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Albright Special

How to tie the Albright Special Knot. The Albright Knot is one of the most reliable knots for joining lines of greatly unequal diameters or different materials such as monofilament to braided line. Many experienced fly fishermen prefer the Albright to attach their fly line to leader material, some even going so far as to cut off a factory welded loop to use the Albright! It certainly is the go-to choice knot for tying dacron backing to fly line for most fly fishermen. It is easy to tie and should be in every angler’s knot arsenal. The Albright Special Knot is one of 12 great fishing knots included on the Pro-Knot Fishing Knot Cards (click to see).

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Albright Special Knot Tying Instructions

  • Make a loop in the heavier line and run about 10” of the lighter line through the loop.
  • Hold the 3 lines between your thumb and index finger. Wrap the light line back over itself and both strands of the loop.
  • Make 10 tightly wrapped turns. Feed the tag end back through the loop and exit the loop the same side as it entered. Note that you can wrap front to back or back to front, the end result will be the same. Just make sure the lines exit on the same side of the loop.
  • Hold both ends of the heavy line and slide the wraps to the end of the loop. Pull the light line to tighten and clip tag end close to the knot.


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