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J Knot

The J Knot starts out similar to the Surgeon’s Knot but the wraps alternate, which may put less stress on the lines. Field and Stream tested the J Knot to be slightly stronger than the Surgeon’s Knot, Blood Knot and the Double Uni Knot. All are good knots for joining leader to line.

J Knot

J Knot Tying Instructions

  • Lay the main line and leader on top of one another overlapping each other by several inches.

  • Form a loop by tying a simple overhand knot, pulling entire leader through loop.

  • Run end of line and entire leader through loop from the backside.

  • Repeat the process again from the top of the loop entering from the backside of loop to the front and then again repeat from the bottom of the loop.

  • Moisten lines and pull tight.
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