I used a perfection loop on the butt of the leader to attach to the fly line, but the middle portions I use a seaguar knot -- supposedly stronger than surgeon's or blood knots (or uni). I tried blood knots, but got mixed results -- some held well, and others I "tested" and could break very easily so I gave up on it. Maybe I'm using 2 pieces of mono that are not similar enough in diameter (?)
Anyway, the seaguar feels quite strong and isn't at all hard to tie. It is just as smooth as the surgeon's in the same pound test, so I can't find a reason not to use it honestly.
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You're relatively close to me, we should hook up and hit some water...perhaps I can be of some help...although there's alot more experience on here than I have.
Hey there! Where do you like to fish around here? Do you wade out, or use a canoe? The only places I've hit are gravelly point/roache's run park and 4-mile run thus far. I haven't honed in my casting to get brave enough to fish at a more crowded place
I wouldn't give up on the blood knot so quick. They just don't break if you're tying them right. That seaguar knot is bulky and will catch weeds and a surgeon's knot doesn't finish "straight".
The blood knot is the right one for the job
I usually do 3 1/2 (minimum) to 4 1/2 turns.
The diameter of the material will dictate how many. When the material resists making another turn you'll know that's enough.
The thinner the material, the more turns you'll need
I use a nail knot to connect fly line to 6-8" 50 lb. mono. and put a dot of Flexament or epoxy on the knot. Then tie a perfection loop on the end of it. I then tie a perfection loop onto the butt section of my leader.
For the larger mono sections I use blood knots and leave very small tag ends. I use minute amounts of Flexament or epoxy to strengthen and smooth out these knots so they don't snag. Don't want anything too bulky, because it could affect line travel.
Finally, for the smaller mono sections down to the tippet I use double surgeons knots, but will take a look at the Seaguar knot (sp?) These does not create a perfect linear connection, but will the small dia. mono. I don't think it matters that much.
In 40 years of fishing, I do not recall having a knot fail.
I was using 3 on both sides, and running the tag in opposite directions. Pull it tight, then check it, and *snap*.
No way you could snap a blood knot in heavy weight mono...granted I've never seen you, no normal man would at least.
Ditto what Rip Tide said. The size jump should not matter, as I wrote earlier the standard formula I use for trout leaders is 25# to 12# with a blood knot and it holds! Use the minimum 3 1/2 turns on the 25# and then do 4 1/2 or 5 on the smaller diameter. Hold the tags (in teeth) and pull the lines lightly till they just get tight enough to hold the tag but not cinch down yet. Then lubricate the knots really well and pull slowly to tighten it up. You'll know when you get it right, by look and feel.
Give the double uni knot a try if you can't seem to get the blood knot to work for some reason. It's very easy to tie and has a slim profile while still having good knot strength. Here is a link that shows how to tie it: Double Uni Knot - How to tie a Double Uni Knot