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What’s The Best Fishing Knot? | Bass Fishing

August 16, 2019


I’ve been using fluorocarbon since it got
popular, before it got popular. I was one of probably the first guys who used it in
the US. I forget how long ago it was, over ten years ago. I tied Palomars back then,
and they used to pop it off a lot. I had some Japanese friends on tour and stuff, in Kota,
and some of the guys that fish, they know a lot of technical stuff, and probably from
Japan. And to make a long story short, I get a lot
of Japanese catalogs and magazines, and there’s a lot guys back east that still use the Palomar.
VanDam’s one of them. He’s one of the biggest guys that still use the Palomar on fluorocarbon.
Four or five times I’ve taken his baits and snapped them off just to show him, throughout
the year, since I know him well. I would take his crankbait and just pop it. And then I’ll
tie my knot on. And it’s heavy line, you feel it, it’s like 16 or something, and I’ll just
pop it off. And I’ll tie mine on and actually kind of do the same thing and it doesn’t break,
and I’ll do it four or five times, and then I’ll give it to him. And he still does it,
he still does the Palomar. I’ve never seen a Palomar knot in a Japanese
brochure or magazine ever. They don’t even talk about it. They have all these knots.
They’ll have a whole page of knots, like, eight, ten different knots, how to do them.
Even two pages, I’ve never seen them illustrate a Palomar. That’s how against it they are.
But, you’re losing 10 percent to 20 percent of knot strength, and I can show you guys. I’ll be here as long as you guy want, I don’t
have to fly out till tomorrow. But, I’ll show you some knots I got. The one thing I can
tell you, there’s a lot of good knots, and slips. They don’t really . . . they’re actually
specified as slips, like nooses, like a hangman’s noose is basically what it is. On fluorocarbon,
anything that kind of cinches down and doesn’t bind is a good way to connect your bait to
fluorocarbon. There’s not really that many knots. There’s
only a Palomar. The rest of them are actually slips. There’s a Trilene, there’s a San Diego,
Improved Clinch. They’re all kind of similar. There’s some easy ones I can show you that
I used to tie that are really good. They’re way better than a Palomar, but they’re less
consistent and I’m all about consistency. And I don’t want to risk having an overlap
somewhere and snap off a big fish. Because I do pull so hard, I need a perfect knot. So the one I use is a Uni. I double the line,
make a big loop, and then I tie it, which I can show you later. One of the things I
can tell you is on those slips is you’ve got to do a lot of wraps. So, a minimum, to me,
I think is about six. Six wraps. And if you use two pounds, or three pounds for trout,
which I do sometimes, I use eight wraps. Because it’s literally almost a hundred percent, up
in the high 90’s, 98%, 99% knot strength. The same thing with braid. Braided line, I
use anywhere from ten to fourteen wraps. The lighter I go, the more wraps I do. The fluorocarbon,
now, you’ll notice, I always fish on the heavier lines. They’ll be a little big, but it’s never
affected the way they hit it, and it’s so strong that that’s all I use. I do connect
the fluorocarbon to the braid with the same knot. I just do two of them, so. I can show
you some of that stuff later. Hi, I’m Aaron Martins here with Limit Out
Marine in Washington. I’m going to show my knot that I use. It’s an old saltwater knot.
It’s called a uni. You can call them Razo knot. Razo takes a little bit of credit for
it, but I think a lot of salt water guys always double their knots. Basically it’s a uni knot
doubled, with the line doubled. It makes you able to do it on the drop shot rig. If you
do it singly, you’ve got a long tie again, but if you double it, you have a short loop. Right here I have some high-colored high-vis
braided line and a really big hook so you can see good. Probably right in this area
is good for you. Pretend this is my main line here. It’s main longer. Take it and double
it up. What I do is when I take that loop and double up with fluorocarbon or braid,
too. That works good with everything. I usually give it a little pinch. Obviously
this is big stuff and this is a big hook, but with the smaller lines I just give a pinch
so it’s easier to get in the eye of the hook. Once I do that, you’re going to slide it like
so. Give yourself enough line. That’s the most important thing you want to do is don’t
give yourself like that much because you’ll make it really hard on yourself. Give yourself,
especially starting out with this knot, give yourself a lot of material to work with. Here is your main line. The tag end’s right
here. All right, grab it like so. Usually by now I’ll grab my main line, my tag in,
which is a loop that came through. I made that loop. I’m going to grab this loop and
slide the hook up, holding this piece the tag in the main line. With my same hand…That’s
the hardest part about this knot you’re going to find is hand position. I take my right
hand and my pinkie and whatever finger this is called, and then hold it there. Hold it
tight. I’m not really holding the hook. The hook
I’m just holding wherever the eye is at. Then you take these two fingers on your right hand.
This is how I do it. You might have a better way. When I take it I kind of turn it downwards.
This just makes it easier to do your loops. What I’m going to do now is I’m holding it
with both hands. You’re going to have to watch this video over and over again. What I’m going to do is I’m going to wrap
up…My loop’s a little long but, if you’re following, and anywhere between six and seven
or eight wraps on fluorocarbon. This is only like five wraps but…Braided lines, lighter
stuff I use 12 wraps and the heavy stuff I use 10-11, or even 12 wraps. It’s really good
with braid. It’s really good with fluorocarbon. This is the strongest knot I’ve found so far. If there’s a better one out there, please
let me know, but this is the strongest knot I’ve found. It really is close to 100 percent
knot strength. You saw how I just cinched that tight, kind of pulled on the hook a little
bit, pulled on the main line and the loop a little bit at the same time. Once you cinch
it down like so, you want to make sure…See that little piece how it kind of made a loop?
You want to make sure you pull those at the same time. You can fix this knot. If you mess it up,
you can usually fix it. Now I’m pulling the tag end and the main line, and you just slide
it down. It’s actually not really called a knot. This is called a cinch. Once you get
to that point you cinch it down really tight and it makes a really nice tight knot. When
you’re done, you’re going to cut that loop and the tag end off, and that leaves you with
a nice tight uni. That’s it. Just practice makes perfect. Takes a long time to be efficient at it, but
once you are it’s actually as fast as a Palomar. I’ve tied it with one of the anglers back
East. Kevin Wiggins? Well I forgot his name, but he’s really good with a Palomar, and we
tied our knots together. Mine was the same time as his, and he ties a Palomar all the
time. Once you get efficient at it, it isn’t that much more time to tie it, and it’s a
lot stronger. Try it out.

18 Comments

  • Reply HuskyKMA May 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Please upload the whole seminar from start to finish!!!

  • Reply Jason Peak May 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    KVD seems to have done ok using the palomar knot…

  • Reply basseraday May 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Improve clinch I like sometimes not great for small diameter line. Good it you have slick line like if you lick it

  • Reply Matthew Coulter May 12, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I've tried this knot with 65 lb braid and it will not cinch down and anything over 17 lb fluoro with this knot it comes undone

  • Reply charger169 September 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Funny, I've seen Aaron break off in tourneys several times. But haven't seen KVD break off. Maybe it's just timing in the filming but….

  • Reply mongoosevsgt October 11, 2015 at 4:59 am

    looks good but seems to waste a lot of line

  • Reply stratman 45 May 18, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I'm a weekend warrior and I use the palomar knot all the time! Have brought in some big bass.

  • Reply Fifty0ne August 23, 2016 at 10:46 am

    palomar is an absolutely fine knot and will have at least 90% knot strength. There's better options though with fluorocarbon. I don't find myself tying a uni knot though for terminal connections. My go-to knot is usually a regular San Diego Jam Knot, 6 wraps. It's never failed, and it's rated around 95% strength.

  • Reply cjr4497 March 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    tensile strength is not a good judge for a line knot and that is what most tests show. Impact strength is something completely different and that is what knots should be judged by as that is what goes on during a hook set. tensile is a long pull over time. impact occurs abruptly.

  • Reply Daniel Henderson June 28, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I'll bust out a Sissie knot, works hella good.

  • Reply Rod Royal September 1, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Hated fluro 20 years ago, hate it now. Brittle and stiff.

  • Reply letun3481 November 1, 2017 at 12:27 am

    double uni knot… 🙂

  • Reply Jorge salas June 21, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Improved clinch has never failed on me from 6lb flouro to 65lb braid

  • Reply WildBillHabiki July 18, 2018 at 3:01 am

    I use the single uni with no issues. it's easy and fast to tie and i feel it is as strong as anything out there. i don't see the need to double it up like he does.

  • Reply Greg Letter September 1, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Tie a rebeck knot, but when finishing the knot put the tag end down through the hook eye two times instead of only once before you take the 5 or 6 wraps off the shaft of the hook. That way you'll have 3 wraps going around the hook eye instead of only two wraps.

  • Reply Anthony November 23, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Definitely the strongest knot! I use to tie the uni exclusively in salt water as well…and transitioned to fresh water, finding the uni to be superior. Btw, there is an easier way to tie it :). Take the loop end, make a circle/loop, pass it around your index and middle finger, run it parallel to main line, then loop around the main line x times, cinch tight. Tight lines!

  • Reply dynasty4851 April 23, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Yes! This is the knot I need!!!!!

  • Reply Kaden Zdroik June 4, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Even just the uni is great then you do this.

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