Palomar loop / knot – celebrated for its strength and reliability mostly with braided lines, however some experts, with care use the ‘Palomar’ knot monofilament lines, very successfully. The ‘Palomar Knot’ is simple, and foolproof and some boast they can tie it in the dark!
1.- Form a loop.
2.- Insert the loop you just made through the eye of your hook.
3.- Move that loop over the the line to make a simple overhand knot.
4.- Pass the loop through the middle of your just formed knot.
5.- Pass the loop through the middle of that knot.
6.- Now, move your new loop through the knot.
7.- Move the loop over the hook. This is the second time you passed a loop over your hook.
8.- Continue to move the loop down over the hook.
8.- Insert the loop through the knot, after it has been moved over the hook and then through the ‘middle’ of the knot.
9.- That second loop now needs to be wound through and around the knot.
10.- Pull the loop and tighten – loosely.
11.- The knot is now complete, but still loose. Finally, moisten the knot with water or saliva and continue to pull it really tight.
12.- After tightening, trim the tag but leave about ⅛ of an inch or 3.175 cm.
13.- Tighten and and finally trim your tag.
Uses: The Palomar Knot is a simple knot for attaching a line to a hook, or a fly to a leader or tippet. It is regarded as one of the strongest and most reliable fishing knots.
The easiest, fastest and most reliable way to tie
Over the last 20 years fishing lines have evolved from silk, nylon, cotton, linen and dacron, to cutting edge Fluorocarbon, Monofilament, plus braids that are strong and remarkably thin for their ‘test’, from 4 lb. to 200 lb. (2 grams – 90 grams).
Braided Fishing Line VS Monofilament
Braids were originally made from natural fibers such as cotton and linen, but natural fiber braids, with the very rare exception of braided silk, have long since been replaced by braid composed of man made fibers like “Dacron” “Nylon”, “Spectra” or “Micro-Dyneema”.
Braids don’t perceptively stretch, a big advantage for flatfish anglers who need to control their prey after a hit. Disadvantage – braids are not translucent in the water, are ‘visible’ to fish and anglers need to compensate, by attaching ‘fluorocarbon’, ‘monofilament’ leaders to their ‘braided’ lines.
Modern braided fishing line is manufactured from a combination of man-made fibers joined together during production to form a strong line and svelt end product. For this reason modern braided lines are hard to break and are resistant to abrasions that frequently cause ‘fluorocarbon’ / ‘monofilament’ fishing lines to snap. In addition your reel will be able to accommodate more line, because modern braided fishing lines are thinner than the equivalent ‘test’ made in even in the recent past.
Set The Drag
Captain Chris Meyers of “Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters”.
“The purpose of the drag is to prevent big fish from breaking your line.
So, as needed you loosen or tighten your drag.”
This is a really good knot called the “Double Albright Knot”. It will not pull out when you join monofilament leader to braided line.