FYI – I just did a test on the “GT Knot” from the most popular video showing how it’s tied, and it’s avg. I don’t think you have ever tested this knot. There were about 40 entrants one year with the breaking point of the knots in this experiment ranged from 15# to 23.3#, with the bulk of the breakings being between 18# and 21# for the Stern line. Also known as the Duncan loop or the Grinner knot, the uni knot not only connects your line to the hook but also joins the line to the arbor of a reel or swivel or any other rigging hardware. Have been setting in my 1970s herculon easy boy testing knot strength between the snell and uni knot. Now you’ll be ready for when the next big one is on the line. I have practiced today using multiple braid and leader sizes and seems easy to use no matter the size of line and leader. Other knots that use different methods on the leader end are Red Phillips, variations on Alberto knot and an FG. I’m so glad to see that you’re liking this method too… it was a game-changer for me when I learned it. Thanks. It helps in adjusting the distance between the two hooks. But make no mistake, I am absolutely not an expert in knots… just a passionate angler like you who is interested in finding which knots are best for each connection. I fish the Sea of Cortez for billfish. The single Zeppelin Bend may do better with larger diameter line. Please include the Trilene knot in testing. It would be hard and given how small the knots are in 10lb, it is probably not needed. I found a knot once in a fly fishing pamphlet, no idea what it’s called, it uses two simple overhand knots pulling against each other, and I’ve never seen it break. This next category is focused for anglers who use braided line and like to use swivels. I would like to see tests done against this grouper knot. 1. I appreciate the way you promptly answer every question people have here. Given how similar it is to a Uni, my assumption is that its strength would be similar to the Uni. It is on my list of knots to check out, but I just haven’t had time to do that one yet. Required fields are marked *. You’re right about the thinner fluoro not being suitable for the thicker braids to dig in for the FG knot to be 100% trustworthy. Fish always drag your line against anything they come near, which abrades the line and creates weak spots. Having an FG knot or a barrel swivel? Then you're going to love this interview. The fish-n-fool knot and the duncan knot are both variations of the Uni knot… fnf is just the uni knot with an extra wrap around the hook, and the duncan is a uni knot that it pulled snug around the line to form a loop. I still try and keep it from going threw the guides on every cast but now no more than I did with my old knot. and 30 lb. Thank you. Typically I use a splice to add a heavier (say 80lb) braid to a 30 or 40lb mainline to avoid donating tackle to the ocean when casting with a ‘bionic finger’. The nail knot splice for line to line (nail knot leader to main line and mainline to leader). Caught a 5.6lb bass on 6 lb line using this knot. Click here to see the first contest I hosted for this connection. Would be very interested to know how much strength loss there is with that. Yes, simple physics is the reason why. Though it was originally meant for use with eyeless hooks it is widely used to this date with eyed, spade end, EWG, offset, octopus, treble and other types of hooks. Note: This weak point is almost always at the first hard turn in the top section of the knot coming from the main line, so it most often leaves a clean break which looks like the mainline simply snapped when an angler examines the line after a break-off. Fast and strong, and according to the fly fishing pamphlet, also stronger than the line. Hard to explain. Note: The end result would be a T knot with the top and bottom of the T being longer than the coils from the dropper loop that shoot out perpendicular to the mainline. I have tried the PR Bobbin knot also and it does not test well with the 80lb braid mainline to 50lb mono top shot arrangement we use–not on the scale nor on the water under real life circumstances. I have tested a lot of FG knots and braid to swivel knots with 10 lb PowerPro, and it seems as if the FG knots are typically slightly stronger than the best braid knot I’ve found so far (Modified Braid Uni knot). The snell knot is the ultimate knot for flipping and pitching. The uni knot I wrap 6 times for 20 lb mono/fluoro leader. If you were fishing for snook from beach,would you use a snug or loop knot on lures? For mono to lure (snug) i would rate the Trilene on first place, then Palomar. The reason I don’t use clips or any other metallic objects like that is because I do all that I can do to minimize the amount of non-essential metal and/or unnatural looking objects in my line, leader, and lure assembly so to increase the odds that the bigger/smarter fish won’t get spooked off by seeing something that doesn’t look right. Quick and simple method of attaching line to a hook with an up or down turned eye. Hey Luke I wanted to give an update on my FG experience. Which knot do you prefer to tie to jig heads when you have a fluorocarbon leader tied to braided line? I think the one draw back is it uses more line to tie than my old method. How about a video in knots. The Snell Knot allows your line to be tied directly to your hook. What is the testing procedures for testing of knot impact load. It’s one of the easiest knot to tie thanks. I suggest one more knot to test (Double Zeppelin Bend) for line-to-line connection of similar diameters, then I’ll stop. As I've said in the past concerning knots, with a little practice you will be able to tie this knot a lot faster than the time it takes to read how to tie it. Fish On! I got a little bleary eyed reading all the comments and responses. Those knots are all very good knots, but they consistently fail before the line when under max tension when testing their breaking strength. As always I am very appreciative of the info you provide. Be interested to know your thoughts on my dad’s knot (he was a well known fishing journalist) – it’s called the “Jim Gibbinson knot” – if you google it you will see some images of it. Here’s what I found about the GT Knot after doing some research and testing on it: Weekly fishing reports and TRENDS revealing exactly where you should fish ever trip, Weekly “spot dissection” videos that walk you through all the best spots in your area, Exclusive fishing tips from the PROS you can’t find anywhere else. 2. Hey Rick, I have not yet tested the hangman’s knot. How does a fluorocarbon leader inserted into hollow core braid with DaHo hollow threading and reverse latch needles compare to PR Bobbin Knot and the FG Knot? I now fish with it exclusively and have not had it fail. Just incase you wanna change, i’ll try not to notice any others if there is any. Have you tested the Mono/Fluoro to lure/hook knots with very heavy (1mm) fluoro line? To help save you time in testing knots, I’ll be displaying results from my continued testing on this page. This is the missing link that most anglers overlook because it requires time and effort. I haven’t tested that one in particular, but I’ve tested similar knots and they all are good, but not quite as good as a normal double uni knot. “eye-crosser” with 3 loop Uni instead of two, for mono to swivel or hook. 2. I don’t remember the name. One good tip, always cut off about 3 or 4 feet of line and retie after catching a fish or after about an hour of not catching a thing. Watch this short video using high visibility cord and you will be able to tie your own Snell Knot. Do you fish in areas with murky water and big tidal swings? Others may not hold at all due to line stiffness. I’d be interested to see if it holds up to actual knots. Pro: Thinnest knot I’ve ever seen while also having the highest breaking strength. He titles it FG knot Fast and Easy. Can you test the centauri knot? I do modify the original knot by finishing it with 4 alternating half hitches in the braided line. I long ago started using a very simple San Diego Jam Knot on my fluorocarbon bass rods. Tie a 2nd overhand knot above that one and around original line. Most of the bass anglers I’ve seen use a heavier braid main line and a lighter leader. 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