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tie a loop In braid

Discussion in 'Barbel Basics and Juniors Forum' started by Steve Brand, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. Steve Brand

    Steve Brand Senior Member

    Whats the best knot for tying a loop in braided lines I have used a simple double overhand loop knot or a figure of eight loop, this Is In monofilament line and apparently both these knots give poor knot strength In mono.
    But what loop knots do barbel anglers use when using braided hook lengths,or do they just tie a knot directly to a swivel.
    I prefer a loop as you can quickly change to different lengths hooks etc.
  2. Paul Hamer

    Paul Hamer Senior Member

    Hi Steve, never had a problem with the figure of eight knot in braid.
  3. Darren Hawen

    Darren Hawen Senior Member

    Agree with Paul, figure of 8 knots are great with braid and I've not had any problems.
  4. Adam Francis

    Adam Francis Senior Member

    One more as above. I use it to connect hooklengths - much quicker plus you can thread a PVA bag onto the hooklength.
  5. Derek Funcks

    Derek Funcks Senior Member

  6. Matt Wilson

    Matt Wilson Member

    Figure of eight loop has done me well for years in mono or braid. Small Korda quick link on the swivel makes for a very quick changeover.
  7. Simon Lush

    Simon Lush Senior Member

    When i tested various knots a few years back i found that the Double overhand loop was actually stronger than the figure of eight, in heavy mono the later forms a neater straighter loop but for all else i use a bog standard double overhand and have never had one let me down. This is with Braid AND mono. All that said, for Barbel i usually palomar knot the braid to a swivel ! Like everything else terminal tackle wise i'd test it yourself and see how it works for you rather than take notice of the inevitable conflicting opinion of others !
  8. Simon Lush

    Simon Lush Senior Member

    Matt, strongest knot for forming a loop in braid, Bimini twist ? I'll let you write the description :)
  9. Matt Wilson

    Matt Wilson Member

    Yeah right !
    Si, I'll take an easy option and refer you and anyone else to page 184 of Jim Gibbinson's Big Water Carp. Or good old you tube.

    I switched from an overhand to figure of eight after a couple of mono knot failures when Tenching over 20 years ago. Never had a problem since ( that's torn it !! ). Then again, can't remember the last time I used a mono hooklink for Tench or Barbel unless float fishing.
  10. Simon Lush

    Simon Lush Senior Member

    There you go, conflicting opinion ! :)
  11. Mike Hodgkiss

    Mike Hodgkiss Senior Member

    Stop messing about , just tie your hook to your mainline , job done :)