SEP­A­RA­TION ANX­I­ETY

Dis­cover the Strong­est Knots to Con­nect Braid Main Line to Flu­oro Leader in SF’s Fourth Reader Knot Chal­lenge

Sport Fishing - - CONTENTS - By Doug Olan­der

DIS­COVER THE STRONG­EST KNOTS TO CON­NECT BRAID MAIN LINE TO FLU­ORO LEADER IN SF’S FOURTH READER KNOT CHAL­LENGE

As the use of braided line be­comes more and more pop­u­lar, the im­por­tance of knots used to con­nect braid to a length of mono or fluoro­car­bon leader takes on greater sig­nif­i­cance. Most an­glers choose to use a leader with braid, but based on the re­sults of this chal­lenge, it would seem that many are los­ing 30, 40 and even more than 50 per­cent of the braid’s break­ing strength at that knot. On the other hand, some knots re­tain 80 to 100 per­cent of the braid’s strength. The fun­da­men­tal pur­pose of this knot chal­lenge is to share with Sport Fish­ing en­thu­si­asts which knots are the strong­est and how they are tied.

The mo­ment of truth: The knot vis­i­ble here con­nect­ing blue braided line to the clear flu­oro leader is re­ally put to the test at this endgame stage of a tough bat­tle.

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