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. To help save you time in testing knots, I’ll be displaying results from my continued testing on this page. But it could also be useful if you like to use connect your braided line directly to your terminal tackle (although I do not recommend tying directly to your lure or hook using braid because fish can see it so much better than mono/fluoro… instead, use a ~20 to 30 inch leader in between your braid and lure/hook). So step #1 in using the strongest possible knots for your fishing needs is to understand that there is no such thing as a “100% knot”…. Reminds you of a 4turn surgeons knot but you make the loop and pass the braid tag and entire leader thru the loop alternating top and then around bottom. Maybe I just have not found it yet as I am exploring the insider site. There’s a fairly recent video floating around showing what was called the “GT knot that’s much stronger than the FG”, but the knot shown was not an actual GT knot and was undoubtedly much weaker than the FG. Which is a true Yucatan. Here are the top mono-to-mono knots that I have tested: Now that we covered the very important line-to-line connection, let’s dig in to the best fishing knots for connecting our hooks and lures to the end of the line. I’m a freshwater angler. Best of all, the individual fishing knots will be ranked based on their strength & performance results for the following knot connection categories: Do You Know The STRONGEST Fishing Knot For Every Situation?The results of these knot strength tests might surprise you!Click here to download the FREE “Ultimate Fishing Knot PDF Guide” (only takes a few seconds). Where’s the love for the GT Knot for braid to mono? Many anglers use Fluorocarbon for their leader material since it’s known to be stronger the less visible than traditional monofilament line. And it also has tested to be stronger than the FG knot for the lighter lines that I’ve tested it on (but I haven’t personally tried it on the thicker lines that you referenced). It sounds like you may want to give the PR Bobbin knot a try (w.saltstrong.com/articles/pr-bobbin-knot/)… it takes longer to tie than the FG knot, but I’ve heard that it can handle thicker braids better than the FG knot. Very easy to tie, will not slip, and strongest knot for fluoro to terminal tackle because the fluoro does not cut into itself (as often the case with a Palomar knot or improved clinch not). I remember something in one of the videos about the FG and fluoro. I placed hammer handles in the mono circle at 3 and 9 o’clock with the knots at 12 and 6 o’clock, then pulled the two handles apart until a knot broke. Just incase you wanna change, i’ll try not to notice any others if there is any. It may break with fish having sharp teeth. This knot works especially well if you were to use it for fly fishing. Here’s a link to the test if you want to see the details: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/fg-knot-vs-bimini-twist-knot-strength-test/. You guys are tops good luck. By the way, as a retired scientist I love your approach! And the FG knot to connect the fluoro to the braid. All other versions of it (without using a doubled line of the bimini) should not be trusted as being a super-strong knot. So if you want to save time while maximizing your line strength, this post is for you. Do you fish in areas with murky water and big tidal swings? It can be made with braided, monofilament (including heavy mono) and fluorocarbon lines. I sent four different snells to the IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida, where Adrian Gray and Jack Vitek tested the knots on the IGFA’s tensile-strength machine for snell knot strength. I personally do not use it because it can do more harm than good because the knots will constrict under pressure which can cause the glue to crack and the create sharp edges that can end up damaging the knot. What lines were you using when it came apart? There is a variation to a Uni called Fish-n-Fool knot. Strength: 96% | Monofilament to a Lure. You have certainly heard the saying, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link…” Well, a rod, reel, and an angler are only as strong as the knot between them and the fish. 1000 or 2500 reel and fishing mostly for trout up to 5 lbs and stripers maybe to 10 lbs? Difficult to learn. It starts as an Albright but it finishes with a locking half hitch which allows it to be tied with only a few wraps. There are many different types of lines which in many cases have completely different textures, sizes, and friction coefficients. As the diameter of the braid gets close to the diameter of the mono, the braid has a more difficult time digging in deep enough to ensure that it won’t slide off (especially if casted through the guides over and over again). GT knot is supposedly stronger than the FG and easier to tie, There are several different knots listed as the “GT Knot” floating around the internet, and the ones that are easy to tie are definitely not stronger than the FG knot. I’ll be testing the Trilene vs. the improved uni next chance I get… it’ll likely be a very close battle. It’s nice to see that it was above 10 lbs, but the FG knot broke at an avg. Of course when you snell a hook you need to have both ends of the line available. It helps in adjusting the distance between the two hooks. That knot will surely have a very good hold. 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. Begin wrapping the tag end around the hook shank and the line working from the point to the eye. Many anglers like to double the braid by forming a loop at the end of the braid and then tying a line-to-line knot to connect the doubled braid to the leader. I would also like to see how the different ways to tie the snell knot test. I’d like to see a section with tests on dropper knots whenever you have time. Thanks. Dec 6, 2020 - Explore Joe Boissoneau's board "Snell Knot" on Pinterest. Thanks for these knots, Im going to put some of these vids on my phone if that’s ok. Wow this is great information thanks for sharing this. I haven’t tested that one yet, but it’s undoubtedly not going to be stronger than the uni knot or the palomar because it doesn’t do a very good job at spreading the tension load evenly. There are an endless supply of fishing knots out there… the tough part is wading through the many choices to know which ones are best for which connections/lines. Thanks. Shin Fukae uses it. We considered that this was probably about right, in that the line weight was 20#. But then I watched this video where he tieing what he calls the “T Knot” for creating paternoster droppers; Could you please test the difference in these setups? I think 80% of all broken lines are because of abrasions in the line caused by either catching a fish or from dragging the line across all sorts of weeds, rocks and tree trunks for an hour. The tube knot is by far the best method of attaching deep-sea tuna circle hooks to heavy monofilament droppers. Hard to explain. Who reads about them when a video is s more explanatory. So I have been fishing with it twice now and have not had one come apart on me. You can also make the knot in the uni version (uni Snell knot) by utilizing the Uni knot. P.S. Seems like the Uni knot is the most popular knot for line that thick. Here is another interesting one I think would be worth testing. I look forward to seeing the Newport Knot. Specific techniques call for a snell’s secure hook connection. Am I wrong? Now that we’re past the first hurdle (acceptance), step #2 is to actually test our knots to make sure that you don’t lose the fish of a lifetime due using a knot that isn’t the absolute best for each connection in your line system. It was created by Joe Miller, Hi have you tired the knotless knot I use it a lot and it has never failed on me. If you’re using spinning tackle, then I highly recommend going down to an 8 or 10 lb braid so you can have MUCH better casting performance without losing any power (the FG knot will definitely work for those lines). I have not yet tested the various snell knots. It doesn’t magically tie knots for you, it simply makes it easier to feed a line through knot loops in a rocking boat. Do you have any suggestions that could be explored? Pretty much all of the links in this post go to a video about the knot (or knot contest) they reference. That said, it is my understanding that the Albright Special works will with dissimilar lines both in material and diameter and the Zeppelin Bend probably doesn’t. I have not yet tried the Double Dragon knot… this is actually the first time I have heard about it. It was the knot I learned first as a child and still use for 90% of my mono concoctions today. I trust it on weightless worms to pull in any bass. Try it! Google it! I have not yet tested the Miller knot, but I have tested similar knots with figure 8 stops and the uni knot type of stop seems to consistently test out better so I’m confident in saying that a uni knot finish after going through the hook eye twice will result in a stronger connection. But I enjoy a challenge and have a method using the shaft of the needle to flatten the braid before each ‘stitch’, so will have a go at splicing some light braid , I heard the GT knot beat all other braid to mono knots in testing by the IGFA. of braid mainline as backup. Then you're going to love this interview. Did you test this version? Do you want to know something that might shock you about fishing knots? 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. See more ideas about fishing knots, fishing hook knots, hook knot. The Snell Knot allows your line to be tied directly to your hook. I just saw your pics… looks like a great setup! Caught a 5.6lb bass on 6 lb line using this knot. Have you tested the San Diego Jam knot and Improved Clinch for use as snug knots in mono for terminal tackle? As a result, I’d like to see a discussion about the limits of such versatile knots and the situations which absolutely require knowing some of the less versatile, more specialized (and usually more-difficult-to-tie) knots. The nail knot splice for line to line (nail knot leader to main line and mainline to leader). FYI – I just did a test on the “GT Knot” from the most popular video showing how it’s tied, and it’s avg. Out performed the FG in pull test. I agree that a well tied above average knot will beat a poorly tied better knot. I started to a figure 8 loop knot. When tying a snell knot, consider which direction you wrap your leader around the hook shank. It comes in handy when trying to join the line to terminal tackle. I have also now tied it multiple times in the boat and a couple times with a good wind. What is the testing procedures for testing of knot impact load. What process did you use in your experiments? Good information. 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. And if you’d like a shortcut, this page shows the results from my testing below to help guide you to the best knots from my many tests done so far. Learn how to snell a hook. Pull that one snug, close to the other overhand knot, by pulling the tag end. I have no ties to this product, but I’m curious if you or others find it helpful when in a hurry out in a boat? That’s actually the first method I learned about 5 years ago and it def works. While chasing topwater yesterday I was telling my friend about the FG knot from your testing. on most reels. Thanks for any reply. You said that fg to Bimini consistently beat single line fg. I tied two pieces of #6 mono together. The San Diego Jam knot is a solid choice. ya, but why do you recommend that? Hey Luke I checked out your video on tying the knot using your pinky finger instead of your teeth. When tightening the knot, hold the turns under your fingers to ensure they snug down neatly. I learned this knot from Sport Fishing Magazine before there were online videos. Fish always drag your line against anything they come near, which abrades the line and creates weak spots. Have you done any testing of it? The real advantage to the Snell Knot is the cushioning it provides to the leader when pulling hard on a fish. Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join: Save 30% And Put An End To Your Monthly Charges. Create memories that matter through fishing, Email: fish@saltstrong.comToll-free: (855)888-6494130 W. Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL 33880. Is one way better than another? What about the double palomar knot “snug” with mono? You can tie it perfectly with the aid of a straw, pipe or wire held parallel to the shank of the hook. Also to tie a knotless loop on the end of any weight of braid for purposes of a loop to loop connection to a fluoro leader. Either way, it’ll definitely fall short of the FG knot because the FG spreads the tension load more evenly. Luke: Have you ever tested the Tactical Angler Power Clips vs. the non-slip loop knot? This is simply due to the fact the contorting line and creating hard turns that get put under tension will always create a weak point in the line making it the weakest point in the system (assuming that the main line is not compromised). Thank you Luke. Your email address will not be published. The results of these knot strength tests might surprise you! Did u try GT knot for braid to florocarbon? Con: Requires a very strong cinch before cutting the tags so that it fully locks into place. I was wondering if you have tested different ways to tie the FG knot to see if they are all just as strong? 1. For a loop knot did you test the Double Dragon? Especially so for braid. https://ww, Saw somthing you guys could produce and sell it was a coffee cup with nautical knots we need one with fishing knots. The snell positions the hook for a good hook set. 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 for making time to leave the suggestion! 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. This is the missing link that most anglers overlook because it requires time and effort. The snell knot is the strongest of all saltwater fishing hook knots. you talk about the nail knot needing a tool but this is the one that people call the nail knot in st pete https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QufTialXjtw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57JgC8S5dAc Could you do a test with this one. I didn’t see the J-knot for braid to mono/flouro. What say you? Onother knot similar to a Hangman is a San Diego Jam. Plus, the drag should ensure that the line won’t break while fighting a fish when it’s making a run. We’ll be sure to test out the trilene knot as soon as we get some open time. I recommend the lighter braid mainline relative to the leader because the lighter mainline enables better casting performance and feel of strikes while the stronger leader protects the business end of the line assembly which what is most likely to get rubbed across underwater structure and/or the teeth of fish. I tied a dozen knots of each type using 8 pound test Berkley Trilene XL line on 3 different hooks: #10 Eagle claw bait holder snell eye #4 Mustad Demon circle 1X fine wire straight eye #2 Eagle claw shiner snell eye Pro: Thinnest knot I’ve ever seen while also having the highest breaking strength. Hi guys…I need advice. Required fields are marked *. Since the splice knot will usually be the weakest point, I want to avoid the splice altogether when possible and this combination means that the splice does not come off the reel most of the time. I have never broken a splice, but have not scientifically tested one either Regards Barry. If you’re a beginner to fishing and fishing knots, a snell knot is one of the most basic and widely used fishing knots that you need to learn. Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club. Can you please describe what a “mono backbone” is? It seems that those are the most common knots tied by Southern California saltwater fishermen. 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