How To Tie Two Fishing Lines Together (Simple & Strong Knot)

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One of the essential fishing skills is to learn how to tie fishing lines together. Even If you are a beginner or a professional angler, you should learn how to tie two different fishing lines together.

But the type of fishing you are doing will determine the result you are looking for and the result you will get. I have a favorite knot that ties my two fishing lines together. But, you will have to read on to learn which line it is.

Whether you want to tie your leader to a mainline or whether you want to connect two different lines having different diameters, there are many knot options to choose from. For example, there is a surgeon’s knot which is considered very strong.

But then there is a double knot which is regarded as stronger than a surgeon’s knot. So, now that you are intrigued, we should start our guide to how to tie two lines together for fishing.

Can You Tie Two Fishing Lines Together?

Yes, you can definitely tie two fishing lines together. If you are at the end of one fishing line in the middle of a fishing trip, then you might wonder what to do to save yourself from a spoiled trip.

You can then tie the finished fishing line to a new line to continue using the line successfully.

image of two fishing lines knotted together

Whenever you are running out of a fishing line, your best option is to tie another fishing line to the one already installed in your fishing rod. You can try various knots to secure the two lines together.

The lines can be of the same materials; for example, they can both be made up of monofilament. Or they can both be made of different materials; for example, one line be made of monofilament, and the other can be a braided line.

Frankly, the type of fishing line doesn’t matter; I’ve tied similar types of lines and also different types of lines. The only thing that matters is that you know how to tie two lines together.

How To Tie Two Fishing Lines Together?

As I have discussed above, various knots can be used to tie two fishing lines together. You can easily learn how to tie knots because most knots are very easy to tie, and you can tie them even if you are not a professional angler.

Personally, my favorite knot is the surgeon’s knot because it works even when the question arises of how to tie two braided lines together or how to tie two mono fishing lines together, or even how to tie two different fishing lines together.

Knots are easy to learn. Let’s try to learn a few of them to use when you need them.

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9 Knots To Know To Tie Two Lines Together

There are many types of knots that you can easily use for tying two fishing lines together. But, I am going to discuss the top nine of those knots. So, get ready to learn something new about fishing.

The Surgeon’s Knot:

This is undoubtedly one of the easiest and best knots to use on your fishing lines. It is used to tie together lines that are equal or even unequal in diameters.

Image of Surgeons Knot

When you are running out of time or when your hands are slippery because of the water, then tie your lines together with the surgeon’s knot. Here is how you can tie this knot in a few easy steps:

  • Put your line and the leader on top of each other to overlap each other by many inches.
  • Make a simple loop with both lines.
  • Now pass the entire leader line and tag’s end through the loop twice.
  • You can even pass the leader and the tag one more time from the loop to become stronger (if you pass it thrice, it will be called the triple surgeon’s knot).
  • Lubricate the knot slightly and then pull all four ends to tighten the knot.
  • And finally, you have your surgeon’s knot!

The Double Uni Knot:

This knot is especially popular amongst anglers who fish in saltwater and freshwater. They use this knot to join similar or different lines of different strengths.

image of The Double Uni Knot

So if you have different lines and the question of how to tie two different lines together pop up in your head, then this knot is that question’s answer.

The double uni knot is easier to tie than most knots, and that is why so many anglers use it so frequently. Here is the process to tie this knot:

  • Put the lines which you want to tie and overlap them.
  • Now take one end of the line from the left side and then double it back to make 4-5 wraps around both lines, and that a loop will be formed.
  • Pull its tag to tighten it.
  • Now repeat the process with the end of the line and wrap it around the lines 4-5 times (unless you are using a braided line, then you should double the number of knots to secure it in place).
  • So, you have now tied two double uni knots, and you just have to pull both lines in the opposite direction to tighten the knots together.
  • Finally, clip the excessive ends close to the knot.

The Albright Knot:

This knot is one of the most reliable and strong knots. It can join equal or unequal fishing lines together even if they are made of the same material or different materials.

The Albright Knot

Many anglers prefer this knot for attaching their fly line to their leader because it is super convenient. The Albright fishing knot is a part of the pro knot fishing cards. Here is how you tie this knot:

  • Therefore since this knot is ideal for different lines, start with making a loop of the heavier line. The loop should be almost as big as the diameter of your finger and then pass the light line nearly 10’ from the loop.
  • Now hold all three lines in between your index finger and thumb, and then wrap the lighter line over itself and on both straps of the loop.
  • Do this at least ten times and then feed the tag through the back of the loop and finally exit from the same side from where you entered. You can also wrap it back and forth or vice versa. No matter how you tie it, the result will be the same. You just have to ensure that you exit from the same side you entered.
  • Finally, hold both ends of the heavy and lighter line and then wrap to the end of the knot. Pull the line to tighten your knot.

The Blood Knot:

This knot is also one of the most favorite knots of the fly fisherman. The blood knot is already very strong, but it can be made stronger by wrapping it 6 to 7 times.

The Blood Knot

This knot works best for the lines which are equal in diameter. Just like the Albright knot, the blood knot is also part of pro knot fishing knot cards. Here is how you can tie the blood knot.

  • Overlap all ends of the line you want to tie a knot on. Now twist one end around the other and turn it five times. Bring the tag’s end between both lines.
  • Repeat the process with the other line but wrap it in the opposite direction in the same number of wraps.
  • Slowly pull the lines in the opposite direction and wrap them together. Finally, clip the ends left close to the knot.

The Salt Strong Knot:

This knot is popular with sport fishing skippers all over the world. It can be one of the strongest knots if you learn to tie it properly, and it is also very easy to tie. It is a quick way to connect a leader to the mainline.

image of The Salt Strong Knot

The knot is ideal for tying all types of lines like monofilament to braid or similar lines together. There is no doubt that tying this knot is a bit complicated, but this is how you tie a salt strong knot:

  • Open one end of the loop by going over your thumb and index finger –form a triangle. The line should be tight, now bring in your middle finger in the loop where it will support the leader as it passes through the loop.
  • While maintaining the tightness of the loop, take your leader spool and then pull it out enough to touch the ground. Now put your foot on the loose end of the line on the ground and hold tightly. Run it over your knee and feed the other end of the line in the loop. Now grab that end with the middle finger and hold it, hold it from the top and straighten it.
  • Wrap the line on one side of the loop downwards and hold with the middle finger. Then reach it from the top and grab it to wrap down the other side of the loop and grab it with the middle finger.
  • Repeat this process: down from one side, up from the middle, and then down again from the other side, up from the middle, and altering between sides. Ensure that you keep the tension between the lines because if you keep it loose, then you won’t be able to make the perfect loop. You can also tug on the loop and ends to confirm that the knot is tight and in place.
  • Continue the weaving about 2 cm and make more twists on the lighter line but lesser twists on the heavy line.
  • Pinch the place where all three lines are coming together, and then release the braided line from your grasp. Put some tension on the braided line and pull it tightly.
  • Trim the leader near the knot and make it four more hitches with the tag around the braid to finish it off.
  • Check the knot, and it should not slip off.

The Improved Clinch Knot:

The improved clinch knot is one of the most used knots by anglers all over the world. It is mainly used to tie the hook securely to the place, but it can also tie two lines together.

image of The Improved Clinch Knot

The improved element in this knot is the extra tuck done in the final step to ensure that the knot is strong. Here is an easy way how to tie it:

  • Pass the end of the line through the eye of the loop and wrap it around it at least five times to secure it. Then pass it through the loop next to the eye and pass it for a final turn.
  • Tighten the knot
  • Trim the excess line.
  • And finally, you have your knot.

The Turle Knot:

This popular knot is for connecting a fly with turned down or up eye to another line. There are many ways to tie this knot, and just like the Albright knot, this knot is also a part of the 12 great fishing knots of pro knot fly fishing knot cards. This is your method to tie a turle knot:

The Turle Knot
  • Threat the fly into the tippet and let several inches hang to make the knot later. Double the line back towards itself and the fly. Then bring the tag’s end behind and over the double line. Make a loop and pass the tag through the loop twice. Try laying a double overhand knot.
  • Tighten the knot which you created and slip the loop over the fly. Pull the leader line and tighten the knot against the eye of the hook.
  • Trim the excess ends.

The Alberto Knot:

This excellent type of knot during fishing is ideal for tying different types of lines like fluorocarbon lines to braid or monofilament to braid lines.

The Albright Knot

This knot is easy and fun to tie, and it will become your personal favorite as soon as you learn to tie it. Here is how you can tie it:

  • Make a loop with your mono leader and run almost 10’ of your braided line through the loop.
  • Hold the loop you’re your braided line in the left hand and wrap the braid around the double lines of mono by making a loop.
  • Wrap it seven more times and each time put the wrap over previously made wraps.
  • Put the tag’s end into the loop after the 7th wrap and then exit like you entered the loop.
  • Pull the wraps so that the knot becomes tight and slide to the end of the loop.
  • Cut the spare ends of both lines near the knot.

The Loop To Loop Knot:

This loop to loop is not really a not; it is just a way to join two loops and interlocking them together. This is a simple way to avoid any mishaps during fishing, like knots getting opened mid-fishing.

The Loop To Loop Knot

But, you have carefully interlock the loops together because if you tighten it from one side, it may become a girth hitch. There are many instances where the lines already come with loops at their end, so you just have to attach them. Here is how to do it:

  • You will already have the loops. Just slip one loop over the other loop.
  • Put the leader line through the same loop.
  • Pull the lines firmly in opposite directions, which will lock them together. Ensure to pull both with the same force so that one doesn’t form a girth hitch. And finally, you will have your knot.

Final Verdict:

We hope that by now, you must have learned that no knot is difficult to tie. It is only your perception of the knots that determine whether or not you will be able to tie them.

So, whenever the question of how to tie two mono fishing lines together or how to tie two braided fishing lines together pops into your mind, make sure you follow my guide to tie the best suitable knots.

Frequently Asked Questions

#1 – What is the best knot for tying two fishing lines together?

All the knots that I have discussed are ideal for tying two fishing lines together, but it depends on your preference. If you can easily tie a double uni knot, it will be the best knot.

But if you are comfortable with the Alberto knot, that will be the best knot for you. It all depends on your perception. So, try tying knots and choose the one you can easily tie.

#2 – How do you tie two different size lines together?

The knot I have discussed above is the best way to tie two different-sized lines. But, at a glance, here is how to tie them:

Take the thicker line if your lines are of different sizes. Make a loop with the thick line and pass the other line through it. Then hold the loop and the other line in your hand and wrap it around the thin line by making a loop.

Wrap it with the other line seven times, and each time over the previous wrap. Put the tag in the final loop just like you entered. Finally, tighten the knot by pulling both ends and then cut the spare lines.

#3 – What is the strongest line-to-line knot?

The surgeon’s knot is the strongest knot for tying line to line. Not only is the surgeon’s knot easy to tie, but it is also the strongest.

And when you do a double surgeon’s knot, then it becomes stronger. The number of times you twist the knot is what makes the knot strong. The more knots you tie, the stronger your knot will be.

#4 – What is the easiest fishing knot to tie?

The easiest way to tie a knot is to practice any knot, which is easy for you to tie. It can either be a surgeon’s knot, or it can be the salt strong knot.

But the only way to consider or make a knot easier for yourself is to practice making it before you actually tie it during fishing because practice makes perfect.

#5 – What is the weakest knot?

There is no knot, in particular, that is weak. The only thing weak is your technique to tie it. If you tie the knot properly, then it will be strong.

But if you miss any step or tie the knot weakly, then you will risk getting your knot broken or opened while fishing.

#6 – What is the best knot for tying braid to mono?

The best knot to tie braid line to monoline is Uni knot, Albright knot, or Blood knot. I have given the process of how to tie each type of knot.

So you can take help from there. Remember that practice makes perfect, and any knot is ideal only when you know perfectly well how to tie it.

#7 – What is the most difficult knot to tie?

The impossible knot is very difficult to tie. This is not the actual name of them not. The real name is ‘fisherman’s knot,’ and it is called an impossible knot because people perceive it is challenging to tie.

But, like all knots, if you learn to tie it, you can easily tie it. So no knot is impossible if you try to learn it.

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