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J Knot

How to tie the J Knot. The J Knot is in all probability the strongest leader to tippet knot. It 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 leader knots for joining leader to line. Further bolstering the J Knot's reputation, Yellowstone Anger says that it proved to be the strongest line connection knot in their very extensive "Tippet Shootout" article ( click here to read the article ).

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How to tie the J Knot



J Knot Tying Instructions

  • Lay the main line and leader on top of one another overlapping each other by several inches. PLEASE NOTE: The animation below shows the leader and line to be the same length as the knot is tied but in reality the line portion is just long enough to tie the knot and the leader is the length of leader you are tying on!

  • Form a loop with the doubled line 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. Summary: 2X through from the top, 2X through from the bottom.

  • Moisten lines and pull tight.
Swiffy Output
nippers and zinger deal

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