Kevin there are only 3 knots you have to learn , the bimini twist which doubles your braid and you need to double it , this is the best and strongest knot for when you double , it is also the hardest to do out of the 3 . Probibly best for someone to sit down with you and teach it to you , i did this with another forum member last week .
The next knot to learn is the back to back uni knot or the yucatan knot , these are for joining your flurocarbon ( trace ) to your doubled braid line . I used to do the double uni knot but have recently changed to the yucatan knot as i think this is a little better when casting and probibly easier to tie .
The last knot to learn is a uni knot which i use or think a lefties loop which i havnt learnt . These 2 knots are for tieing your jighead to your flurocarbon ( trace ) .
If you are going to try softbaiting you need to learn these knots , you cant do it half arsed and be useing swivels ect . You also need a softbait rod and reel .
Softbaiting is a very , very , very effective way of fishing and i hardly ever use bait anymore , it also brings back the enjoyment of fishing , big fish on light gear is a rush !
I would suggest you go and buy the january copy of NZ FISHING NEWS as this has an article on the knots and pictures to follow .
Tackle store salesman will usually tie knots for you the first time also , but i suggest you just practice , practice and practice more .
The bimini twist drove me mental for 12months before i sussed it out .
Good luck , if you live in auckland i dont mind showing people how to tie some of these tricky knots .