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Uni knot for joining two lines. Step by Step


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With the advancement of braids and superlines it has become a common practice to use mono backing as a filler and also as a grip to keep the superlines from slipping.

I've always used the Albright knot, however, from the sounds of it, one knot seems to have jumped out ahead of the pack as far as strength goes. This knot is the uni-knot.

The following diagrams are a step by step tutorial on how to tie this knot. To join two lines together, make a loop with one line and subsitute that for the hook eye in the pictures and then tie another uni knot with that loop you formed after tying the first

knot. So basically it is a back to back uni.

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This was the best advice Dtro (or any other) has given me on this forum/site. I never used a mono backer before and problems with dry braid spin on my reel (where the braid on my spool just spins and drag can not be controlled) was a downer from years past.

When I asked a year ago, Dtro directed me to this thought grin.gif:

The best way to connect PowerPro to monofilament of similar diameter.

1) Pass the PowerPro and monofilament at least 12 to 18" past each other so that loops can be formed. For a stronger knot, double the PowerPro.

2-3) Starting with the PowerPro, make 6 to 8 wraps through the loop and pull to tighten. Do the same with the mono except 4 or 5 wraps are enough. Pull on the tag end. Look to see that the wraps don't cross over each other.

4-5) Pull on the standing lines to jam the knots together. Trim.


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Darren or anybody know how the knot strength of the Uni compares to the Blood, Palomar, Trilene, or Arbor knot by any chance? I had a friend tell me this Uni knot is the knot to use for everything from connecting lines to snelling hooks to tying to reels to threading hooks.

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Actually what brought me to post this was the musky guys talking about it.

Hanson mentioned some testing on a fishing show. Maybe he can share that info here.

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I can't speak for knots connecting two lines, but I have to think that to connect braid to backing, the knot is not too critical. I would be amazed if a fish ever got into my backing barring me losing a bunch of braid to a snag.

I did some testing two years ago as far as the line to hook/swivel connection. With 80lb Power Pro, I did not test a single knot that was stronger than a Palomar knot. I know that the insert in the Power Pro package says that a Uni knot is stronger, but I tried it many times and I could not get a Uni knot to come close to the strength of a Palomar.

Take it for what it's worth, but I always use the Palomar on Power Pro. With mono, I like the Uni. And I use the back-to-back Uni for joining Power Pro to my backing.

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The packaging for power pro comes with some pointers on knots that work for braided line. I think the uni knot is stronger than the palomer but some kind of albright is stronger than the back to back uni, not quite sure. Back to back uni is easy to tie though. They recommend doubling the line and passing it through the eye twice and if you do both you get a big ol' knot. As a side note, Fireline will also slip around the reel without mono backing or putting some tape on the reel to bite into.

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