Tying the Bristol Knot

The Bristol Knot (also called No-name Knot) provides a streamlined connection between a double line and leader that passes through the rod guides smoothly. It is highly effective for attaching super-braid double line to a monofilament leader.

Tying the Bristol Knot

Tying the Bristol Knot

1. Run a section of the leader material through the end of the loop and several inches up the legs of the loop. All illustrations by Joe Mahler / www.markerjockey.com
Tying the Bristol Knot

Tying the Bristol Knot

2. Wrap the leader around both legs, away from the end of the loop, six or seven times.
Tying the Bristol Knot

Tying the Bristol Knot

3. There are two ways to finish the Bristol: For the first (pictured), insert the tag end of the leader between the leader itself and the end of the loop. As an alternative, you can simply run the tag end of the leader back through the end of the loop in the opposite direction from which it entered (not pictured).
Tying the Bristol Knot

Tying the Bristol Knot

4. Wet the knot and pull it tight carefully. With either version of the knot, it's essential to make sure all wraps snug down tightly and uniformly, or else the knot could slip.