Check out the article "Staying Power" on this site sportfishingmag.com.
These line strength and knot tests are very informative and could change the way you spool up or make a rig. I wish he had tested more knots though.
If Im using braided line tieing to my mono leader then its the "Polomar" knot, if its mono to mono or mono to hook its the "improved cinch" knot or polomar (includes swivels and hardware). I also snell my hooks. Good time tested knots!:wink: