San Diego Jam - Good Snug Knot for All Line Types
Braid makes awesome main line, offering ridiculous strength for diameter and superior limpness for excellent casting. And as many bass anglers know, that’s an ideal combination for pulling in monster females.
The problem is that braid doesn't bite on itself very well, and plenty of good knots just won’t hold in braid like they do in mono.
The solution? A fast, easy-to-tie snug knot that holds like Krazyglue.
Welcome to the San Diego Jam!
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All braided lines are made from either Dyneema or Spectra fibers, and some are then finished with additional coatings to improve durability and abrasion resistance. That makes for incredible strength for diameter, and braid is rightfully legendary for this trait.
But Dyneema and Spectra are ridiculously slick materials, and knots depend on friction to hold. It’s not a question of strength, it’s an issue with slippage.
Imagine a very strong man hanging from a chin-up bar. He’s got grip strength in spades. But if you slick the bar with axle grease before he grips it, his strength won’t matter. There just won’t be enough friction for him to hold, no matter how strong he is.
That’s the problem with braided lines and knot integrity.
The solution comes from clever knot design. The San Diego Jam increases the surface area of the knot’s contact with itself, improving friction exponentially.
The result is an easy-to-tie knot that gives braid the chance to bite.
The San Diego Jam works well in all line types, and it’s a great option for braid-loving anglers because it really holds tight.
But it can fail, and these are the most common reasons: