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Albright Knot

Created for tarpon fishing back in the 1950s by Jimmy Albright, a well-known Florida Keys guide, the Albright Knot is a good choice to add a large-diameter, heavy-pound-test monofilament or fluorocarbon leader to much lighter monofilament fishing line, such as a 60-pound leader to 12- or 20-pound line. It’s also a popular connection to join single-strand wire leader to mono as a bite leader. Many wire-line trollers use the Albright to join a mono leader to Monel wire trolling line, and the braided Dacron backing. It’s not a good connection when joining mono to gelspun because the super-braid will slip.

The number of wraps required around the doubled-over wire or heavy mono varies with the pound-test of the main fishing line. Take 12 wraps with lines of 12- to 20-pound-test, six to ten wraps if the main fishing line is 30-pound-test or above. Twelve wraps with wire line makes a more durable knot to pass repeatedly through rod guides. Light tackle anglers often double the light mono with a 24-inch Bimini Twist or Spider Hitch for maximum knot strength. With wire leaders, simply fold the wire to form a loop; with wire trolling line, form the loop with a Haywire twist. Carefully pinch the loop to a pointed shape with pliers before making the mono wraps.

NOTE: For illustration purposes, 80-pound-test Cortland Dacron was used for the photos taken by Linda Barrett. The black line represents the mono or wire leader, yellow the monofilament running line.

Step 1

Form a loop in the wire or heavy mono then pass the tag end of the main fishing line through the loop.

Step 2

Lay the tag end behind the wire or mono loop.

Step 3

Make tight wraps down toward the bend of the loop.

Step 4

Pass the tag end through the loop in the same direction that it first came out of the loop.

Step 5

Pull equally on all four legs of the loop and the main fishing line. Use your fingers to help push the wraps toward the end of the loop.

Step 6

Cut off the tag ends and go fishing. Note: The loop in wire trolling line is formed with a Haywire Twist.

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