How to Tie a Knot Albright SpecialThe Albright Special has long been the angler's "go-to" knot for joining two lines of unequal diameters. It's most commonly used by big-game fishermen to create heavy shock leaders. When used with a Bimini Twist on your lighter line, you can create a knot system that has nearly 100% breaking strength. The Albright Special is also a favorite knot for tying monofilament or braided lines to wire leaders when fishing for toothy critters. Anglers fishing clear waters with braid can also use the Albright Special to attach a low-vis fluorocarbon leader for line-shy fish.
STEP 5: Finish the knot by using both hands to grip the standing parts of the smaller line and larger line, then simultaneously pulling them as hard as possible to firmly seat the knot (take extra care not to slice your hand if using braid). Trim the tag ends. When tied properly, this knot has a comparatively low profile, allowing longer leaders to flow smoothly through the guides when casting and retrieving.
Text and illustrations by Tom Waters