The Australian Braid or Plait Knot forms a strong reinforced loop at the end of a fishing line, which is then used as part of a loop to loop knot. It is similar to the Bimini Twist, but with a smaller diameter and not as well known. Those anglers who prefer it consider the Australian Braid to be quicker to tie and easier to learn.
This knot distributes the stress of pulling force over a greater area by using a braid construction. Some anglers apply rubber glue to the tag end for extra insurance, too. Learn how to tie the Australian Braid Knot following the 12 steps below.
Step 1: Form a loop leaving extra line in the tag end. Braid the loop and tag end together. Move the top seciont of the top loop over the bottom section of the top loop to form a figure eight.
Step 2: Now pass the the tag end loop (the bottom loop) through the newly formed upper loop.
Step 3: Move the bottom section of the bottom loop over the top section of the bottom loop.
Step 4: Pass the tag end loop (the top loop) through the bottom loop.
Step 5: Move the top section of the top loop over the bottom section of the top loop to form a figure eight.
Step 6: Pass the tag end loop (the bottom loop) through the newly formed loop above it.
Step 7: Continue to braid the two loops following the steps above.
Step 8: Continue to braid the tag end and loop until you have enough leader material.
Step 9: Wrap the tag end 3 to 4 times around and through the existing loop.
Step 10: Complete the braid using a bight in the tag end.
Step 11: Lubricate and pull tightly on the tag end to secure the knot.
Step 12: Trim the tag end.