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The Albright Knot

May 4, 2010
Author: Trouts Staff

The Albright Knot may not be a standard knot in most anglers tool box, but it will open up a ton of different options when it come to rigging your line.  The Albright Knot is most commonly used to attach fly line to backing, but it can be used in a variety of other applications.  I regularly use this knot when fishing the Rocky Mountain Arsenal where I use large gauge shock tippet at the end of my leader to ensure that the pike don’t bite off my fly.  In this application, I tie 5′ – 7′ of 15lb fluorocarbon off my fly line, and then attach 12″ – 16″ of 30lb shock tippet to the fluorocarbon using the Albright Knot.  I then will attach my fly to the end of the shock tippet.

Albright Knot 1

Step 1: form an open ended loop with your fly line or large diameter monofilament.  Pass the backing or smaller diameter monofilament through the loop, leaving a tag end roughly 6″ long.

Hint: anchor the tag end by holding it between your thumb and index finger that are creating the loop.



Albright Knot 2Step 2:  wrap the tag end of backing or small diameter monofilament around the loop and itself 10-12 times.  Then pass the tag end of material through the loop on the same side that it entered in step 1.

Hint:  try and keep the coils as close together as possible.




Albright Knot 3

Step 3:  slide the coils of backing or monofilament together, and gently move them towards the end of the loop.

Hint:  keep about 1/8″ of distance between the coils and the end of the loop.  This will ensure that the coils don’t come off of the loop when the knot is tightened.



Albright Knot 4Step 4:  now tighten the knot by first pulling on the tag end of backing or monofilament while holding the two strands of fly line or large diameter monofilament.  Then pull on the standing end of backing or small diameter monofilament.  Repeat these steps one or two more time to ensure that the coils have properly tightened.




Albright Knot 5Step 5:  Trim the tag end of the fly line or large diameter monofilament and the backing or smaller monofilament.  If possible, use a little UV Knot Sense to add extra strength and durability to the knot.


*Credit to for the great graphics used in this tutorial.

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