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Connection use Approximate strength using Monofilament
Arbor knot Main line to reel spool If a fish gets to this knot your in trouble 
Albright Knot Fly line to backing. Also good for joining line varying greatly in size wire to mono 100
Bait loop Hook to leader 100 %
Blood Knot Line to line of similar sizes (not recommended for braid to mono) 80-90
Buffer loop quick knot- not recommended low 
Double clinch Line to swivels and lure eyes for maximum knot strength 100
Double Uni Line to line, backing to line, leader to braid, Not best but functions quickly 80-95
Dropper loop Knot to attach second leader to line, great for dropper rigs using shrimp flies for bottom fish
Duncan loop or single Uni knot Line to swivel or lure eye. Knot slides 95
Float stopper Stopping sliding float -works but not the best knot to use
Improved Clinch Knot Lines to swivels and lure eyes for monofilament- the most basic and frequently used knot 85-90
Line to leader Fly line to leader
Interlocking loops Fly line to fly line, fly line to leader 100
Nail knot Fly line to leader. Also used to make bobber stops 100
Packers Knot Attaching yarn or bobbers below hooks for boon dogging/free drifting  
Palomar knot Braided line knot for line to swivel or lure eye 95
Rapala Knot Leader to lure or fly to allow movement of lure 95
Surgeons knot   Leader to tippet-Great for braid to mono when 4 turn twisted modification is applied 100+ breaks above rated line
Surgeons loop Loop for line end 100
Turle knot Leader to fly hook. Use on up turned or down turned hook eyes 90
Trilene Knot Line to swivels and lure eyes 95-100
Whip finish knot Line to hook and head of flies 100

When tying knots there are some important things to remember.

  • Knots are your weakest link to the fish, so inspect knots for damage while fishing

  • Retie knots after catching a fish. It will pay off when the big one bites. There may be hidden damage from the stress.

  • Make sure knot wraps are lying cleanly inline. Overlapping line will cut your knot strength.

  • Wet your knots before cinching tight. (saliva or a water bottle)

  • Pull knots tight with firm even pressure. Don't jerk on knot!! That will stress the line and  weaken its strength.

  • Trim knots to about 1/4 inch in length unless its a knot that travels though the guides. The extra bit of line may hold the knot if it slips.

  • Use finger nail clippers to trim your knots. Your dentist bill will thank you.

  • Cut of minor nicks and cuts on your leaders and mainline

  • Make sure you have enough wraps on your knot. I had a fish during our local derby pull my knot out. Experience is a rough way to learn.

  • On hooks never tie a knot to the hook eye unless the hook is designed for it. Tying the knot on the eye puts extra stress on your hook shank and eye. Big fish will shear off or straighten your hook.

This is just a starting point for your knots, as I find more time I will add more. Please join the bulletin board and learn more techniques to go with the knots.