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Knot Guide

 

The Albright Knot

The Albright Knot is most commonly used for joining monofilament lines of unequal diameters, for creating shock leaders and when a Bimini Twist is tied in the end of the lighter casting line. It is also used for connecting monofilament to wire.
 
  1. Bend a loop in the tag end of the heavier monofilament and hold between thumb and forefinger of left hand. Insert the tag end of the lighter monofilament through loop from the top. Pull the standing part of the heavy mono and the standing part of the light mono.
  1. Slip tag end of lighter monofilament under your left thumb and pinch it tightly against the heavier strands of the loop. Wrap the first turn of the lighter monofilament over itself and continue wrapping toward the round end of the loop. Take at least 12 turns with the lighter monofilament around all three strands.
  1. Insert tag end of the lighter monofilament through end of the loop from the bottom. It must enter and leave the loop on the same side.
  1. With the thumb and forefinger of the left hand, slide the coils of the lighter monofilament toward the end of the loop, stopping 1/8" from end of loop. Using pliers, pull the tag end of the lighter mono tight to keep the coils from the slipping off the loop.
  1. With your left hand still holding the heavier mono, pull on the standing part of the lighter mono. Pull the tag end of the lighter mono and the standing part a second time.
  1. Trim both tag ends.
 

The Improved Albright Knot

An improved version of the original developed by Geoff Wilson that ties neater and remains more secure than the standard Albright.
 
  1. Double one end of the leader to form a loop. Run the main line through the loop and begin wrapping around both legs of the loop, going up to the leader.
  1. Make five wraps.
  1. Begin wrapping back down the leader, going around both legs of the leader and the previous main-line wraps.
  1. Complete five wraps back down the leader and pass the tag end through the loop, going out the same side it came in.
  1. Partially close the knot by pulling on all four strands of mono.
  1. As the knot begins to tighten, release both tags to pull only on the standing end of the line and leader.
  1. Cinch the knot, and trim tag ends.


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