How to Tie a Braided Fishing Line

How to Tie a Braided Fishing Line
For a fisherman, one of the most frustrating aspects of the sport is line breakage. Especially in regard to monofilament and fluorocarbon fishing lines, line breaks are unfortunately part of the challenge. One of the primary causes of line breaks is abrasion and wear. However, many people make the switch to braided fishing lines, which are constructed from strands of high tensile fibers and are tightly wound together to create an extremely strong and durable line. Braided lines are very strong in relationship to their diameter; however, they do pose some challenges when tying knots. One of the best knots especially for attaching hooks and other terminal tackle is the Palomar knot.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Braided fishing line Fish hook or other type of lure
  • Braided fishing line
  • Fish hook or other type of lure
Step 1
First, form a loop at the tag or free end of the line so that around four inches of the line is doubled back along side the main line.
Step 2
Feed the braided line loop through the eye of the hook or lure so that about half to three-quarters of the doubled line extends beyond the eye of the hook.
Step 3
Form an overhand knot using the loop and the main line. Pull the loop back and wrap around the main line one time to form the loop. If you do this correctly, the hook or lure will be suspended from the bottom of the overhand loop.
Step 4
Pull the loop down and over the end of the hook or lure. Make sure that the tag or free end of the line does not pull through the overhand loop you just formed.
Step 5
Slowly pull the knot tight. Make small adjustments to the overhand knot as well as the loop to ensure the knot forms properly above the eye of the hook or lure. Pull down tightly to secure the knot.

Tips & Warnings

Keep in mind that braided lines will typically have a high degree of friction, which can make knot tying a little more difficult than when working with monofilament lines. Take your time and slowly adjust the knot as you go.
Braided lines are extremely strong and do not break or cut easily, which is makes them so attractive to many fishermen. Use caution as these lines may produce cuts or abrasions when stretched tight.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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