FG Knot 101 Lesson: The Best Method For Beginners
Have you been struggling with tying the FG knot?
What is the best way for beginners to tie the FG knot?
Do not give up!
Learn everything you need to know about the FG knot below!!
FG Knot 101 [VIDEO]
As with any fishing knot, the key is repetition and getting more comfortable with the knot.
In most cases, difficulty with the FG knot has to do with leader material being too thin and flexible.
To get familiar with the knot, it is best to use a thicker leader, even leader you do not plan on using.
It is easier to practice with the heavier, thicker leader than the lighter leader.
After many knot contests, the FG knot proves time and again to be the thinnest knot as well as the strongest knot.
Tying The Knot
Using the tension method, lean a rod up against a chair or in a rod holder that way it is stable.
You want tension on the mainline.
Take the mainline, and wrap it around your pinky finger several times to tighten the tension on the line so you have control over it.
Next, with the tag end of the leader line, wrap it around the mainline wrapping away from you about 4-inches above your pinky finger.
Then, do the same but wrap the leader around the mainline towards you.
This process is threading the main braided line around the leader line.
It is easier to practice this with the thicker line because as you twist and wrap the lines around each other, the leader line does not bend or tangle up.
Repeat the process as described above 16-20 times.
As long as you use 16 or more twists, the knot will hold.
On the last turn, stop when the leader is pointing away from you and in line with the mainline.
The coils formed during this process make up the FG knot and determine the strength of the knot.
The next step is to pinch your thumb down on the coils to keep them stationary.
With the tag end of the braided line, wrap it around the mainline and the tag end of the leader line and then go back through the hole formed by the tag end.
This is called a half-hitch knot.
Tighten after you feed the tag end through the loop formed around the mainline and leader tag end.
Now, the coils are locked into place.
Repeat this again once more for good measure.
This step is vital and if you miss it, the knot itself can fall apart.
After you repeat the half-hitch knot, reach up the mainline and wrap it around your hand three times.
Be careful and use gloves if preferred because braid can hurt and pierce your skin if you aren’t cautious.
What you want to do next is tighten the knot down and you will see the braided line digging into the leader.
This ultimately determines the strength of the FG knot.
If the braid doesn’t dig into the leader material, it can slide off on a cast.
Then, you can cut the tag end of the leader line very close to the knot itself.
One final step is finishing off the knot with 3-4 more half-hitch knots.
The final step is cutting off the tag end of the braided line about 1/4-inches from the knot.
The FG knot is thin because the leader line doesn’t double over and the strength is in the coils.
Because the knot has many coils, the tension on the line is spread out amongst them.
If you are a beginner with regards to the FG knot, start out with thicker leader material and practice until you are able to use lighter and lighter material that you will end up fishing with.
After some practice and repetition, you will find out the FG knot is fairly easy to tie and holds up to any other fishing knot out there.
Be sure to keep practicing and testing your knot’s strength because that is how you will get better at tying knots!
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