The Albright Knot is an alright fishing knot, but it's not a bright knot. ;-) (Totally kidding, of course.)
There are two factors why so many anglers love using this knot...
1.) It's a very good strong knot.
2.) It also has a nice smooth streamline appearance that shouldn't catch in your fishing rod guides as you cast and retrieve.
The albright fishing knot is absolutely great for connectiong two lines together of different diameters. It can be very useful for:
Steps for tying the Albright Fishing Knot:
1. With the larger diameter line, form a loop of about 3 inches. Pinch the loop with your fingers to hold and maintain it.
2. With the smaller diameter line or leader, run the tage end up through the loop. Pass about 8 inches of it through, or enough to give yourself plenty of line to work with.
3. With the loop and the line pinched tight, begin wrapping the small line around the loop and the line that was just passed through the loop. Make the wraps going away from the larger line.
About 5 or 6 wraps should be efficient. Some anglers prefer to use about 10 to 12 wraps for added strength and durability of the knot.
4. Pass the tag end of that smaller line back through the loop of the larger line after the last wrap.
5. Moisten the wraps. Holding onto the fat line, begin pulling the skinny line away to cinch it down. You'll most likely have to help the knot along by guiding the wraps until they are snug tight. Trim the tag ends.
Alright! Done. That's how to tie the Albright Knot.
Tying this fishing knot may sound and look unorthodox or complicated at first. But, it's actually easy to tie with just a little practice and patience. Put it to the test and and see for yourself.
Good luck freshwater fishing.