I have been fishing for many years and will now test surf casting. I have come up to a problem. With what knot shall I attach the leader to my fire line? I have tested all knotts that I know with bad result. It I use a 12.8 kg fire line I do not get a higher knot strenth then 4 kg!! If I tie the line into a swivel the strength is 8-10 kg! The best knot so far is albright. Any suggestions?
Know I have scanned the Internet on knots for attaching nylon to fire line. On many places they say that the Bristol knot is the best in combination with Bimini Twist. According to my tests there is no need to use a Bimini Twist. The fire line will break easier then the nylon. The best knot I have tested yet is the Yocatan knot. Just remember to wrap the braid at least 15 times around the nylon. With this knot I get a strength around 7.5-9 kg on a 12.8 kg fire line. With the Bristol knot I never exceed 4 kg with the same fire line…..
I agree, there is no need to do the Bimini Twist with the bristol knot.
My 14lb fireline breaks at higher then 8kg (18lb) when I tie it with a bristol knot to 20lb nylon. Fireline typically breaks well above the rated ‘strength’ to compensate for the poor knot strength. Often unknoted fireline breaks at 2-3x what the package claims.
I have tested several types of Fire line but with the same result. It brakes on a much lower rate then they say on the package but only when I tie it together with nylon!! I have tried to pull the knot hard or loose but it doesn’t matter. Bristol knot or Albrite has the same braking strength one 1/3 of the claimed strength? If you don’t believe me test it yourself with a scale! Each knot I have tested I have done at least 5 knots to make sure I don’t tie it wrong.
Don’t mean to hijack the thread but thought that this question is similar. When top loading braid to nylon backing do you use the same knots as the braid to leader attachment? e.g. bimini twist to Yucatan to join the nylon to the braid?