I learned a new, to me at least, knot today. I have always sucked at tying nail knots. I even spent five bucks on the tool and they still sucked.
Today I was debating whether to put my old vintage Hardy or my new disposable Cables reel on my three weight. I stripped off the circa 1950s line off the Hardy and looked at the line to backing connection.
Damn! What a great idea! This knot must be as old as the reel, but I don't know the name of it. Anyway, I only had to look at it for a few minutes and practice once before I got it. And darned if I don't like it for light lines where the backing will rarely be an issue. It was stupidly easy to tie and seems solid to attach backing to fly line.
Step one, Make a generous loop in the fly line and secure it with hackle pliers or a pair off forcecps.
Step two, thread the backing through the loop.
Step three, wrapping backwards, toward the loop, take six turns around the fly line, tightening just enough after each loop to keep the line from wrapping around itself. Then thread the tag end of the backing back through the loop.
Step four Grab both ends of the backing and tug, while tugging on the fly line.
It will seat itself nicely in a very low profile knot.
Undue the hackle pliers and tug hard on the running ends of both lines. Then trim the tags.This thing is solid and idiot proof. I am living proof of that.
I wouldn't necessarily use it on tarpon on a ten weight, but for bass and trout it should do. I thought about a bit of superglue but I refrained. I might fix that tommorow. But pulling as hard as I could it wouldn't budge.
Amazing what you can learn from playing with an old reel.
I really like this knot, it passes easily through the guides and seems more than strong enough for what I'll ask a light reel to do. Very cool.
What you are describing sounds like an Albright Knot.
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It might well be. I've just never seen one used to attach backing to fly line. With the size of the fly line vs the backking you could see the steps so it was easy to reverse engineer. I just added the hackle pliers after my first attempt failed when the fly line got away from me. Anyway, with them in place it was golden. A very nice short cut, and I figure if I can't make it slip tugging for all I'm worth a bass won't either.
Jimmie Albright, Fisherman and Guide to Stars, Dies at 82
By PETE BODO
Published: January 18, 1998
Captain Jimmie Albright, a fly-fishing innovator and pioneer who guided and became friends with some of the most celebrated anglers of his time, died of cancer last Sunday in Islamorada, Fla. He was 82.
Albright invented two knots indispensable to anglers, the nail knot and the Albright special. The nail knot, so named because a penny nail or a small tube is required to tie it, is almost universally used by flyfishers pursuing everything from palm-sized bluegills to tackle-busting tuna. The Albright special, which is used to join two lines of significantly different diameter, has become a standard among salt water anglers, including the special fraternity of anglers who pursue official International Game Fish Association line-class records.
''Jimmie Albright was one of the true pioneers of salt-water flyfishing,'' according to the noted professional angler Mark Sosin. ''There's no doubt about it. In Jimmie's time, he and Joe Brooks were the top names in the developing sport.''
A native of Indiana, Albright moved to Miami in 1935. He originally worked as a lifeguard, but he moonlighted as a mate on an offshore charter boat, an experience that eventually led him to fish with the blue-water fishing enthusiasts Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway.
Albright served overseas in the Navy during World War II. Afterwards, he settled with his wife Frankee in Islamorada, a town that has since become a focal point for anglers from all over the world. But at that time, Islamorada had neither electricity nor running fresh water.
Over the years, Albright guided celebrity anglers such as President Herbert Hoover, the actor Jimmy Stewart and the actress Myrna Loy. But the angler with whom he had the most in common, and with whom he struck up a lasting friendship, was Ted Williams, the baseball legend.
Both Albright and Williams were less fascinated by the blue water of the offshore canyons than by the shallow flats, mangrove islands and intimate environment of the labyrinthian ''back country,'' the area west of the keys in the Florida bay.
The two men became friends after Williams had heard that anglers in the keys were catching bonefish on flyfishing tackle. Williams, whose skill as a fly fisherman came to rival his reputation as a hitter (he was the last major leaguer to hit .400), called Albright and booked his first trip. At the time, flyfishing in salt water was so novel a pastime that skeptics, convinced that fish like tarpon and bonefish could not be taken on a fly, accused Albright and Williams of fabricating tales. But the fishing was so fine and challenging that Williams eventually bought homes in the keys.
''Jimmie and Ted were a lot alike,'' said Richard Stanczyk, owner of Bud n' Mary's Marina in Islamorada. ''Both of them were competitive, expert, tough and cantankerous. Jimmie had a great sense of humor, but he was also very dedicated and disciplined. He took his guiding seriously, and helped make the industry a legitimate profession.''
When Albright fell upon hard times late in his life, Williams hired a contractor to put a much-needed new roof on Albright's house. ''When the workmen showed up and rang his bell, Jimmie blew a fit,'' Stanczyk recalled. ''He didn't know that Ted had arranged the whole thing.''
Albright is survived by his son, Gary Weber, and a granddaughter, Jean Marie Weber. His wife, Frankee, who was an accomplished angler and tropical horticulturalist, died in 1995.
Nice piece of history riptide. I'm almost embarrased I didn't recognize the knot. But not really, I haven't tied more than ten my whole life, and not counting tonight the last was twenty years ago. But darn this thing works. I think it will be my new go to knot for attaching backing on light reels. I mean heck, its ridden that Hardy for sixty years. What more can you ask on a trout/bluegill reel? If he could only have made the @##%# nail knot that easy.:-)
The Albright is also ideal for affixing a bite tippet or even for rigging a leader butt to the fly line. A little bulkier than a nail knot, it can be tied without a small tube and can not strip coating off the line. A great, indispensable knot.
Riptide : thanks for posting the obit. Captain Jimmy was a living legend where I grew up. I fished a lot in the Islamorada area, and his name was always mentioned with awe and reverence.
I use the Albright knot often. It' s an all around good knot for fishermen to know.