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October 25, 2001

Improved Albright

I found a way of improving the Albright, and it's been working for me for 15 years.

The Albright knot is my favorite for attaching line to leader. However, when this connection breaks, the line usually parts at the leader loop. I found a way of improving the Albright, and it's been working for me for 15 years.
As if tying a regular Albright, double one end of the leader and lay the tag end of the main line inside the loop, then begin wrapping back toward the loop. After making a minimum of seven wraps around both sides of the leader loop, finish the knot with three wraps around the main line and one side of the leader loop. Run the tag end out the same side of the loop where the main line enters - this is where most anglers make a mistake.
The extra wraps act as a cushion to improve the weak point significantly. Lubricate the knot with saliva and snug it up, making sure the wraps stay in perfect order (no overlapping). Alternate pulling on the tag end and main line until secure, then cut both tag ends as close as possible. Don't be afraid: If you tied it right, the knot won't come undone.
If the ratio of leader to line is higher than 4:1, double the main line before tying this knot and make sure to snug up both ends.
Mike "Beak" Hurt
Carlsbad, California