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Whether a Florida Keys tarpon or Kansas crappie, good knots improve casting and secure hookups. Envato Image.

Two knots from Mexico, both gaining in popularity with South Florida fly fishers and conventional anglers alike

By Skip Clement

The first knot secures two lines of dissimilar diameters and materials. The second knot has a name – Yucatan Knot, and some nice things are said about it by high-profile Florida Keys/Biscayne Bay/Everglades National Park anglers and charter captains.

Both knots earn a look because they’re so easy to tie, remarkably so, and they both ‘seem’ to be extraordinarily strong. I tested the unnamed knot, and it held better than my standard that joins lines. The Yucatan is well-known and making a comeback in the Keys locker rooms.

However, home-boy tests are not worth ‘shite,’ especially when they declare a knot better than a such-and-such knot. Be diligent in accepting ‘internet’ forums, blogs, and online hearsay chatter.

Take a minute and run both of these up the flagpole and see what you think

The Yucatan Knot is stronger than the Albright

As single strand knots, both the Abright and Yucatan excellent, but the Yucatan is the strongest mono leader to braided line knot, according to the video tyer [Spanish language].  Developed by fishermen off the coast of Mexico, the Yucatan Knot can be confused with the Alright Special.


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