How to Tie a Bristol Knot

The low-profile Bristol Knot provides an ideal line-to-leader connection.
Tom Waters
The low-profile Bristol Knot's strength makes it ideal for joining a heavier leader to the double line of a Bimini Twist, Spider Hitch or similar loop knot. The Bristol, also known as the "no-name" knot, is easy to tie and a preferred connection for longer, stronger leaders with spinning and casting tackle. With a Bristol Knot tied to the end of a double-line formed from a loop knot, the line and leader slip easily through rod guides. This knot is especially effective when tying a fluorocarbon leader to a braided double-line loop. Text and illustrations by Tom Waters
STEP 1: Pass the tag end of the heavy leader through the loop of doubled line.
STEP 2: While keeping your index finger hooked around the leader as shown, wrap the leader five to seven times around the double line.
STEP 3: Pass the tag end of the leader back through the loop formed by your index finger, and in the opposite direction of the original wraps.
STEP 4: Moisten the knot with saliva and cinch it down very tightly by pulling firmly on both the leader and the double line. Trim the tag end, which should protrude at a 90-degree angle when the knot is seated properly. A closely trimmed tag end makes for a very streamlined connection that will easily pass through guides, wind onto your reel's spool, and be less prone to snagging weeds and grass when retrieved.

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