Albright Knot

Connecting Two Fishing Lines Of Different Sizes

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 connecting two lines together of different diameters. It can be very useful for:

  • a wire to a leader line
  • backing to fly line
  • or any combination of monofilament, flourocarbon and braid to join one to another.

Albright Knot Tying Instructions


1. With the larger diameter line, form a loop of about 3 inches. Pinch the loop with your fingers to hold and maintain it.

Form a 3 inch loop to begin the Albright Knot

2. With the smaller diameter line or leader, run the tag end up through the loop. Pass about 8 inches of it through, or enough to give yourself plenty of line to work with.

Begin running the tag end about 8 inches through the loop

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.

Start wrapping the fishing line around the loop

4. Pass the tag end of that smaller line back through the loop of the larger line after the last wrap.

Pass the tag end of that smaller line back through the loop of the larger line

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.

The Albright Fishing Knot

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 with your newly tied knot!

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