5 steps to Tying Braid to Fluorocarbon

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Are you having problem tying braid to fluorocarbon? if this is your first time doing this, you might find it a bit difficult to achieve especially when you cast in the water as the braid always cuts through and loose up where the fluorocarbon joins the braid. In this short article i will show you five steps to tying braid to fluorocarbon for a successful fishing.

As you know there are dozen ways to skin a cat so also there are lots of ways to tie braid to fluorocarbon. The braided line comes in thin diameter and it slips more than the fluorocarbon. This is why professional anglers will use electrical tape to tie the braided line onto the spools. If it’s not done this way the likelihood of it spinning round and not gripping the pool is high.

Getting started with Fluorocarbon leader

Why the braided line is used with a fluorocarbon leader is simply to reduce the chances of the fish noticing the line and running away from the lure. If you are fishing in unclear water, the fluorocarbon leader is recommended because the leader can improve on the numbers of strike because it’s a bit difficult to see underwater than using the braided line.

If you are going inshore to fish for saltwater fish like snook or redfish, you can start off using the braid to fluorocarbon knot which is simple to tie if you know how to tie it correctly.

Here are five easy steps to tie braid to fluorocarbon

Step 1

Spin together the braid and fluorocarbon lines that you want to join. The best way to do this correctly is to space the overlapping line by 6 inches on each side so its convenient to make lots of wraps.

Step 2

Loop the tag end of the line from the left to about four – eight wraps around the lines and run the tag end through the loop that you spin together.

Step 3

Do step 2 to the tag end on the right but this time decreasing the wraps from eight to four.

Step 4

You have made two uni-knots and from here if you want the two knots to side up against each other, you will have to pull the standing line in different direction. You also need to wet the knots before tightening to prevent line damage caused by friction.

Step 5

Fit both tag ends to close up the knot, this way you have successfully tied a uni-to-uni knot or a double-uni knot.

Braided vs fluorocarbon line

There are different reasons why anglers prefer to use braided vs. fluorocarbon and one of such is that braided lines are more durable and cast better. It also has a greater feel when there is a strike on the line than the fluorocarbon. These two characteristics (high sensitivity and durability) that the braided lines have make it a favorite choice for many anglers when using a plastic worm as fishing bait.

The fluorocarbon leader is more preferable in situation where the angler is fishing in unclear water. This way, the fish will not see the line and therefore will strike the bait.

In summary, to achieve a good braid to fluorocarbon knot, its essential to double the braid so it forms a strong knot. This way you don’t need to worry about your braid breaking up where it joins the fluorocarbon

Here is a video showing how to tie braid to fluorocarbon leader


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