Use the Albright Knot to join Lines of Different Diameters

The Albright Knot is a fishing knot developed specifically for joining two lines of different diameters without having to use a swivel or any other hardware at the connection.

If you were to use a swivel here then you'd use a Uni-Knot at the mono side and a Haywire Twist at the single strand wire side, an altogether bulkier arrangement.

With a short wire leader the disturbance of this additional bulk may well be enough to alarm the fish, particularly in clear water.

Probably best known for joining nylon monofilament or fluorocarbon line to a single strand wire leader, but also great a great saltwater fishing knot for connecting one of the very thin spectra or dyneema braid lines to a thicker nylon monofilament or fluorocarbon leader.

Once snugged up neat and tight it's a small knot which won't catch on the line guides on the cast.


Here's how to tie the Albright Knot

How to tie the Albright Knot, Stage 1

Stage 1

First, double back the end of the single strand wire leader and thread the mono through the eye produced.

How to tie the Albright Knot, Stage 2

Stage 2

Next, start whipping back the mono over itself and the leader.

How to tie the Albright Knot, Stage 3

Stage 3

Then, make about ten turns before tucking the tag end of the mono through the loop such that it emerges on the same side as it entered.

How to tie the Albright Knot, Stage 4

Stage 4

Finally, lubricate with saliva before smoothly pulling the knot up tight.

Trim both ends, and that's it - you've done it!

Artwork by Andrew Simpson

The Little Red Fishing Knot Book by Harry Nilsson

The Little Red Fishing Knot Book by Harry Nilsson

Without strong knot tying all your expensive fly fishing gear and fishing efforts are futile. The Little Red Knot Book, is an illustrated pocket guide book that includes all the knots you need to know. This 72 page book contains instructions and diagrams on how to tie over 50 of the best fishing knots known to man.




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