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While braided line has many advantages, it doesn't stretch much, if at all, and has a slick texture. The lack of stretch and slick texture can make tying fishing knots with braided line more challenging because some of the common fishing knots tend to slip out if they are tied with braid.

Some anglers prefer to use braided fishing line, and tie braided line knots, when fishing in deep water during the winter months because braid can help set the hook more firmly. However, braided line is more visible, so it's not the best choice for fishing in clear, shallow water.


When you use the best fishing knots for braided line, you are much less likely to see your knots slip and more likely to increase your catch rates. Some knots for braided fishing line are most often used for connecting your fishing line to your leader, and others are used for connecting your line or leader to your hook or fishing lure. When freshwater fishing in areas where there is heavy vegetation, for example, many bass anglers will tie braided fishing line directly to the hook or lure so that it's easier to pull through the weeds.




In addition to knowing which are the best braided fishing line knots to use for connecting line to leader or line to lure or a hook, you may want to consider these helpful tips when tying knots with braided line.

  • Run the braided line through the eye of the hook or lure twice if possible.
  • Moisten your knots before tightening them up to help reduce friction and slipping.
  • Use gloves or soft-jawed pliers when tying and tightening braided fishing line knots so that the line doesn't cut into your skin.

Now that you know about some of the best fishing knots for braided line, you can learn how to tie a fishing knot that will maintain at least 90 percent of the original line strength when tied correctly.


Braid or not to braid
Choosing the right line braid or mono to put on your reel is a crucial decision these days. Mono is much easier to tie knots with and easier to cut. A few tried-and-true knots are all you need to know to tie terminal tackle and leader to line knots with mono.
Not so with braid, it’s hard to cut, and tying line to line knots becomes a lesson in angling knowledge and expertise. Special knots are required to hold the much thinner diameter braid to mono leaders but its main advantages is its thinner diameter, you can pack much more line on your reel. This enables us to use much heavier test line than they would normally use, which gives them a chance at landing some of those bigger specimens.
The thinner diameter also has an advantage when casting. You can outcast mono by a considerable distance. This goes a long way when it comes to spooking wary fish or spooky fish. Overall, both lines have their uses. Many anglers might be loyal to one, but there is a growing legion who use both as both will work better on certain methods or situations.
In addition to its excellent strength, flexibility and abrasion resistance, its lack of stretch gives it a solid hook set and it makes it very sensitive to fish bites, which is particularly useful for deep sea fishing and for fish with a gentle bite.
One drawback of braided lines is that they are highly visible in the water, and thus visible to fish. Hence, it is common to attach a monofilament or fluorocarbon line to the end of the braided fishing line to serve as a leader and to reduce the high visibility of the braided fishing line.

When cutting braided line to tie new lures, it's best to use a sharp pair of scissors rather than a nail clipper. The clipper will leave frayed ends because of the multi-stranded braided line. A clean cut is possible with sharp scissors.

Due to their flexibility, lack of stretch and most important, slippery surface, braided lines are hard to knot properly. There are several knots that can be used with braided lines: Palomar knot , Berkley Braid Knot, San Diego Jam Knot, Trilene knotAlbright knot etc. It is very important to tie the knots very carefully.

Braided lines, particularly the newer synthetics, can be successfully used on any type of fishing reel, but are perhaps most well known as excellent lines for bait casting reels, in particular for trolling where they remain especially popular among many fishermen.


The Berkley braid knot is a good choice for tying braided lines to hooks, lures and leaders. It was developed in the Berkley lab to retain good knot strength and stops braided lines from slipping out of the knot.


  1. Run a double loop of braid through the hook eye or lure
  2. Loop around tag end main line 8 times
  3. Thread double loop back between the eye and coils
  4. Tighten knot and trim double loop and tag end of braided line leaving about 1/4 inch