Albright knot - backing to fly line

The albright knot is easy to tie and very strong

Photo/illustration: Martin Joergensen ©2015

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GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted August 13th 2009


Do you mean how loose the knot can be tied or how long the tags can be - or something else?

To address the first two in one: the knot has to be pretty snug and tight. I usually work the loops of backing towards the loop in the fly line while tightening. When the knot is tight, you can trim both lines very close to the knot.

Or did you mean something else?


From: Jason · rudd_jason·at·  Link
Submitted August 13th 2009

Yup, first timer, took a couple of goes, but very simple indeed. Just one question how much loose can there be at either on the ends - assuming backing to fly-line

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted May 31st 2009


You certainly must have tied it wrong! It might pull out if tied too loosely, but this is a knot used by anglers who fish for salmon and tarpon, and trust me: it works! I have used it for many years without a single failure.

And it's not terrible either. Try tying a Bimini Twist and then talk about terrible knots! This one is simple and easy, can be tied waterside with no tools and to the best of my experience it holds up to most things that swim.


From: Jaime · jaime-mierow·at·  Link
Submitted May 30th 2009

i must of tied it wrong but it pulls right out. as far as im concerned, its a terrible knot.

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted August 25th 2008


I generally use the same number of turns for all sizes of leaders, which is about 5-6. As long as the knot really "bites" into the fly line and tightens well, my experience that this number will work well.

I have used the knot for coated wire bite tippets for pike fishing, but never mono-to-mono. A large part of its strength comes from the mono gripping the coating of the line it's tied on to, so I'm not sure mono-to-mono would work.


From: Daire roberts  Link
Submitted August 25th 2008

That was the easyest Knot I've ever tied, really easy to understand

From: Paul Byrley · pbyrley·at·  Link
Submitted August 23rd 2006

How many turns for various sizes of mono or line? How about when you are attaching a 50# test "bite" leader to a 12# test "class" tippet?

Thank you

From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted June 13th 2006

great clarity. thank you

From: Jeff Kreider · jeffrey_9·at·  Link
Submitted July 24th 2005

So easy even I could tie it. Thankyou

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