• Published:January 21, 2019
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Few knots are more popular or trusted than the Bimini Twist.

After all the advancements in tackle we've seen over the years, it's still the knots we tie in monofilament and braided fishing line that determine the outcome of any encounter.
There are several knots that can be utilized to create a double line, but it is widely accepted that the Bimini twist is the strongest of them all.

However, the Bimini twist isn’t really a knot at all. The friction created by the twisting motion holds the “knot” together, with a series of half-hitches at the end simply keeping the line from unraveling.

After making the necessary twists, 20-turns for monofilament, it’s time to walk the tag line onto the main line. It’s important to remember that as you wrap the line back onto itself, the first three to five wraps are the most critical.

When tying a Bimini twist in monofilament, be careful not to spread the legs too far. Here, it’s best to use the smallest angle and least amount of pressure. Any unnecessary friction could damage the line.

When tied properly the Bimini twist has proven to retain nearly 100 percent of the manufacturer’s rated breaking strength of your chosen line. Whether connecting a wind-on leader to the main line, fly line to backing or if you simply want a stronger connection to attach a swivel, the Bimini twist is still your best choice.


With the widespread use of ultra-thin diameter lines across all types of fishing and applications, anglers have since modified the technique used in the Bimini Twist with a varying number of twists for braid.

When tying a Bimini in braid, most anglers prefer 40 or more twists and it’s important your knot seats perfectly. It can get a little tricky to keep all of that line neatly cinched down. With monofilament, the knot coils down over itself rather easily. With braid, you must be great care to ensure the coils remain in line with one another.

After wrapping the line back onto itself tie a single half hitch around one leg, then five individual half hitches around both legs, completing the knot with a four-turn half hitch.

When tying a Bimini Twist to create a relatively short double line, you can use your toe or a cleat to hold the line as you pull your wraps on top of each other. If you need to make a larger double line, you may need another person to hold the line for you. Either way, the Bimini Twist is a knot that all anglers should learn. Click here to watch a video showing you how to tie a Bimini Twist in 30 seconds.