How to Connect Braided Fishing Line to Wire Trolling Line

How to Connect Braided Fishing Line to Wire Trolling Line
Wire trolling line is used in both fresh and saltwater fishing situations for a variety of game fish species. Wire line is typically more durable, and the added weight helps get lures down in the water deeper and faster. Many times anglers will use a braided main line with the trolling line as a backing. The connection point between the wire and braided line is crucial as this can be the weakest part of your fishing setup. Using the right knot and tying it correctly will help prevent breakoffs and losing the big one.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Braided fishing line
  • Wire trolling line
  • Sharp scissors
  • Small wire snips
Step 1
Connect the wire trolling line to braided fishing line with an Albright knot. Tie the knot by forming a loop in the wire trolling line 4 to 6 inches from the free end of the line. Hold the free end along side the main line to form a double line with the loop at the end.
Step 2
Feed the braided line through the loop. Pull 4 to 5 inches of the braided line through the wire line loop. Hold the braided line along side the double wire trolling line about 2 inches below the loop.
Step 3
Wrap the braided line around all three lines, the braided and doubled wire trolling line, 10 times. Begin forming the wraps just above where all three lines are being held in place and work toward the loop.
Step 4
Feed the free end of the braided line back through the wire trolling line loop the same way it originally passed through. Slowly pull the knot down tight so that the wraps of the braid line lock securely against the wire trolling line loop.
Step 5
Trim the free ends of the wire and braided lines. Use sharp scissors to trim the braided line to within 1/8 inch of the knot. Use a small pair of wire snips, if necessary, to trim the wire trolling line to within 1/8 inch of the knot.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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