How to Tie a fishing knot with Monofilament Fishing Line
Tying a fishing knot, and learning how to tie a knot, with monofilament and braided fishing line, is invaluable information for every fisherman. Tying a good fishing knot is the strongest link between you and the Fish. A rushed or poorly tied fishing knot will always fail. You should always tie your fishing knot carefully with fresh line. Monofilament and super braid lines have different knots and each works better in different applications too. Monofilament can always be tied using a clinch know or an improved clinch. The number of twists used vary with fishing line thickness, but on average, 4-6 twists can always be used.
Braided Line. Braided line is such an incredible innovation and has changed the way many of us fish. Braided fishing line is thinner, and in many cases 4 xs as strong as the same diameter of monofilament. There are a whole different set of knows used for braid and many don’t cross over from monofilament. For instance, braided line doesn't work as effectively using clinch knots because the line will pull through the knot. The best knot to use with braid is a polymer knot or Berkley knot. You can learn how to tie a knot using braided line on the back of packaging. I used to try all the knots on the back of every pack of line I’ve ever bought and narrowed it down to just a few. Another important fishing knot to learn is one that joins two lines together. Joining two lines together is very important and the strongest and most effective fishing knot this is the albright or reverse albright knot- I use this knot exclusively. This know can be practiced using the guide found with any kind of powerpro fishing line. Now, after all that, we don’t recommend using any braid at Blue Mesa Reservoir. The water is very clear and the fish can see very well. Avoid using braid at all costs when fishing for salmon and lake trout.
Monofilament on the other hand is the best line to use on Blue Mesa. We prefer 6-10lb for kokanee and 12-15 for lake trout. You can always go lighter and this will increase your catch rate and increase your numbers. But it may also increase your loss rate. Regardless, tying a good know using monofilament is crucial. A classic clinch knot with 6-8 twists, then following back through for to lock the knot is very effective. You can also use a polymer knot which doubles the strength of the fishing knot at the eyelet. A monofilament knot should always be retied if the fishing line feels chaffed or thinned after a long fight with a fish or after a bad snag up. The longer you wait to re-tie, the sooner your knot will break. The basics have worked for a long time so don’t over read into fishing knots. Just be sure to always tie a fresh fishing knot after every few fish, or after a hard snag. Also, never tie to the area in between a split ring on a lure. This area will be sure to chafe you line or slide out during a big fish battle.
Here is a basic video on how to tie a knot, an improved clinch knot, a polymar knot and a reverse albright knot with monfilament fishing line.