How to Tie Two Fishing Lines Together – 5 Best Knots

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When anglers want the benefits of two different fishing lines together, they tend to tie the segments of these lines with a knot. Several types of knots can be used to connect two fishing lines. However, not every fishing knot is good enough to provide the required strength. Therefore, in this article, we shall teach you how to tie two fishing lines together with the 5 most trusted knots that do not open easily and can be tied quickly while fishing. 

Different Knots to Tie Two Lines Together

1. Alberto Knot

Sometimes anglers do not have a single type of fishing line in abundance. For this reason, they have to tie two different fishing lines together. For instance, most anglers prefer tying a mono fishing line with a braided fishing line. Since the diameters and composition of these two fishing lines are different, simple knots cannot hold them together properly. To solve the problem, a man named Alberto Knei invented the famous Alberto knot. 

2. Steps to tie an Alberto knot

a. Make a loop with the monofilament fishing line and pass a 10-inch segment of the braided fishing line through this loop. 

b. Making the loop will create a double line section of the monofilament segment. Now, hold the loop with the small braided fishing line segment in your left hand and start wrapping the rest of the braided line around the double line. 

c. Make seven wraps in this fashion. After this, wrap the braided line seven more times, but in the backward direction towards the loop, such that the latter ones overlap the previously made wraps. 

d. Put the tag end of the braided fishing line through the center of the loop. Pull the braided fishing line to tighten the alternative wraps. 

e. Cut the tag ends and excess segments of both the fishing lines. 

3. Australian Quickie Knot

To learn how to tie 2 fishing lines together, mastering the Australian quickie knot is a must. The Australian quickie knot helps in tying a braided fishing line with a fluorocarbon lead line. After making a simple double line in the braid, the fluorocarbon lead line can be attached to the braided fishing line with the Australian quickie knot within seconds. Hence, the name. 

Steps to tie an Australian Quickie knot:

a. To create a double line section loop in the braided segment, use the traditional Bimini twist. You can use alternative knots such as a triple surgeon knots, as well. However, using the traditional Bimini twist will give more strength to the complete knot. 

b. Take a 13-inch segment of the fluorocarbon lead line and wrap it 13 times around the double line of the braided segment. Start near the loop end and move towards the opposite end.

c. Put the tag end of the fluorocarbon line through the braided double line section loop. Pull the fluorocarbon line, so that the knots get tightened, and are arranged neatly. Once you feel that the wraps are tight enough, and both fluorocarbon and braided lines are tied together, cut the excess tag end segment of the fluorocarbon fishing line.

5. J Knot

The J Knot ties two fishing lines in the strongest possible way, without decreasing the inherent strength of either of the fishing lines, which is common in other types of knots involving alternate twisting. 

Steps to tie a J Knot:

a. Take two fishing lines and overlap them with each other. There is no need to equalize the length of these fishing lines. The knot is good enough even when one line is longer than the other. 

b. Now make a double line section loop with one of the fishing lines and put the entire segment of the other line through the front end of the loop. A double line section loop has four sections – front, back, top, and bottom. 

c. Now, run the tag end of the fishing line through the back end of the double line section loop. 

d. Repeat the same process by passing the tag end of the second fishing line twice through the top and bottom ends of the double line section loop. 

e. Lastly, moisten the two fishing lines and pull them to tighten the knot. 

1. Nail Knot

The nail knot uses an old-style to tie the fly fishing lines together, with the help of a nail. Today, anglers prefer using a hollow tube instead of a nail to tie the knot. 

Steps to tie a Nail Knot:

a. Take a fly fishing line and tie it with a nail or a hollow tube. Take the rod end of another fishing line and set it against the fly line and the nail. Ensure that 10 to 13 inches of the tag end of this fishing line remain free. 

b. Start wrapping the fishing line around the fly line and the nail around six to eight times to form coils. Put the tag end of the fishing line through the hollow tube or the space created by the nail, and remove the nail or the tube eventually. 

c. Pull the tag end of the second fishing line such that the coils become tighter, and snugly fit on the fly fishing line. A neat knot should be visible now. 

d. Cut the tag end to close the knot. 

2. Willis Knot

A Willis knot is used by anglers to tie two lead core fishing lines together.

Steps to tie a Willis Knot:

a. A lead core line has an outer sheath and an inner lead core. To tie the Willis knot, use your finger and thumb to pinch the line. Move it backward around four to six inches, away from the outer sheath. Now, cut the inner lead core at this point, and pull the empty outer sheath. 

b. Tie the outer sheath with the cut part of the inner lead core with an overhand knot. 

c. Slide the second line into the empty outer sheath until it touches the connected inner lead core part. 

d. Now, tighten the overhand knot and pull the second line. 


In this article, we told you how to tie two fishing lines together. We did not elaborate upon the simple overhand fishing knot because it cannot provide the required amount of strength alone. When you want to connect two fishing lines, check whether the diameter and composition of the two lines are similar or not. Then, select the type of knot accordingly. Moreover, to master all these fishing knots, you need to practice a lot. Otherwise, the knots will not be tight, and you will not be able to tie them quickly. 

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Donald Platt, our founder, is a fishing enthusiast who has almost 10 years of experience in fly fishing. While Donald works hard to put up the most informative articles, he still keeps his Sundays free for a quick fishing trip.

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