How To Tie The FG Knot [Free PDF Guide Included]
Published by Luke Simonds under
Last updated on: June 21, 2016
Why the FG Knot shocked the heck out of my brother and I…
Since launching Salt Strong earlier this year, I have performed several fishing knot strength analysis experiments to make sure that the knots I recommend truly are the best of the best out there in terms of true tension strength… not just angler hype.
Like most anglers, I’ve used the same fishing knots for years just having zero doubt that they were the best out there. In fact, when starting the knot testing, I never thought that I’d find anything new… just that I’d simply be generating proof of the ‘fact’ that the knots I’ve relied of for years would be the strongest.
More specifically, I was eager to prove the dominance of my favorite knot (a unique combo of the perfection loop and a uni knot) in the most important category… braided line to leader connection.
The reason this connection is the most important is because it’s the weakest link in the system for anglers who use light braided line (for maximizing casting distance) to heavier fluorocarbon leader (to withstand the biggest, baddest, and saltiest of fish out there).
For instance, a 50% knot tied on the lure end of a 30 lb leader is stronger than a 100% line-to-line knot one the other end given that it’s to a 10 lb main line… so I was excited to prove to the fishing world that my unique method of connecting my braided line to leader was the best…
The FG Knot Surprise
When I first saw the FG knot, I just knew my favorite line-to-line knot at the time was going to demolish it.
Well, the FG knot only consisted of a series of braided line wraps squeezing the end of fluorocarbon leader… it didn’t even double-back the leader line like all the others… at first I thought it was laughable!
My theory about this tiny knot being weak was so fixed in my mind that I truly did believe I made an error tying my favorite knot when the FG knot beat mine on the first test (the test consisted of me tying them both to a single strand of line and then pulling on it until the weaker knot busted).
However, this incredibly thin FG knot completely humbled me that day as I re-tested it multiple times before realizing that my “unbeatable” knot wasn’t quite as good as I thought.
It then went on to win the line-to-line knot contest I held in January by a significant margin (over 30% as shown in the final four pic below), so I was quick to adopt it as my new favorite.
And this FG knot has done nothing but completely impress me ever since. In fact, I’ve even tested it against every knot recommendation that has come in since posting the FG knot video shown below that somehow went viral on YouTube, and it has continually held its spot at the top… even against very popular knots like the Crazy Alberto, Surgeon, and double line knots like the bimini twist to a bristol.
How to Tie the FG Knot
There are several ways to tie the FG knot. The first way I learned to tie the FG knot was extremely time-consuming, so I was against even recommending this knot given how long it took to tie.
However, I then learned this short-cut method shown that has allowed me to now be able to tie it in under 1 minute, so I now recommend the FG knot for anglers who uses braided fishing line given that it’s both the strongest and thinnest knot that I’ve ever tested, and it can be tied fast if you do it using the method shown below.
Here’s a video showing the short-cut method to quickest and easiest way to tie the FG knot… just click on the image below to watch the video.
FG Knot Video
Free FG Knot Guide [PDF]
Click here to get a single page cheat sheet PDF guide showing the core steps of the FG knot so you can always have it on hand if you need it… it’s 100% FREE!
As anglers, our fishing knots are the only thing we have 100% control over when it comes to landing the biggest fish of the day, so we might as well make sure we use the strongest ones out there for each connection… and we must pay special attention to the connection involving the lighter/weaker line since the overall line system is only as strong as its weakest link.
Although tying the FG knot can take a bit longer than many others (especially when first learning it), it is worth using in my opinion because it has consistently been proving to outperform the others… even while being the thinnest option out there.
Please know that I’m by no means saying it’s the strongest knot known to man… just that it’s the strongest of the many I’ve tested it against for directly connecting braid to fluorocarbon.
Note: If you have a line-to-line knot that you’d like me to try it against, just leave a comment below (or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll be sure to include it in the next round of knot strength analysis.
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