The Bimini Twist
The Bimini Twist creates a strong loop used as a double-line leader which is then utilized for a loop-to-loop set-up.
Uses: The Bimini Twist knot creates a stronger loop that’s used as a double-line leader at the very end of a fishing line, which is then utilized for a loop-to-loop set-up.
Advantages: The Bimini Twist transfers strain gradually throughout the considerable length of the line. It also a more commonly used method, as opposed to the easier to learn Australian Braid.
Tying it: There are many methods recommended to tie a Bimini Twist, which confirms that it can be a tricky technique to learn. Using knees, spare hands, hooks, and commercial knot makers are all valid methods to try. Some sportsmen have reported getting great results using only twelve turns, while others have recommended that anything less than 30 turns fails for successful installment of the braid.
Breaking Strain: The Bimini Twist is believed to conserve 100% of any line’s breaking strain. It’s good to remember, that these results were recorded under ideal conditions, the same results could possibly be achieved under mild fishing conditions. Also, research and testing have show that the knot fails under more extreme conditions. For example, sudden jerks on a dry line can cause friction and heating. This will result in line breakage and lower strain levels. One test was made utilizing a 70 turn Bimini Twist that was tied with a 80lb mono-filament. That knot failed at about 20lb’s of strain.
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Tying the Bimini Twist:
Double up the fishing line into a loop, and perform twenty twists into the end of the loop. Then slip the open end over your knee (or use both knees or your feet for an exceptionaly long loop) and apply steady pressure on both loop ends.
Now lower the hand that holding the loops tag end until that end slips back over the initial twists. Next, open the loops angle end and allow the tag end to roll over the column of twists, towards the end.
When the line rolls down to the twisted end, perform a overhand knot (half-hitch) towards the near side of the loop and secure everything into place. It’s important to maintain tension on all lines.
Now secure the knot and make 3 to 5 overhand knots around the both lines, while working the loop end back towards your original knot. Then tighten-up your overhand knots against the foot of this knot.
Finally, you’ll need to clip the excess tag end to about 1/4 inch.