I developed a knot for joining braid to flouro/mono 12 years ago that is superior to the uni to uni knot in every way, ie stronger, faster to tie and slicker going through guides. These knots were tested head to head by witnesses, including believe it or not, Roland Martin who tied the uni to uni knots in the test. (if you can't believe me ask him) officials from Pure Fishing, Inc were there also as we conducted our little "knot war" at that companies booth at the Bass Pro Shops- Dania Beach, Fl. Product Expo.
tied my knot on one end of a 6' section of Berkley Vanish Flouro and Roland tied his uni to uni knot on the other end. We both used Fire Line as our braid. This test was conducted about 6 times and my knot proved superior EVERY time!
The officials from Pure Fishing were supposed to test my knot on their strain guage and give me the results. I haven't heard back from them. But teaching none other than one of THE best fisherman ever how to tie a knot was an experience I'll never forget. After tying several samples of my knot for Pure Fishing's tests, Mr. Martin insisted that I give it a name, which I hadn"t done to this point. I named it Gary's Deca-Bend.
How can I have you test my knot against the uni to uni (or any other knot you may have proven to be superior during your wars). If there is a knot superior to mine, I want to know so I can use it. If mine is superior, I want all of our Club Members to learn it
Roland isnt the only pro angler to give up on the uni to uni. BASS Elite Series Pro, Jarret Edwards is also a big fan of my knot. Also every guide I have shown it to has converted.
This knot has withstood the strain of a 27 lb Flathead Catfish, caught in 4 ft of water on a Senko using 14 lb braid and 12 flouro. (believe me, I thought I had hooked a State, if not World Record Bass when I set the hook) The beast spooled me 3 times and if not for chasing it with my electric, may still be fighting it. While my knot survived, my Shimano Stradic didnt fare as well, having its drag scorched by the big Flattie.