Knots, Lines, Braids, Fluorocarbons & Monofilaments

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!
A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!

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.

Palomar Knot Step 1
Palomar Knot Step 1

2.- Insert the loop you just made through the eye of your hook.

Palomar Knot Step 2
Palomar Knot Step 2


3.- Move that loop over the the line to make a simple overhand knot.

Palomar Knot Step 3
Palomar Knot Step 3

4.- Pass the loop through the middle of your just formed knot.

Palomar Knot Step 4
Palomar Knot Step 4

5.- Pass the loop through the middle of that knot.

Palomar Knot Step 5
Palomar Knot Step 5

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.

Palomar Knot Step 7
Palomar Knot Step 7

8.- Continue to move the loop down over the hook.

Palomar Knot Step 8
Palomar Knot Step 8

8.- Insert the loop through the knot, after it has been moved over the hook and then through the ‘middle’ of the knot.

Palomar Knot Step 9
Palomar Knot Step 9

9.-  That second loop now needs to be wound through and around the knot.

Palomar Knot Step 10
Palomar Knot Step 10

10.- Pull the loop and tighten – loosely.

Palomar Knot Step 11
Palomar Knot Step 11

11.- The knot is now complete, but still loose. Finally, moisten the knot with water or saliva and continue to pull it really tight.

Palomar Knot Step 12
Palomar Knot Step 12

12.- After tightening, trim the tag but leave about ⅛ of an inch or 3.175 cm.



Palomar Knot Step 13
Palomar Knot Step 13 { Completed }

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.



Hook’em at your table, in Japan.


The easiest, fastest and most reliable way to tie

monofilament fishing knot

Hook & Monofilament Line
1.- Hook & Monofilament Line.
monofilament line step 2
2.- Insert your line into the eye of the hook.
monofilament line step 3
3.- Pull about 6 in. or 15 cm of line through the hook.
monofilament line step 4
4.- Twist about 4 in. or 10 cm of monofilament line together.
monofilament line step 5
5. Both lines are now wound together.
monofilament line step 6
6.- Insert your tag end into the loop you just created.
monofilament line step 7
7. Pull ‘semi’ tight.
monofilament line step 8
8.- Moisten your ‘pretty tight’ knot with water or saliva.
monofilament line step 9
9.- Pull tight.
monofilament line step 10
10.- Snip off ‘most’ of the tag end, but leave a little, just in case minute slippage happens.
monofilament line step 11
11.- This Secure Finished Knot Won’t Pull Out!



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

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.”

How To Join Braided Line To Monofilament or Fluroucarbon Line With A Tiny Knot.

braided line with fluorocarbon leader
Attach a ‘braided line’ and a ‘fluorocarbon leader’. 

This is a really good knot called the “Double Albright Knot”. It will not pull out when you join monofilament leader to braided line.

step 1
1.- Start by making a loop at the end of your leader, about 4 inches / 10.16 cm. to make a loop.
step 2
2.- Do the same thing with your braided line and then X cross X your looped braided line over your looped monofilament line.
step 3
3.- ‘Monofilament loop’ (12 15 times) around your ‘braided loop’. Begin about ¼” above the cut end and proceed tward the loop fold.
4.- To lock – feed the remainder of the monofilament loop you just twisted ‘around’ the braided loop, into the braided loop. Lubricate plus a ‘little’ water or saliva and simply pull slowly and evenly to tighten the lines.
step 5
5.- Pull test. To make sure there is no slippage.
step 6
6.- Scissor to trim your braided line.
step 8
8.- A drop of “Duco Cement” or “Crazy Glue prevents fraying”


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