Many people find it difficult to tie a Bimini Twist and prefer a Spider Hitch. Some fishermen claim that the Spider Hitch is stronger than the Bimini Twist. I have tied both and use them both regularly. In my experience, they are both about the same in terms of strength
The Two Turn Blood Knot is a knot designed to tie 2 different diameter lines together to form a very strong connection. This knot can be used with or without a Bimini Twist.
We use this knot quite often for tarpon leaders in the Florida Keys, but it could create a great connection anytime that you needed to tie a shock tippet or to attach two lines of different pound test or diameter together.
I began using Blood Knots (also called Barrel Knots) when I was a trout fisherman and guide in the Rocky Mountains. I much preferred this connection to the Surgeons knot that many others liked. The Blood knot is a sleek compact knot that pulls straight and does not catch vegetation or the rod guides.