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How to Tie Braided Line to Monofilament Line – In-Depth Guide

tying braid to mono line
Written by Walter Ashley
Last Update: March 8, 2022

Fishing enthusiasts know that there are thousands of knots out there. However, there are only a few who can memorize for use during their lifetime. Not all knots are effective when it comes to connecting a braided line with a mono one because of the differences in their material constructions. Only the double uni-knot, the Bristol knot, and the FG knot are the best types of knots for connecting them effectively.

3 Best Knots for Tying Braid to Mono Line

1. The Double Uni Knot

Double Uni Knot

This is not only a time-saver but also simple to make. With an 85 percent to 90 percent knot strength, they are the most reliable knot to tie your braid mono connections. The double unit knots are two knots in a unit. They are the most durable variant for tying braids to mono-filaments. To do this, you will have to:

  • Overlay the ends of the ropes you want to join. Take that end of the rope from your left side and then go back to make 3-4 wraps around the ropes across the loop you. Take the tag end and pull it to tighten.
  • Replicate no1 with the bottom of the rope on the left, creating the same number of wraps except you are knotting with braided ropes, which would require that you pair the number of wraps.
  • Since you have tied two knots, pull the standing ropes in the opposite directions to glide and merge the knots.
  • Clip the ends of the knots.

2. Bristol Knot

Bristol Knot

This is also an excellent knot for the braid to mono connections with a light tackle.

Tip: If the ropes are light, the lines can easily get damaged when tying the knot, this makes some knots better than others.

  • Make a double loop using the spider hitch at the end of your fishing line.
  • Take the tag end of the leader and pass it through the loop.
  • Place your index finger inside the loop and keep the leader tight inside the loop.
  • Take the tag end of the leader and wrap it around the double line 4-5 times.
  • And take the tag end of the leader through the loop you have been holding with your index and hold the ends of the rope and pull to tighten.
  • If it is tight enough, release the leader’s tag end and keep the standing line and pull on opposite sides to tighten it again.
  • Clip off the tag end.

3. The FG Knot

FG Knot

The FG knots are increasingly popular in the angling community because of  their rigidity against extreme drags. If you don’t want to use hollow core braids with a light spin for big fish, this is an excellent knot to use.

  • Hold the braid tight to keep under tension; you can hold it in the mouth or have somebody else hold it.
  • Make a cross with the leader and the braid’s mainline.
  • Take the lead’s tag end and wrap it, make a loop to wrap around the mainline, and tighten the lead line with the mainline it.
  • Repeat the action in no 3. This time reverse the loop.
  • Repeat the works in no 3 and 4 20 times
  • When you have done that, make two half hitches and snug the lead with the mainline tight.
  • Ensure that the knots are tight on the mainline
  • Clip the mainline after making those two half hitches
  • Roll the lead lines around its opposite end 4-5 times and hitch the mainline fast to cover the clipped part of the mainline
  • Clip the lead line off.


Tying the braids to a mono-filament connection does not get any easier if you follow the above methods. With these braid to mono connections, we wish you a hitch-free fishing time.


Q. 1: Do I need a leader with a braided line?

Ans. Yes! Braided lines are thin, and any decent-sized fish can cut the edge off when you double braid, the surface area of the braided line is increased. This is good for the strength of the line and so that it does not cut easily.

Q. 2: Can you tie braid to braid?

Ans. Yes, it is possible. Most people use a braid to braid to intertwine the backing of the braid to the highest 100 yards of the braid to save cost and time when curling. They further allow the untouched backing to stay on the spool when you are setting a new top section.
Q. 3: What is the strongest braid to mono knot?

Ans. The strongest braids’ top knot is the FG knot. Because of their strength, they will not easily break under tension or drag of a large fish.

Q. 4: Can fish see a green braided line?

Ans. Green lines blend like camouflage and are an excellent choice for anglers who do not want to spook the fishes with their line. In clear water, green can stand out –but they are generally a color of choice on most occasions.

About the author

Walter Ashley

I was brought up in Grove, Oklahoma alongside the Neosho river. It was not until my post-accident recovery period when I got hooked into fly fishing. The instructor had this unique teaching method and I started skipping my therapy sessions for kayak fishing out in the wild. It helped me be in places of nature that are extraordinarily beautiful and I would probably have never been there if fishing was not a part of my life. Experiences of those days taught me the shortcomings of fishing gear. So, I started investigating on a range of common equipment that people used and I started tweaking them for optimum results. It was not until my post-graduation on mechanical engineering when I seriously started thinking about fishing rod and reel designing. Extensive studies on materials that regular rods were made of eventually made way for new design ideas. Hopefully, my time on the waters and inner attachment to the nature will provide me sublimity for greater innovation.

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