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Best Fishing Knot For Attaching Flourocarbon Leader To Braid
I continue to do a bulk of my fishing with braided fishing lines, like PowerPro and Spiderwire - and for good reason. There are so many advantages to fishing braid that I buy the stuff in bulk, because I know that 9 times out of 10 I know I'll be throwing the stuff. However... braid does have one disadvantage - it's very visible.
Many anglers, including myself, now attach a flourocarbon leader - of a couple feet or so - to allow for a more "stealthy" presentation. But tying knots with a superline, or braided line can be a bit tricky. The stuff is so slick, that it doesn't grip like traditional monofilament or flourocarbon. Those knots that you've used forever with success on traditional mono-polymer and co-polymer lines, just won't cut it with braided lines. So what knot is the best for attaching a flouro leader, to a braded line? Most anglers agree, the Double Uni-Knot is the way to go.
The knot is relatively easy to tie, and in my opinion does the best job of ensuring that, that trophy fish makes it into your net or boat.
Start by setting the two lines your working with, next to each other. Give yourself about 6 to 8 inches of line to work with, with both line ends, or the "tag" ends. Start with the braided line, and make a small loop. With that loop formed, and the flourocarbon line placed directly next to your braided line, take the tag end of the braid and pass it through the loop (and around the flourocarbon) 3 to 5 times. Pull on both the flourocarbon and braided line to "snug-up" but not tighten the knot.
Next, proceed by following the same with the flourocarbon, starting with a small loop, and wrapping it 3 to 5 times. Gently pull on the knot you've formed there, to "snug-up," but not tighten that knot.
Now that you have two "snug" knots, go ahead an pull on both lines (and tag lines) simultaneously to tighten up 100%. You will see the two knots moving closer and closer to each other as you pull, and forming two back-to-back knots.... hence the double uni-knot. As with every knot, before you tighten 100%, be sure you lubricate with a little saliva. Now, simply trim the tag ends, and you're ready to fish!