The Improved Albright Knot - A Good Alternative to the FG?

One of the Easiest High Strength Knots to Tie

Knots are one of those things that are very personal and can cause a heated debate at any launch point.  Inevitably, someone will get busted off or have their line give at the knot after crowing that their particular knot is the strongest around.  And they'll likely cop some shade from theri mates like "what were you saying about that knot?"

Deciding which knot to tie is as much about personal preference as it is about convenience.  When you are on the water with limited space and maybe resources tying a knot quickly and with the least hassle can be the difference between being knotted up beyond recovery and getting a line back in the water.  So convenience or ease of tying up, speed, and strength are important considerations.

Most people are probably familiar with the classic uni knot or double uni knot, and for many these will likely be the knots they started fishing with.  A quick 7 or so wraps around the main line and back through the eye and you are good to go.  The uni is a simple knot but it is not rated to the highest strength.

Many fishos will tell you the benefits of the FG knot, but they are quite a complex knot to tie and require line to be taut while you are tying them off.  This isn't always possible on a kayak so you may just have to hope you don't get broken off on a snag or otherwise lose your line leading to you having to tie off again on the water.

The improved albright is a really good alternative to the FG with a similar knot strength (rated about 97%) and without the need to keep one line tight.  It is compact, tight, and strong.  After a couple of practice rounds, it is a pretty easy knot to tie off and once muscle memory kicks in you can get them done in seconds.

See the picture below or read the description for how to tie off the improved albright.
Step by Step

1.  Take your leader in your left had and create a loop about three inches long. Pinch off the loop with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand (1 in the image).

2.  Take your braid (or fluoro/mono) main line in your right hand and pass it through the loop from the bottom side.  Then, starting away from the loop wrap the braid firmly around the leader a total of ten times back towards the loop.  I have used 7 loops and found this knot to be stable but it is longer and flatter using 10 winds (#2 in the image).  I find it useful to put your little finger of your right hand through the leader loop to hold the line steady.  Note: this is difficult if not impossible using gloves and find myself taking them off to tie this knot.

3.  Once you have wrapped the braid around ten times move your thumb and forefinger up towards the loop so you are now pinching off where the braid and leader meet.  Then take your braid and wrap that around the main line and the leader so you are cinching both of those lines together while one side of the leader loop remains free.  Gives this 5 wraps as seen in #3 & 4 in the image.

4.  Moisten your line (in whatever way works for you, we aren't here to judge).  At this point I find it easier to pull the tag lines a little tight before pulling the knot tight.  This reduces overall waste of your leader and mainline.  Once done, pull both lines tight so the knot pulls tight on itself.  I also find it useful to grab each of the main lines tight to give it that final tension and this also lets you test the knot.

5.  Trim the tags off each end.  Note:  Like many knots if you leave a little tag of the leader on this can cause tangles with the braid resulting in another unintended knot that can snag going through the eyelets.  Trim it tight and this won't be an issue.

Also note:  On really light lines when tensioning the knot to pull it tight you can sometimes pull the leader through the braid.  To stop this happening I will often throw an extra half hitch at the end of the leader.  I don't have a problem above 6 - 8lb line though so for most this won't be a problem.
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