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I use the palomar or double palomar...I've heard these are the worst knots for shock absorbtion though. I've yet to have big issues since I fish alot of heavy line. The improved clinch I hear is the best for flipping and pitching where there's not much line out.

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Improved clinch.  In Tackle Tour's fluorocarbon shootout part two, they tested knots on several different fluorocarbon brands.  The improved clinch consistently tested out 6% higher than the palomar.  I've actually noticed a difference since switching over a month ago...you'll notice it when you break off a bait that is hung up.  

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i like the trilene knot... i haven't had a knot break on me yet... (knock on wood)

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WOW!

I have been using the Palomar for so long, it seems like a GIANT step backwards to return to the improved clinch knot. I'm particularly disappointed reading the report regarding the San Diego Jam. It's fun and easy to tie, so I have been using it a little, too.

Hmm...Time to revisit an old favorite. Back to the basics.

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So with 10# line the Improve clinch would break at 7.8# and the unit at 6.9# with all other falling I between.  Unless you are setting your drag within a sneeze of the breaking point any of these knots should be fine.

I am biased though.  I have bean using the Uni forever and am trying to justify not switching knots.  ;D

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One thing about the San Diego jam is the tag end is inline with your mainline and all the other knots your tag is at 90 degrees which is a weed magnet.

Garnet

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No...with the Palomar Knot, the tag and mainline, line up.

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The following is a quote of Aaron Martens in Bassmasters Mag:

   There seems to be an inherent breaking problem with fluorocarbon, but Aaron Martens says it is almost always involves the type of knot being used. "You have to tie a San Diego knot or some kind of cinch knot like a Trilene knot" he advises. " A Palomer is not good because it crimps the line. It crimps on top of itself and it will break."...........Al

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I started using 15lb fluorocarbon Pline this year.  Ike and several other pros mentioned using an improved clinch knot.  I tried it and have found that I screw up the clinch very often.  I lick, I lick and I lick and I still can screw it up.  It will pull out after a while.  I never screw up a palomar knot.  Based on my experiece, I will stick with the palomar eventhough I have heard the pros state that you should use the improved clinch.

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