Wind on leader using bimini twist and albright fishing kno

Wind on leader system

A wind on leader system is simply a way of joining leader to your main line, without having a swivel jam in your rod tip.

This can be particularly useful if you want to use a longer leader – which will reduce line breakage around snags as the leader is a far more durable and thicker material. Instead of using a swivel and a short 2 foot leader, you can use any length of leader really, as the knots are small and will easily wind though the guides.

And if you’re serious about catching a better class of fish, you’ll want to avoid damaging or scratching your guides either by hanging your hooks on them or by jamming a swivel into them – as these small scratches can chaff your line and lose you a once in a life time fish!

So a good wind on leader system is the go. We use the bimini twist double down to the albright knot leader.

… and this combination has caught me over 2000 metre plus barra plus tens of thousands of smaller ones plus untold other trophy fish. It is tried and proven!

One of the newer knots that people seem to be using these days is the FG knot. It’s certainly a good one, but if you don’t tie it properly it can let go on you. If that’s your favourite, go ahead and keep using it. But for people that are still using a swivel, I recommend giving the wind on system a go.

Now if you’ve tried a wind on leader system before and the bimini twist is awkward and just takes too long because you seem to need three hands, don’t despair. In this video I’m going to show you a neat trick that avoids that trouble completely and I demonstrate tying a bimini twist in 20 seconds.


Hopefully this helps you tie the bimini and albright with more confidence! Practice a few times a home so that if you need to tie it on the boat, it becomes second nature.

Click the following links for a few more tips you might find useful;

How to get your lures off snags without a lure retriever

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique

Fishing reel tips

Have you heard about our Fish Smarter online fishing courses?

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A rising tide lifts all boat so please share your experience tying a wind on leader below. Have you tried it? Or have you been using it for years using different knots?

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Barrie

    Reply Reply February 22, 2018

    Thanks I use a FG wiz template and Albright which is great but did not even know about the Bimini twist !

  • John

    Reply Reply September 27, 2017

    Once again you have helped an old dog learn a new trick thank you for your time and help appreciate it

  • John

    Reply Reply September 27, 2017

    Once again you have helped an old dog learn a new trick appreciate your time and help thanks

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