How to Tie a Bristol Knot

How to Tie a Bristol Knot 

The low-profile Bristol Knot provides an ideal line-to-leader connection.

 The low-profile Bristol Knot's strength makes it ideal for joining a heavier leader to the double line of a Bimini Twist, Spider Hitch or similar loop knot. The Bristol, also known as the "no-name" knot, is easy to tie and a preferred connection for longer, stronger leaders with spinning and casting tackle. With a Bristol Knot tied to the end of a double-line formed from a loop knot, the line and leader slip easily through rod guides. This knot is especially effective when tying a fluorocarbon leader to a braided double-line loop.

 STEP 1: Pass the tag end of the heavy leader through the loop of doubled line.

 STEP 2: While keeping your index finger hooked around the leader as shown, wrap the leader five to seven times around the double line.

 STEP 3: Pass the tag end of the leader back through the loop formed by your index finger, and in the opposite direction of the original wraps.

STEP 4: Moisten the knot with saliva and cinch it down very tightly by pulling firmly on both the leader and the double line. Trim the tag end, which should protrude at a 90-degree angle when the knot is seated properly. A closely trimmed tag end makes for a very streamlined connection that will easily pass through guides, wind onto your reel's spool, and be less prone to snagging weeds and grass when retrieved.

Text and illustrations by Tom Waters