Knot to tie braided line to monofilaments - an original from the 90s Izorline invasion

The "c-bend" is a fast connection to get back into the action, easy to tie, and requires no splicing supplies. 

The knot is derived from the double sheet bend, a well known sailor's knot for bending a heaving line or any other two lines of dissimilar size.   The finished c-bend is a 9x sheet bend (but it can be tied with 12x or 14x wraps), with a four wrap unwind, modified to work with modern spectra, braid, nylon, or fluorocarbon.  Contemporary simple searches on the web returned a variety of knots and many appear to have been plagiarized and renamed, but not this one.   It will only be found here at DH..

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C-Bend Notes

This is an original work, a knot I came to use in the 1990s after a long look at Ashley's Book of Knots.  With practice, it can be tied and tightened on a windy deck.  No specialty glues, crimps, or expensive tools are needed.  I showed it to quite a few people back in the '80s and early '90s. 

The nip is spread out and multi-contact.  In an ideal c-bend knot, the working end's pull is transferred to the whole series of exterior wraps.  Those exterior wraps are buffered from any direct contact with monofilament by the inner wraps of the tag section, or so that's the theory of why this knot is better than others that put full pull spectra in direct contact with full pull monofilament.

Tying the knot, the final tuck back through the c-shaped bend in the mono gets the knot lined up for tightening.  But in the tied knot, the "tuck" is a series of 4 to 5 wraps buried inside the knot.  It doesn't matter if the tag end of the braid frays or passes back through the doubled mono because the knot stays tied.

If you tie the C-bend "inside out," without dropping a loop first, with the working end of the spectra on the inside of the knot and the following wraps on the outside, you get a Royal Polaris knot aka an Alberto knot.  That knot has a nip that cuts the mono at the bend in a single spot right where it matters, and a single tuck that once undone completely unravels the knot, neither of which are desirable in a fishing knot.  Go figure why one crappy knot is fodder for the internet and the other, better knot has disappeared from the lexicon.

 

 

9 wrap C-bend.  30# Cortland braid to 50# Izor mono left just a bit loose to show detail.