25 TOP SKIPPERS’ FAVES
I asked these charter captains and guides how they choose to connect a braid main line to a fluoro or mono leader. Here’s what they said:
(Singer Island, Florida, tunawahoo.com) Albright for light braid, FG for heavy braid Comment: Albright is fast; never had one fail.
ANTONIO “TUBA” AMARAL
(Canavieiras, Brazil; facebook.com/antonio.amaral.507) Bobbin knot
(North Carolina; tarpamguide.com)
Double uni for light braid. For heavy braid, Bristol, with a spider hitch to create a loop in the braid.
(Santa Barbara, California; wavewalker.com) Reverse Albright Comment: We have tried many other knots, but we always come back to the reverse Albright.
KEVIN BEACH (Venice, Louisiana; mgfishing.com) Modified reverse Albright MARK BENNETT
(Englewood, Florida; tarponsnook.com) Double uni, with a spider hitch to create a loop in the braid Comment: I find the spider hitch [with braid] tends to hold up better than a Bimini.
BRIAN CLANCY (Oak Hill, Florida; mosquitolagoonfishcamp.com) Double uni ROB DELPH
(Key West, Florida; wefishkeywest.com) FG and modified slim beauty Comment: FG is the strongest, best knot.
(Gulfport, Florida; summervacationcharters.com) Bristol (Yucatan), with a five-turn overhand knot to create a loop in the braid
(Fort Myers, Florida; fishinghobby.com) Double uni, first doubling the braid
(Dartmouth, Massachusetts; watchoutfish.com) Double uni
(Miami, Florida; knotnancy.com)
Single uni and clinch knot, with a Bimini twist to create a loop in the braid
(Venice, Louisiana; superstrikecharters.com) Double uni Comment: I’ve caught everything from 3-pound redfish to 500-pound blue marlin using this connection; I can tie it quickly, and it works every time. Also, I like it because if you don’t tie it correctly, it’s obvious.
(New York, New York; nycflyfishing.com) Blood knot for lighter braid (first doubling the braid), slim beauty for heavier braid
(Florida City, Florida; sportsmansadventures.com) Double uni, with a Bimini twist to create a loop in the braid
(Key West, Florida; keylimey.com)
Blood knot for lighter braid; Albright for heavier
(Houma, Louisiana; customchartersllc.com) Albright
(Canary Islands; bluemarlingomera.com) FG Comment: A Japanese client showed this to me in 2004, and I’ve used it ever since.
(Old Saybrook, Connecticut; reelcastcharters.com) FG (at home) or double uni (on the water, first doubling the braid)
(Long Beach, Mississippi; captainscottsimpson.com) Double uni
(Miami, Florida; captbouncer.com) Double uni
(Holmes Beach, Florida; jmsnookykayakcharters.com)
Double uni or three surgeon’s for lighter braid; Bristol, with a Bimini twist to create a loop in the braid, for heavier braid)
(Homosassa, Florida; homosassainshorefishing.com) Four to five surgeon’s for lighter braid; for heavier braid, same knot but using a Bimini twist to create a loop in the braid Comment: It’s a quick, strong knot that gets my clients back to fishing. I’ve never had this knot fail.
TOM VAN HORN
(Chuluota, Florida; irl-fishing.com)
Double uni, using a Bimini twist to create a loop in the braid
(Seward, Alaska; profish-n-sea.com) Improved Albright, using a Bimini twist to create a loop in the braid