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Saltstrong knot tests-very revealing

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We have lots of opinions on knots on this forum, but not a lot of data.  Here are data to go with their opinions.  Especially valuable is the testing for different types of lines.

 

https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/fishing-knots/?utm_source=Fishing-tip&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Knots&utm_content=Knots-post&inf_contact_key=5adc6108c3c8bfb00c58817f7d6dec74c8ae3dfe33f190b3e23fe2f0eb3571a7

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SaltStrong has done a lot of great knot testing, you just have to do a bit of searching to find it all on the site. Good stuff though ?

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Nice read. Interestingly, and by my experience, his comment

on the FG (bold mine) for braid to mono/FC:

 

"Note: Only use this knot if tying a braided line to a stronger mono/fluoro leader."

 

This would obviously make a more consistent tie.

 

I think we sometimes shun certain knots as "less strong"

but forget that rod and reel drag are also key elements

in the fight. Drag too tight and you will of course put more

stress on the leader knot. But if there's give in the drag, 

give in the rod, the fight to land a large fish may last longer

but, I believe/IME, reduces the stress across the system.

 

Edited by Darren.
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I think many will be surprised if they use a scale to see what drag they are using.  I would be surprised if mine is over about 4-5 pounds on 20 pound braid.

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6 hours ago, Darren. said:

Nice read. Interestingly, and by my experience, his comment

on the FG (bold mine) for braid to mono/FC:

 

"Note: Only use this knot if tying a braided line to a stronger mono/fluoro leader."

 

This would obviously make a more consistent tie.

Interesting...I use the FG knot to tie on a weaker leader all the time.

 

I use it on my finesse bait casters and on my spinning rigs, typically 30# braid to a 8# - 10# leader.

 

Never had any problems with it.

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