Loop the braid to double the braid before knotting it and use a double UNI knot to join braid to mono. It is an exceptionaly strong knot. The single UNI with the braid doubled is great for swivels etc.That knot won't work, but the albright knot is I think the one I use.
In the animation, the blue line is the braid and I (probably excessively) wrap around about 15 times.
Thats the way I was shown too, a great way to do it....To save wasting braid and time, I was told to load the braid onto a spare spool first, then fill up with mono, Then rerwind onto your other spool, seems a long way round, but the number of times I have put backing on then main line ( mostly fly line I admit ) only to find I need more / less backing, so off it all comes again. This method means wind on once and you know you have enough on the spool.
You do get the (very) occasional bad spool of braid ; sometimes it can have 2 or 3 weak points in 300 yards, and you won't see or feel them as loading it on or winding it back in.Whilst we're talking about braid, has anyone got an opinion of it's life expectancy in use?
We all know that mono can be affected by UV light and gradualy deteriorates over time, but what about braid.
I ask because I have heard of one season old braid just snapping for no apparant reason. And I don't mean on a knot, it has been snapping on the main run of line at several different points.
I used braid for the first time uptiding last season and it was snapping every other cast midway - got right on my nads! no problem reeling in any weight etc, took it back to the shop to complain and the guy run a very sharp scalpol around my fujis and found a hairline crack invisible to the naked eye! presto