When you need to join two different types of line or two different diameters of line, the Albright knot is considered by many to be one of the best saltwater fishing knots to use.
The Albright is a good knot to tie the leader to the line as it is a strong braid to the fluorocarbon knot. As you learn how to tie fishing knots like the Albright, pay close attention to each step.
Follow these seven steps to learn how to tie an Albright knot:
- Make a loop in the fluorocarbon leader and slightly bend the end of the fluorocarbon loop outward. Thread the label end of the braid through the loop.
- Hold the fluorocarbon loop together while pulling the marker end of the braid back over the loop.
- Make ten to twelve turns of the braid from left to right, wrap all three strands, making sure that the turns are tight and neat together. Run the label out of the fluorocarbon loop in the same direction as it was entered.
- Slowly pull on the loop to tighten it as you slide the wraps to the end of the loop. Tighten the loop by pulling on both the standing line and the label on the thinner line, making sure that the wraps do not extend past the end of the loop.
- After moving the bobbins all the way, pull on the small label to hold the bobbins in place. Pull on the small standing part and then again on the end of the label.
- As an optional step, you can further lock the Albright knot (braid to fluorocarbon). Instead of shortening the end of the label, you can create a half hitch with three turns and tighten it by pulling towards the loop.
- Test the knot and cut the tags.
From there, all you have to do is tie the Albright knot (braid on fluorocarbon) a few more times so you can quickly tie it on the water.
One tip to keep in mind is that it is helpful to practice your fishing knots at home a few times before going on a fishing trip. You are often in a hurry to tie your knots while fishing. The best thing to do is to learn how to tie them securely at home first.
After using this knot on the water, it is up to you to judge for yourself whether you think this is the best saltwater fishing knot for joining two lines of different diameter.