The surgeon’s knot is a popular knot for connecting two lines of equal or different diameters.

Its popularity is due to how easy and quick this knot is to tie along with the impressive strength of the surgeon’s knot.

However, there are multiple ways to tie this popular knot that need to be considered… most important of all is matching the amount of turns in the knot to the type of line you’re using.

For example, a 3 turn surgeon is sufficient for a mono to mono connection, but it’ll unravel if used to connect a braid to a mono leader.

So for connecting a braided line to a mono or fluoro leader with a Surgeon’s knot, it is essential to make more turns.

We did some testing, and 6 is now our recommended minimum when using a braided line.

Click on the link below to see how the Surgeon’s knot did against some of the most popular other options in a recent knot contest we held:

The Strongest Line-to-Line Fishing Knot (Mono-to-Mono Knot Contest)

10 Comments

  1. LBCBassKings

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I've been using this knot for years and never really knew the name of it. Caught some big striped bass with this knot using 30lb power pro and 15lb flouro with 5 wraps. Still haven't seen one undone.

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  2. Conservative lefty

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    How well will this knot hold up going through the rod guides with hours of casting lures?

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  3. Lorne Hargis

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Your test results are on a 3 turn surgeons knot but this video shows 6 turns. Is the 6 turn a higher breaking strength than 13 lbs? Thx

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  4. GameCastCubed

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I can't mange to get this to work on heavier fluoro

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  5. Eric W

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    So what works better, this knot or uni to uni knot?

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  6. Mitch

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    that sure did seem really simple. Will this work for flouro and briad?

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  7. NthFishing

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Is this as small as the fg knot?

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  8. John Butler

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you…nice and simple but effective.

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  9. OGxxRambo

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Is this just for mono leaders?

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  10. Bepis

    March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Hey WASUP and bc I can first

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