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Knots to Join Lines
Albright, Blood and Surgeon's Knots


Albright Knot

The Albright Knot is primarily used for joining monofilament lines of unequal diameters, such as your main line to a shock leader. It is not an easy knot to tie but a good tight Albright is small and won't catch on the rod guides during a cast.


1. Bend a loop in the tag end of the heavier monofilament and hold between thumb and forefinger of left hand. Insert the tag end of the lighter monofilament through loop from the top. Pull the standing part of the heavy mono and the standing part of the light mono.

2. Slip tag end of lighter monofilament under your left thumb and pinch it tightly against the heavier strands of the loop. Wrap the first turn of the lighter monofilament over itself and continue wrapping toward the round end of the loop. Take at least 10 turns with the lighter monofilament around all three strands

3. Insert tag end of the lighter monofilament through end of the loop from the bottom. It must enter and leave the loop on the same side.

4. With the thumb and forefinger of the left hand, slide the coils of the lighter monofilament toward the end of the loop, stop 1/8" from end of loop. Using pliers, pull the tag end of the lighter mono tight to keep the coils from the slipping off the loop.

5. With your left hand still holding the heavier mono, pull on the standing part of the lighter mono. Pull the tag end of the lighter mono and the standing part a second time.

6. Trim both tag ends.
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Blood Knot

Commonly used to join two lines of about the same diameter. A good alternative to the Albright knot but not as good as a Surgeon's knot.


1. Take the two lines' ends and tie a simple overhand knot (which will be clipped off later). Then tighten to combine the two lines into one.

2. Form a loop where the two lines meet, with the overhand knot in the loop. Pull one side of the loop down and begin taking turns with it around the standing line. Keep point where turns are made open so turns gather equally on each side.

3. After eight to ten turns, reach through center opening and pull remaining loop (and overhand knot) through. Keep finger in this loop so it will not spring back. Hold loop with teeth and pull both ends of line, making turns gather on either side of loop.

4. Set knot by pulling lines tightly as possible. Tightening coils will make loop stand out perpendicular to line. Then clip off the loop and overhand knot close to the newly formed knot.

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Surgeon's Knot

This is the knot surgeons use to put you back together so its a safe bet it is a good one. If you tie it good and tight it is an excellent knot for joining your main line to your shock leader. With practice you should be able to tie it in the dark.


1. Lay line and leader parallel, overlapping 6" to 8".

2.Treating the two like a single line, tie an overhand knot, pulling the entire leader through the loop.

3. Leaving the loop of the overhand open, pull both tag end of line and leader through again.

4. Hold both lines and both ends to pull knot tight. Clip ends close to avoid foul-up in rod guides.

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Albright - Blood - Crawford - Dropper Loop - Homer Rhode Loop - Palomar
Perfection Loop - Snell - Spider Hitch - Surgeon's - Trilene® - UniKnot
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