knots - jigheads to leaders

Whats the best knot to use when tying jig heads to leaders?


Lefty's loop?


Perfection loop?


Something else?


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This is the one I do, easy

Thu, 2012-08-16 21:49

This is the one I do, easy and strong and good with fluoro.


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thats a different (and easier

Thu, 2012-08-16 21:55

thats a different (and easier looking) perfection loop to the one i found.  Thanks



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This one , but without the

Thu, 2012-08-16 22:00

This one , but without the very last pass through.


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I do the same

Fri, 2012-08-17 06:00

as you Grayzee. Been using that knot for years when a loop is required ie. jighead, lure or even to a sinker if the hole is too small.

Great knot, easy to tie and never had one fail.

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Uni knot

Thu, 2012-08-16 22:20

I just tie a 4 turn uni knot but don't pull it up real tight , if you get a fish it's easy to slip it back loose until the next fish and it's nearly the perfect knot.



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I do a lefty's loop but don't

Fri, 2012-08-17 14:49

I do a lefty's loop but don't pass through the half hitch before twisting round the main line.  Not had problems with it, though not tested it aginst the 'proper' version. 

Used to do a uni knot, though I reckon the lefty's loop is stronger and does not need opening up after being loaded.  I was never happy with the potential to soften the hookset with a uni knot that has to slide down before applying full pressure during a strike.

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Fri, 2012-08-17 15:26

 I recon that little bit helps when you set the hook using braid , after all it's only sliding 5 -10 mm and it's almost a 100% knot.


Everyone has their favorite knot, the uni is mine, I mainly use just a couple of knots in all my fishing, uni knot, gt knot and locked blood knot. everything from herring to billfish have fallen to them, fresh water and salt, soft plastics, lures, jigs and bait.



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 Rapala knot, but instead of

Fri, 2012-08-17 17:49

 Rapala knot, but instead of the uni just do a half hitch(as seen on ifish barra episode) really easy, fast and hasnt let me down yet.. great for squid jigs too

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knot strength

Fri, 2012-08-17 18:06

Ah just to clarify something here and I dont mean to single you out Maverick but a Uni knot is NOT a 100% knot ...

Or for that matter to expain things any knot where the line passes back on itself and forms a cutting hitch is not a 100% knot ,sort of hard to explain ..

And the reason for you never having a failure is probably due to either drag settings lower than your knot breaking point or breaking strain of the line being more than adequate and giving you a large safety margin of knot strength ..

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NO Worries

Fri, 2012-08-17 20:21

I have been fishing for 45 years with some of Aust best anglers and from over seas, I have seen many knots tied and tied many myself but have fallen back on a couple that I can tie easily either perched on a rock with water around my waist or on a pitching deck where that knot could be the knot that catches the client his fish of a lifetime so I make sure I know how to tie it and how to tie it well, most of my fishing is done with braided line (these days) connected to a leader (usually fluro carbon) with a GT knot and then to the terminal tackle so it doesn't matter if the knot is not as strong as the leader it has to be stronger than the main line I do NOT join my main line to leader with a uni knot , the uni knot is not meant for that.

I caught over 80 Samson fish on jigs using PE5 and 120lb leader & I used the same leader for 2 years before it was too short to keep using it went from about 5m down to 2m over the 2 years I just snipped the leader from out of the GT knot (it is easy to do) and tied on another 5m of 150lb leader the braid using the same GT knot, it is still in my shed the poor thing has $hit itself after landing over 200 Sambo's and assorted other fish from fishing / Decking on weekends on one of the worlds top jigging boats for over 5 years.


I ment to say it's a 100% knot in my application of it as a loop knot on lures,, not in a general sense of the word, I am sorry that I didn't word it as I should have, as braid has little to no stretch we anglers strike too hard most of the time and the little give that a leader gives can be greatly helped with a uni knot slipping down to tighten up, like others have said use what your comfortable with.

I used that knot set up to help a friend land a Murray cod of 1.2m and over the 20kg mark using 6lb braid and 20lb fluro carbon leader.


Those knots I mentioned I can tie in the dark and have the utmost faith in them either for Herring or trophy fish.





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 The ag chain knot is easy

Sat, 2012-08-25 20:56

 The ag chain knot is easy and the strongest knot you can get look up ag chain knot on google and watch the jigging master video it puts it up against all the knots 

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chain knot

Tue, 2012-09-04 12:39

and a

PR   for braid to leader