Improved Albright knots
  |  First Published: November 2014

Last edition of QFM we looked at the standard Albright knot. This month we look at a couple of variations.

There might be more variations of the Albright than any other knot that I know of. The proliferation of variations stands as testament to the occasional failure of the common variety of Albright knot. Typically, the knot either slips when wet (a random occurrence), or the outside gets damaged because the knot gets bumped or rubs as it passes through the guides on your rod. Because it is a bind, the smallest realignment of the binds can cause it to move within itself and slip. Accordingly, the improvements often aim to lock-off the knot and smooth the transitions at both ends.

A careful application of knot goo (glue) can achieve the two desirable end results of securing the knot and smoothing the transition points at each end of the knot. However, you may not always have glue, or the correct glue, and there are plenty of knot aficionados who maintain that to use glue is the sign of a poor knot. Keep in mind that some tests have shown that some glue can weaken a knot and cause it to break at a strain less than the same knot without glue. This is most likely because some of the compounds used in various lines and some glue types may react with each other.

My position on the use of specific purpose manufactured goo is that I’ll use it if I have it and 90% of the outfits that I pre-tie before a fishing trip will get their knots ‘improved’ with a wee dab of goo on the tag end. Doing so helps me sleep better.

Another trick that I’ll use is the use of goo to burn and melt a bulb of nylon on the tag end to give an increased diameter and therefore and increase in resistance should any slippage occur.

The following of some variations of the Albright that you may consider:

Albright spceial

The ‘Albright special’ is the standard Albright with a ‘whip’ finish of about half a dozen turns around both the main line and one leg of the heavier leader. These whips are said to reduce the risk that the main knot will slip off the end of the folded leader loop.

Locked Albright

A ‘locked Albright’, which is the variation that we showed last month, finishes with the last bind of the tag end coming out on the opposite side of the leader to the main line that enters the knot, rather than being just bound around the main line. There are a couple of variations in the methodology; in my opinion, the easiest way to tie this lock is to push the main line towards the Albright’s binds – this creates a half-loop in the mainline. The tag end is then run through the loop and over the leader before the knot is snugged down.

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