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August 03, 2007

Palomar Knot Break Analysis

Actual breaking strength test results

Not everyone chooses to use a Bimini twist. Some anglers, for various reasons, prefer to tie their main line either directly to a hook or lure (no leader) or tie their main line to a swivel and attach a leader thereto. The palomar knot is reputed to be one of the best choices for braids (and a good mono knot) by many experts, including some of those who manufacture braided lines. But the most significant conclusion I came away with is that, for braids particularly, I'll keep using a Bimini-and-Bristol system - and that if I should need to connect my main line to a swivel, I'll first create a double line with a Bimini: That double line should make any knot I tie at the swivel far stronger.

Monofilaments for which palomar knots broke at 100 percent or more of the line's actual strength

? Ande Premium (108 percent)
? Platypus Pre-Test (101)
? Shakespeare Cajun Red Lightnin' (100)

Monofilaments for which palomar knots broke at less than 70 percent of the line's actual strength

? Triple Fish Fluorocarbon (69 percent)
? Momoi Hi-Catch (68)
? Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon (65)
? Pradco Silver Thread Fluorocarbon (65)
? Berkley Trilene XL (61)
? Berkley Vanish Transition (43)

Test Results


Brand Line

% of Actual Strength

Range of Actual Breaks

Standard Deviation

Monofilament Lines
Ande Premium 108
27.0 - 27.1
0.1
Platypus Pre-Test 101
21.5 - 21.8
0.2
Shakespeare Cajun Red Lightnin' 100
21.7 - 23.0
0.6
Berkley Big Game IGFA 98
17.7 - 18.4
0.4
Platypus Platinum 97
22.0 - 23.5
0.8
Stren Super Knot 95
24.5 - 26.2
0.9
Maxima IGFA Class Line 95
17.3 - 17.8
0.4
Triple Fish X-rated 94
20.7 - 21.3
0.3
Hi-Seas Grand Slam 93
25.0 - 26.8
1
Stren Original 93
25.0 - 25.7
0.4
Berkley Trilene XT 93
29.1 - 38.9
5.5
Triple Fish Ultra Viz Perlon 92
22.0 - 24.0
1.1
Sufix Tritanium Plus 92
26.8 - 27.2
0.2
Penn Professional 92
27.3 - 29.5
1.1
Maxima Crystal Ivory 91
19.7 - 21.2
0.8
Sufix Elite 91
24.2 - 25.7
0.8
izorline XXX Super Co-Polymer 91
26.2 - 31.7
3
Hi-Seas Red Devil 91
25.3 - 26.7
0.8
Hi-Seas Quattro Plus 90
23.6 - 24.7
0.6
Platypus Super-100 89
16.7 - 19.3
1.2
Platypus Classic 89
20.2 - 22.9
1.4
Hi-Seas White Lightning 88
16.9 - 20.8
2
Bass Pro Shops Bass Pro Shops Excel 87
20.0 - 21.8
0.9
Sufix Key Lime IGFA  87
18.4 - 19.5
0.6
Shakespeare Cajun Red Cast 87
20.9 - 21.8
0.5
Yo-Zuri Hybrid (Fluoro/Mono) 87
25.6 - 28.6
1.5
izorline First String 87
24.8 - 29.1
2.7
Pradco Super Silver Thread 86
19.9 - 25.6
3.2
Stren DuraTuf 86
25.1 - 29.4
2.2
Triple Fish Camo-Escent (Perlon) 86
23.0 - 27.1
2.3
Penn Premium 86
20.0 - 21.2
0.6
Triple Fish Rx Spinning 84
20.4 - 22.1
1
Hi-Seas Black Widow 83
13.8 - 20.0
3.1
izorline Platinum 83
25.9 - 26.8
0.5
Pradco Silver Thread Salt Water 83
21.6 - 24.9
1.8
Berkley Big Game 83
23.4 - 25.1
0.9
Platypus Lo-Stretch 82
16.6 - 17.8
0.7
Berkley Big Game Supreme 79
24.7 - 32.6
4
Pradco Silver Thread Excalibur 79
18.6 - 23.5
2.5
Offshore Angler Tight Line 79
17.4 - 18.7
0.7
Sufix Siege 78
24.2 - 24.9
0.4
Triple Fish Armor Tough 78
19.6 - 21.5
1
SpiderWire Super Mono XXX 78
21.5 - 23.0
0.8
Pradco Silver Thread AN40 76
17.8 - 20.0
1.6
Mustad Thor 76
19.0 - 23.5
2.3
Cortland Endurance Super Premium 75
19.6 - 20.8
0.6
Shakespeare Cajun Advantage 74
21.6 - 23.0
0.7
Stren High Impact 74
21.2 - 24.3
1.6
Berkley Big Game Hi-Test 72
21.8 - 22.3
0.3
Triple Fish Fluorocarbon 69
13.9 - 15.4
0.7
Momoi Hi-Catch  68
24.2 - 31.9
7.6
Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon 65
14.4 - 16.8
1.3
Pradco Silver Thread Fluoro 65
15.4 - 17.7
1.3
Berkley Trilene XL 61
13.5 - 17.3
2.1
Berkley Vanish Transition  43
7.8 - 10.0
1.3
Braided Lines
Western Filament TUF-Line 72
18.1 - 20.0
1.2
Western Filament TUF-Line XP 72
14.9 - 15.4
0.3
Stren Sinking Braid 68
14.3 - 15.1
0.4
Sufix Performance Braid 65
20.0 - 20.9
0.5
Ande Braid 64
19.2 - 19.7
0.6
Shakespeare Ugly Braid 62
14.6 - 17.5
1.6
Daiwa Saltiga Surf  60
12.3 - 13.4
0.5
Cortland Spectron 58
18.6 - 20.2
0.8
PowerPro Superline 57
19.9 - 21.2
0.7
Stren Super Braid 56
14.3 - 15.1
0.6
Offshore Angler Magibraid 55
14.6 - 16.9
1.3
izorline Brutally Strong 52
13.7 - 14.4
0.3
Platypus Super-Braid 50
17.3 - 19.9
1.3
SpiderWire Stealth 49
18.8 - 20.1
0.7
SpiderWire Ultracast 49
25.0 - 27.0
1.1
Berkley Big Game Braid 47
17.1 - 18.4
0.2
Triple Fish Bully Braid 47
23.5 - 24.0
1.6
Berkley FireLine Crystal 44
20.9 - 22.1
2.2

 


 

Discussion
In braided lines, the results for a palomar proved uniformly mediocre, breaking from the mid 40s to the low 70s. Simply put, no braid tested well with a palomar, at least for me; for you, maybe it would test differently. However, the palomar is a pretty straightforward knot. (In fact, that is reflected in the very low standard deviation among most monofilaments tied with the palomar.) On the other hand, in monofilament, the palomar showed a great range of strength, from 43 to 108 percent. If tying palomar knots is a regular part of your fishing, these results may be worth keeping in mind when you purchase line.

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