If you need to join two different types of line or two lines of different diameters, the Albright knot is considered by many to be one of the best saltwater fishing knots you can use.
The Albright is a good knot to use when tying leader to line because it's a strong braid to fluorocarbon knot. When you're learning how to tie fishing knots, like the Albright, pay close attention to each step.
Follow these seven steps to learn how to tie an Albright knot:
- Form a loop in the fluorocarbon leader and bend the end of the fluorocarbon loop slightly outward. Feed the tag end of the braid down through the loop.
- Hold the fluorocarbon loop together while bringing the tag end of the braid back over the loop.
- Make ten to twelve wraps from left to right with the braid, wrapping around all three strands and taking care to place the wraps tightly and neatly next to each other. Feed the tag out of the fluorocarbon loop in the same direction that it entered it in.
- Slowly pull on the loop to tighten it while sliding the wraps toward the loop's end. Tighten the loop by pulling on both the standing line and tag of the thinner line, making sure that the wraps do not go past the end of the loop.
- After moving the coils to the end, pull the small tag to keep the coils in place. Pull on the small standing part, and then pull on the tag end again.
- As an optional step, you can further lock the Albright knot (braid to fluorocarbon), instead of trimming the tag end, you can form a three-turn half hitch and tighten it by pulling in the direction of the loop.
- Test the knot and trim the tags.
From there, it's just a matter of tying the Albright knot (braid to fluorocarbon) a few times so that you can tie it quickly on the water.
One tip to remember is that it's helpful to practice your fishing knots at home a few times before tying them on a fishing trip. You'll often be in a hurry to tie your knots while fishing, so it's best to learn how to tie them confidently at home first.
After using this knot on the water, you'll have to make your own judgment as to whether or not you feel it's the best saltwater fishing knot for connecting two lines of different diameter.