishing knots

Of the many factors that determine if you land the fish of a lifetime that you hook, the one that we have 100% control over is the quality of the knots that we use.

So it’s essential for us to select the absolute best fishing knot for each connection to get the most overall line strength.

You have certainly heard the saying, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link…” Well, a rod, reel, and an angler are only as strong as the knot between them and the fish.

Make it count.

There isn’t (and never will be) one fishing knot that can do everything with all line types and connection needs, so make sure to be mindful of the knot options you have for each connection need you have.

This post will continually grow over time as knot suggestions come in, so leave a comment below letting us know of any other knots you’d like us to add to this analysis.

Note: The * symbols next to the knots listed above are the ones that I personally use for each of the respective connections.

The tests have been done using 10 to 20 lb PowerPro tied to 20 to 30 lb Ande and Seaguar fluorocarbon.

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)

 

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Matt Loutzenhiserf
Matt Loutzenhiserf
5 months ago

So I’ve fished on and off my whole life, but after being in Florida for almost 2 years I’m excited to dive into fishing. I have always struggled with knots and have lost my fair share of lures at the hook because of a bad knot.

But the other night I was fishing a bridge in Miami and had something on the line for a few minutes prior to the lure coming out. I was disappointed when the line went slack and reeled my line in. Looked at my leader and it was almost frayed from the fish running against the bridge.

Finally I realized that my knots didn’t fail for once with something big on the line. Pretty stoked on it. Thanks for the knowledge dudes. Can’t wait to nail what ever was the the end of the line soon.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago

You should put down the snell version of the uni knot it’s much better and tighter because it goes around the hook instead of the outside, making it more efficient and tighter.. I’m talking about the “Best “Snug” Knot to Lure/Hook” 2nd best knot. 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. just a thought

Rick Wynn
Rick Wynn
5 months ago

Hi Luke.

Something has always bothered me about the Uni Knot. It’s the way the whole thing crushes when you dress the knot. Yes, it’s easy to tie, even in the dark, which is why I use it, but it seems to me, the Hangman’s Knot is a much “prettier” knot, that does not crush. I see that there is some misinformation out there on the internet, stating that the hangman’s knot and the uni-knot are the same, but that is not true. They are completely different knots. The hangman’s knot wraps all 3 lines as you wind it up, whereas the uni-knot wraps 2 lines. So my question is, has the Hangman’s Knot ever been tested for strength as a fishing knot?

Thanks!
Rick

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Rick Wynn
5 months ago

Hi Rick.
Onother knot similar to a Hangman is a San Diego Jam.
There is a variation to a Uni called Fish-n-Fool knot. In essense, it is a uni which passed through the eye of the hook twice before tying the normal uni over.

Emiliano
Emiliano
6 months ago

What about the GT knot?

Emiliano
Emiliano
Reply to  Luke Simonds
5 months ago

I supposed, thanks!

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 months ago

Hi I was watching Bass guy Gman Gerald Swimdle show his knot, he doubles line thru jig then wraps around the main line several times and passes this doubled line thru the loop and tighten it leaves 3 tags to cut ,a double and a single ,he says best knot for flourocarbon. I will forward the video, hope it comes through. You guys are tops good luck

JA

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

I think this knot is called a Doubled Clinch knot.
However, Gman called it different🤣

RICHARD FIORENTINO
RICHARD FIORENTINO
6 months ago

With a lot of time on my hands, like everyone else, I have reviewed this excellent knot guide . I fish braid to mono. If anyone can master the FG, Freh loop, the uni ( and double-uni), the surgeons,The palomar and the improved hitch, I don’t think you need anything else for inshore fishing.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 months ago

A quick comment. I agree that a well tied above average knot will beat a poorly tied better knot.

Mabry Edwards, Jr.
Mabry Edwards, Jr.
7 months ago

How does a fluorocarbon leader inserted into hollow core braid with DaHo hollow threading and reverse latch needles compare to PR Bobbin Knot and the FG Knot? 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. What about line strength? The harder one pulls, the stronger and more uniform the squeeze. It works offshore and now there’s a source for 20 lb. and 30 lb. ultra thin hollow core braid. I just installed 30 lb braid (with .26 diameter; blue label fluoro 30 lb .21 dia) on a new Shimano Tranx 200 (6.2 gear ratio) and I’m confident the no knot connection will not slip. Another 100% braid to fluoro connection?

Steve
Steve
7 months ago

I’ve been using the FG knot for a while and always use a heavier Braid (15lb) to an 8lb mono and I have no issues. Most of the bass anglers I’ve seen use a heavier braid main line and a lighter leader. Any reason for the warning you put on the knot to only use a heavier leader?

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Luke Simonds
7 months ago

So only use a leader that is a thicker diameter then the braid correct? Thanks

Doug
Doug
9 months ago

There is a version of the improved clinch knot that is stronger than a palomar. I’ve won a contest during a marlin tournament against 100 other professional crews with this knot.

Eric Cabrera
Eric Cabrera
10 months ago

Can you test the GT knot. I hear its stronger than the FG but has a slightly larger profile. Is this true? I currently use FG knot ALWAYS!

Zamps
Zamps
10 months ago

Could you please evaluate the Penny Knot. Used frequently in Australia.

Richard
Richard
10 months ago

What about the TN Knot in mono connection to metal ring or hook?

Andy
Andy
10 months ago

Hi, can u include GT knot too?

Thomas KAsekamp
Thomas KAsekamp
10 months ago

Have you guys tested the Seaguar knot for tying leader to braid?

Chris Soud
Chris Soud
10 months ago

You said that fg to Bimini consistently beat single line fg. Please explain. Good information.

Alfredgeorge Deanperry
Alfredgeorge Deanperry
1 year ago

It seems to me like one could get by in many situations with just the easy-to-tie Palomar and surgeon’s knot/loop and not sacrifice much knot strength. As a result, I’d like to see a discussion about the limits of such versatile knots and the situations which absolutely require knowing some of the less versatile, more specialized (and usually more-difficult-to-tie) knots.

Lee
Lee
1 year ago

I suggest one more knot to test (Double Zeppelin Bend) for line-to-line connection of similar diameters, then I’ll stop. I tied two pieces of #6 mono together. At one junction I tied a 3 Turn Surgeon’s. At the other I tied a Zeppelin Bend or a Double Zeppelin Bend (2-wrap collars). 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. The Double Zeppelin Bend was stronger than the 3 Turn Surgeon’s (3 out of 3 tries), but the Zeppelin Bend was weaker (1 out of 1 try). The single Zeppelin Bend may do better with larger diameter line. FWIW, on the International Guild of Knot Tyers Forum a guy wrote that he tested the Zeppelin Bend against the Albright Special with #10 mono and the Zeppelin Bend (single not double) won 5 out of 5 tries. 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.

Lee
Lee
1 year ago

For a loop knot did you test the Double Dragon? By the way, there are ways to tie the Perfection Loop to a lure/hook without passing the lure/hook through the knot.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  Luke Simonds
1 year ago

The simplest demo of hand tying the Double Dragon Knot that I know of is by a backpacker in the YouTube video entitled “Double Dragon and Farrimond Knots” starting at 4:45. He shows 3 ways of tying the DDK: at the end of the line, in the middle, and to a lure. I use light mono (#4-10) in the Southern California surf, but his method should work OK for heavier line if you don’t mind wasting a little at the tag end. By the way, as a retired scientist I love your approach!

Drob
Drob
1 year ago

Im surprised Sandiego jam was not close to the top of mono/flouro to hook connections.
Can you add the chain knot to you future tests. This is very popular with japanese jiggers to connect their leader to jigs.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

Been using improved locking figure eight knot for 50 years. Easy to tie , very strong, dose in my belief everything from line joining to tackle construction.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

have you tested the J knot against the surgeon 3 turn knot?

Jim
Jim
Reply to  Jim
1 year ago

I have not, what should I test for? Strength, practicality? I have often wondered how it’Compares. I do know this , I have tried this knot thousands of times and it thrills me every time. Never found a need to search for another , But interested

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

Hey Luke thanks for testing these knots accurately this page is great.
Im interested in finding the strongest setup to make paternoster rigs, up until now I have just been tieing them very simply like this,

https://youtu.be/zlAen8jUc3c

But then I watched this video where he tieing what he calls the “T Knot” for creating paternoster droppers;

https://youtu.be/_KL8ej_8jMs

Could you please test the difference in these setups?

Also when once you have a dropper do you think that it would be stronger to tie a hook onto it with the palamot knot or just putting the hook through the loop and back onto itself like in the video.

Thanks

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Nick
1 year ago

I would love to see you test different paternoster/dropper rigs. Here is another interesting one I think would be worth testing.
https://youtu.be/8tG5YIU2Of4

I would also like to see how the different ways to tie the snell knot test.

As always I am very appreciative of the info you provide.

Ben

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Ben
1 year ago

Ben that paternoster rigs is essentially the same knot as the first video I posted except with the twists to prevent it getting tangled, still interesting as it’s alot simpler than the T Knot setup and does pretty much the same thing.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Check out YouTube at the SOLIS knot. It starts as an Albright but it finishes with a locking half hitch which allows it to be tied with only a few wraps. It’s tying all materials together for me. Works great,very nice.

Terr
Terr
1 year ago

“eye-crosser” with 3 loop Uni instead of two, for mono to swivel or hook. Faster and easier to tie than Palomar.

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

What about the double palomar knot “snug” with mono? Was that attempted since it was way up there in the braided line testing?

Paleo Pete
Paleo Pete
1 year ago

I found a knot once in a fly fishing pamphlet, no idea what it’s called, it uses two simple overhand knots pulling against each other, and I’ve never seen it break. I got back a “curly end” once, because I didn’t tie it well enough. Every other time I’ve gotten my lure back, the line broke above the knot, the knot and loop still attached to the hook. It makes a small loop and allows a fly or lure to have more natural action rather than following the line.

I don’t have pictures, I’ll try to describe it.

Start just like Rapala knot, simple overhand knot then put the tag end through the hook eye. Pull snug against hook eye but not tight. Tie a 2nd overhand knot above that one and around original line. Pull that one snug, close to the other overhand knot, by pulling the tag end. Both knots will separate. Then pull the main line to tighten, which will pull both against each other, and cut off a short tag end. Fast and strong, and according to the fly fishing pamphlet, also stronger than the line. I trust it on weightless worms to pull in any bass. Caught a 5.6lb bass on 6 lb line using this knot. In a brushy area.

My results have been excellent, I’ve used it for over 30 years exclusively as a knot for lures and hooks, both fresh and salt water, and it stood up to a redfish longer than the 48 quart ice chest. Numerous bass in the 3 to 6lb range.

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. Fish always drag your line against anything they come near, which abrades the line and creates weak spots. 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

EDIT – Just found Homer Rhode Loop, looks quite similar. I don’t use the double wrap for the 2nd knot, just a second simple overhand knot.

Ryan
Ryan
1 year ago

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? I’m working on my FG knots but do well with the double uni and wondering if that test stronger with a weaker leader than the FG

justin
justin
Reply to  Luke Simonds
10 months ago

ya, but why do you recommend that? my braid is 30lbs and i like to switch beween 20 30 and 50 fluoro. will it fail?

also you didnt test snelling a hook?

Joan
Joan
1 year ago

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. The friction of the Duncan loop over the main line reduces its force over a (relatively) long chunk of line and the extra turn through the eye provides friction that keeps the stability of the knot from collapsing or allowing the line to slip around the eye and stretch at its weakest point. And this creates a knot that almost never breaks before the line when tied with care. Physics.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

I learned a knot from a tackle shop in Newport Oregon….We call it the Newport Knot…Randy the inventor has been challenged for 20 years by guides commercial fishermen….and never lost. Something this knot does, is the line breaks above the knot every time ,never seen another knot do this, I have 2 books on fishing knots this knots beats ever single one of them with all type of line….I’ll try to make a video……

Ben Castellano
Ben Castellano
1 year ago

Hello Luke,

Your site is definitely one of the best fishing resources I have found on the Net. Much appreciated to you and all the staff.

Have you ever tested if there are different breaking strengths/reliability when tying different types of snell knots? Is one way better than another?

I would also really like to get your thoughts on the TN knot as a terminal tackle knot.

Kind regards,

Ben

Alastair Hosking
Alastair Hosking
1 year ago

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. What I didn’t find was a reasonably reliable knot for joining a single strand of mono to a mono backbone. I sometimes use a T knot which I form from a modified Albright and dropper loop combo. However, when testing this in various ways I found the dropper loop failed before the modified Albright part. I was getting better strength when I made a dropper rig using just the modified Albright knot. The problem then became the look of the rig – the branches no longer stand at right angles to the backbone. Do you have any suggestions that could be explored?

Alastair Hosking
Alastair Hosking
Reply to  Luke Simonds
1 year ago

HI Luke – did you get my reply via email and the photographs I sent with it?

Jon Knapp
Jon Knapp
1 year ago

I would like to see the worlds fair knot included, especially for braid line

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

What knot would you use for tying braid to a lighter mono line but same diameter, say for example you want to fill half the spool with mono and half with braid. I like to match the diameters to prevent bulges from a big knot? You say the FG knot should only used if tying a braided line to a stronger mono/fluoro leader why?

John
John
Reply to  Luke Simonds
1 year ago

Thank you for the reply, I don’t plan on ever getting into the mono backing its just to save $$ on not spooling an entire reel with braid. I appreciate the way you promptly answer every question people have here.

richard
richard
1 year ago

how good is the hook nail knot? Strength of knot to hook direct?

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

Trilene knot!
For mono to lure (snug) i would rate the Trilene on first place, then Palomar.

Dave Bohling
Dave Bohling
1 year ago

Seagaur knot

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Hi Luke, Interesting thread. I got a little bleary eyed reading all the comments and responses. One knot I did not see mentioned was the Slim Beauty knot. I have been using this knot for braid to flouro leader and found it to be reliable and small profile so it does not pick up grass etc. It may be known by a another name, which case, I am not familiar with it. It is easy to tie and makes a nice connection.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Forget it. Use the FG

William
William
1 year ago

I just found this tool called the Tie-Fast Knot Tool, I ties a Nail Knot; really easy for my 8 year old to learn. Would you be able to compare this knot to some of the others like the Palomar and Trilene Knots? You can also use the Nail Knot to attach line to line.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

I would very much like to see the Trilene knot tested. Thank you for all the information.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Thanks for these knots, Im going to put some of these vids on my phone if that’s ok.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Wow this is great information thanks for sharing this. Have you tested the Miller knot? It was created by Joe Miller

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Hi have you tired the knotless knot I use it a lot and it has never failed on me. I never tested it. It’s one of the easiest knot to tie thanks

Brad
Brad
1 year ago

Hey will you test the worlds fair knot? For snug terminal tackle?

Jakob
Jakob
1 year ago

Hi guys…I need advice. Im using as SL mono 0.33, and its connected to main line 0.28. Which knot is the thinnest one?Cos of easier gliding through the glides for long cast.

tnx a lot.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Luke Simonds
1 year ago

Berkley trilene transoptic 0.28 is main….and shock is same model just 0.33…yr advice?

Josh
Josh
1 year ago

Please could you repeat the test series with small diameter flourocarbon lines? (ie 4-6lb)?

Particularly regarding terminal tackle knots…

Thanks!

Gregory Ramko
Gregory Ramko
1 year ago

I would like to see a strength and durability comparison between the FG knot and the Modified FG knot .

Randy
Randy
1 year ago

I didn’t see the J-knot for braid to mono/flouro. I tested against the blood knot I have been using and the J knot won 3 out of 3 for me. Reminds you of a 4turn surgeons knot but you make the loop and pass the braid tag and entire leader thru the loop alternating top and then around bottom. Hard to explain.

Barry Pretorius
Barry Pretorius
1 year ago

I don’t see that you have a braid to braid knot?

Jimmy Mathis
Jimmy Mathis
1 year ago

I fish the Sea of Cortez for billfish. Here, marlin bigger than 250# are rare; we generally catch more stripes and sails. 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. I am a “knot freak” and have spent years of testing the breaking strength of knots both on the water and on a jig which I built for that purpose. My issue is that, although I read every “knot test” I can find, those tests never test the braid-to-leader connection we use. First, I use 80# braid for mainline–300 yds. on most reels. After using 50# and 65#, I settled on 80# because the breaking strength of braid is much more inconsistent than mono. This gives me a bit more margin for error when those rare big fish come along and, as you will see below, the braid rarely gets in the water anyway and only then when there’s a lot of line out and line friction through the water adds to the needed increase in breaking strength. I then splice on a 50# mono top shot about 150 yds. long–the actual length varies by reel depending on how much the reel will hold on top of the braid. Since the splice knot will usually be the weakest point, I want to avoid the splice altogether when possible and this combination means that the splice does not come off the reel most of the time. But when it does with a bigger fish, I have 300 yds. of braid mainline as backup. This also results in a stretchy mono section which serves as a “shock” leader which helps prevent hook pulls. I know other fishermen who use this set up also, or variations thereof, and do not think it is all that unusual. But all the splice knot tests which I have read involve lighter braid to heavier leader which is the reverse of what we use. I have evolved over the years from Albrights, Improved Albrights, Bristols and Improved Bristols–now I’m using a 13 wrap FG knot finished with a Rizzuto. I would love to see a knot test for such a setup using the IGFA testing machine which, I’m sure, would be more accurate than my home-made rig which incorporates a spring scale. Thanks.

Thomas C. Berry
Thomas C. Berry
Reply to  Luke Simonds
1 year ago

Saw somthing you guys could produce and sell it was a coffee cup with nautical knots we need one with fishing knots

John Valles
John Valles
Reply to  Jimmy Mathis
7 months ago

Curious about two knots.

1. The nail knot splice for line to line (nail knot leader to main line and mainline to leader). With a tool (yes, a con is having to use a tool) it’s incredibly easy and quick to tie, so I’m curious how it is I’m the strength department.

2. Have you tested snelling a hook to mono or fluro? I’d be interested to see if it holds up to actual knots.

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