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How to Tie Braided Fishing Line to Monofilament

If you’re looking for extra line capacity with shock resistance with your graphite rod, then learning how to tie braided fishing line to monofilament is a must.

While a braided line can increase casting distance and has a thin profile, it is also stronger than other fishing lines such as monofilament. But it can be difficult to mount on a spinning reel.

Yes, you can just fill up the reel with a mono line. However, if you want to use a smaller reel, you’ll want to use braid since it’s much thinner.

Depending on the reel spool, loading braid straight to it can lead to slipping if not done correctly. That’s why a lot of guys choose to load on a bit of mono first then overlay it with braid then add a small topshot of leader to the end.

Braided Line

Braided lines are challenging to break and increases casting distance. Although it is more expensive than most fishing lines, it is the ideal line when fishing in scrubby or weed-choked areas.

It has a long reel life if spooled correctly, but it is difficult to untangle.

Birds-nests are a pain!

Mono Backing

Mono backing has very few to no downside as they prevent the braid from spinning the reel uncontrollably. They also reduce friction as the line leaves the reel. You can save as they can be a cheap filler compared to most lines.

braided fishing line to monofilament
Monofilament line to back your braided line. Source: Sue Cook

Best Knots to Tie Braid to Mono

How to tie fishing knots is the first of the many questions an angler asks. Tying fishing knots is a must-have skill when it comes to tying braided lines to mono. The good thing is that we have a compilation of the best ones for you right here:

1. Royal Polaris Knot

The Royal Polaris (RP) knot can be used to connect a braided line to a mono leader or backing easily.

To tie a John Collins or RP knot, form a loop in the mono leader and bend the loop forward slightly. Feed the tag end of the braid through this loop. Then, hold the mono loop together and bring the tag end of the braid over it.

Make at least 10 to 12 wraps with the braid and feed the tag out (not the tag end) of the monofilament loop in the same direction. 

Pull the loop to tighten it and slide the wraps down to the end of the loops. Pull from both ends to tighten the line. Once sliding the loops to the end, pull the small tag to keep them in place and then do the same on the standing part before pulling the tag end again. Trim the mono tag end and the other tag as well to complete the knot.

2. Double Uni- Knot

The knot strength of the uni knot is what makes it popular. However, the double variety is ideal for adding monofilament backing to a line. 

You can start by overlapping the ends of the two lines making sure that you leave just enough space to make several wraps later.

Then, use the braided line’s tag end and double it back to make eight wraps around both before running the tag end through the loop you formed. Repeat this step with the monofilament line making at least four wraps. 

You just tied two-unit knots at this point. To make it a double, pull the standing lines opposite to make the knots slide together. Trim the ends as close to these as possible, and you are done!

3. FG Knot

Besides these two, you should also try your hand at tying an FG knot as well as a slip knot tying to add mono backing to braided lines. The number of wraps will vary with the technique you use. 

How to tie BRAID to MONO

Criteria for Good Fishing Knots

How to tie knots for fishing should be on your to-do list if you want to be taken as a serious angler. Remember that the ones you use are unique to the fishing technique and the lines you use. 

A good fishing know is one that suits your fishing strategy as this is one of the most crucial aspects of fishing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you back braid with monofilament?

Yes, because it is the best way to prevent the line from spinning freely on the reel. An FG knot or the other aforementioned knots can work nicely for attaching the mono to your main braid.

Is monofilament stronger than braid?

Braided lines are considered to be stronger than monofilament based on comparable thicknesses.

Should I wet the braid before spooling?

It’s not necessary, but it could help if you’re not using a machine to provide the proper tensioning. Before you cast it’s important to wet your spool to prevent birds-nests.

The Anglers Behind This Article:

Sushmita Lo

Jon Stenstrom

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