How to tie the Yucatan Knot, as it was first developed in the sport fishing waters off Cancun and Isla Mujeres. There is some confusion as to the tying of this knot with many incorrect depictions on the internet, most often showing a variation of the Albright Special. Note that the wraps are made with doubled line around the single leader line
When tied correctly as animated here, the Yucatan is stronger than the Albright and the Slim Beauty (both excellent single strand knots) and is arguably the strongest mono leader to braided line knot. The doubled main line is most often created with a Bimini Twist.
Scroll to see Animated Yucatan Knot below the illustration and tying instructions.
Yucatan Knot Tying Instructions
- Lay leader and doubled main line from reel parallel to each other. Doubled main line is often created with a Bimini Twist for this knot.
- Wrap doubled line around leader 4 to six times if using mono or fluorocarbon, 10 to 15 times if using braid.
- Now feed end of leader through loop at end of doubled line.
- Pull doubled line and leader in opposite directions to tighten knot. Note that although the wraps were made with the doubled line, when the knot is pulled tight the leader will wrap onto the doubled line.