Designed by Alberto Knie when braided superlines were new to the market, the Alberto Knot is an excellent choice for joining a heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon leader to slender braid.
Strong and reliable, the Alberto uses 14 loops to deliver friction and compression, allowing braid to grip like a 600-pound gorilla.
Nevertheless, the FG knot is stronger and a tad slimmer, making it the better overall choice for connecting braid to a leader--though the Alberto is a lot easier to tie well. That makes a huge difference in the real world, where an easy-to-tie knot will often outperform a more difficult option that’s “rated” as stronger.
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How to Tie the Alberto Knot
- Loop your leader to form a small eye.
- Pass the tag end of your braid through the loop in your leader.
- Loop your braid back over itself 7 times.
- Loop your braid back over these loops, running back toward your leader, 7 times. You want this second layer of loops to overlap the first.
- Pass the tag end back through the loop/eye in your leader.
- Wet your knot and cinch it down.
Why Rely on the Alberto Knot?
- Strong - Connecting braid to a leader can be a tall order, and the Alberto holds really well. Since it’s designed around this very task, it’s one of the best at this job.
- Easy - The Alberto isn’t a particularly challenging knot to tie, and it’s easier than most for creating this connection. Most anglers, for instance, will find this knot vastly easier to tie than the FG.
- Slim - While the FG may be a bit more trim, the Alberto is no slouch here, either.
What’s Not to Love About the Alberto Knot?
Apples to apples, the Alberto fairs well against the more resilient FG, but to be perfectly clear, it’s generally not as strong.
Saltstrong’s tests of 10 lb PowerPro braid to 30 lb Ande fluorocarbon revealed that the FG was roughly 30% stronger than the Alberto in these lines, and that’s a difference worth careful consideration.
Of course, that’s just one head-to-head, and other lines may yield different results. But looking at how the FG works as a knot, I’d expect it to be a bit stronger, though your mileage may vary.
The FG is also a bit slimmer, allowing it to pass through the guide on your rod more easily. That’s especially important in bass fishing, where the guide diameter is likely to be very small.
The Alberto Knot in Braid and Fluorocarbon
The Alberto knot was built around braid, and as you’d expect given that, it’s designed to allow the slick Spectra and Dyneema fibers of superlines to compress and grip.
Braided line is very, very strong for diameter, but the materials from which it is made possess what engineers and scientists call a “low coefficient of friction.” That is, they don’t like to grip themselves, and in knots designed around nylon monofilament, they’ll pull free and fail.
The solution to that problem involves vastly more points of contact to create pressure and friction, and that’s just what the Alberto provides. The fourteen overlapping loops create tons of surface area, and as pressure is applied to the knot, each loop cinches down, creating a large area of tight compression.
This allows the Alberto to grip well, and it’s an excellent choice for connecting braided main line to fluorocarbon or monofilament leader.
When Do Alberto Knots Fail?
The Alberto is a very strong knot that’s easy to get right--and that’s important. While there are stronger knots out there, they’re very hard to tie, and if you do a less-than-awesome job, you can’t expect them to pull their full strength.
For that reason, I really like the Alberto. It’s much easier to tie than stronger knots, making it a great real-world choice.
That said, it can fail, and these are the most common culprits:
- Tying the knot in frayed or damaged line - No knot will hold if the line it’s tied in fails. Always check your line for frays, nicks, and other signs of damage. Don’t take chances - it’s much safer to cut and discard than risk failure on a big fish!
- Forgetting to wet your knot before cinching - To get your knots to bind well, they need to slide into place easily. And without a bit of lubricant, that’s simply not going to happen.
- Not overlapping your loops - The Alberto depends on those loops overlapping as you run back toward your leader. If you don’t overlap them, your knot will pull free.