Both Fresh and Saltwater anglers find good use for the Snell. It is a simple but strong knot that wraps around the hook shank rather than just going through the eye of the hook. The snell positions the hook for a good hook set. Many bass fishermen like this knot and you will see pre tied rigs in bait shops. There is no need to buy pre-tied rigs. Watch this short video using high visibility cord and you will be able to tie your own Snell Knot.
When doing seminars, I always leave time for questions. Over the years, the most frequently asked question is "How do I attach Braided Line to Fluorocarbon?"
There are many ways to make this connection successfully, but if my life depended on the strength of this connection, I would tie a Bimini Twist in the Braided Line and then use a Double Uni Knot to connect the two lines.
The Bimini Twist doubles the line making any knot you tie stronger than it would be with a single line. The Bimini Twist looks difficult upon first seeing it, but I assure you that it is not difficult. You can see how to tie it step by step in this article and video.
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.