How to tie a Cairns quickie with Paul Worsteling

Paul Worsteling shows how to tie a Cairns quickie, one of his favourite knots for joining a double to a leader. It's ideal for tying quickly, when you're in a big boat in big seas! Paul has caught some monster fish using a Cairns quickie...
Paul Worsteling: If you like the thought of game fishing, or you're already into game fishing, there's a chance you're going to need to tie some form of double to attach your leader. Now, there's a couple of great doubles around there. One is the plaited double, but it takes a lot of time. If you're on a boat in big seas, it can be hard to perfect. This one is called the Cairns quickie. I assume it originated somewhere in far North Queensland, and of course the quickie because it is very, very quick to tie.

All we do is get a piece of mono and work out your desired length of your double. Now, I like to fish wind on leaders, so technically I only need a very short double. It'll do the job. I grab my two bits of line, I pinch them together and make the start of a granny knot. But this is where it goes a little bit different. I literally grab my double, I start the back of my fingers, and I work forward. One, two, three, four, five, six times. Then I take the end of my double, I put it through that loop, and now the key here is to pull them off one at a time, starting at this side and working back. One, two, three, four, and there they go. That is the start of our beautiful Cairns quickie.

A bit of lubrication, once you've done that, just pull it up nice and tight. Pull all four lines, and then just pull the double and the single line. That pulls up nice and tight. Cut our tag off. We can go fairly close. Beautiful. Nice pull, and that is a beautiful knot. Look at the way that knot sits there. That is just absolute gold. What a beautiful thing. So, main line, Cairns quickie down to a double line. On the end of this double line, we can now use a cats paw or any other knot to attach a wind on leader, so we're ready for game fishing.

It is such a quick and effective way of making a double, as you can see. Bang, bang, bang, she's done, and I've caught some monstrous fish on this, from marlin to big mako sharks, you name it. The knot strength is fantastic. The Cairns quickie, it's an absolute gem. Give it a go.