Do You Make This Mistake Tying The FG Knot?
By: Luke Simonds on January 7, 2016
Ever been in this situation while fighting a fish?
Your line just snapped.
Your Fish is Gone.
Your Lure is Gone.
You are ANGRY…
And as you reel your slack line back in to check to see where the line snapped, you get sick to your stomach as you realize it was the knot you tied where the braid meets the leader…
In other words, it was your fault.
Well, this blog and video should prevent that from happening every again if you are tying the FG knot for your braid to leader connections.
Note: If you aren’t using the FG Knot yet, then click here to see how it continues to outperform all other braid to leader knots in our ongoing knot contest.
The #1 Mistake Tying The FG Knot
The most common mistake I’ve heard from the first video we did about the FG knot has been caused by a very important (but easy to forget) step in the tying process…
It’s the part where the knot gets tightened before the tag end of the leader it cut.
Because without tightening the line, the braid coils don’t dig their grooves into the outer layer of the leader which is what allows the coils to lock into place for good.
And when waiting until after cutting the tag end of the leader before locking in the coils, there is risk of the knot completely sliding off.
Essentially, the FG knot is made up of the following 4 tasks (all of which must be done):
- Thread the leader onto the braid while under tension (16 to 20 wraps)
- Tie 2+ hitch knots to keep coils from unraveling
- Apply tension to main line and leader to lock coils into place BEFORE you cut the tag ends off (This is the step I am continually hearing anglers are leaving out. The braid needs to be so tight at this point that it will be literally digging into the outer layer of the mono – see video and pics below)
- Cut tag ends of leader and braid (note: adding a couple hitch knots with the braid after the leader is cut is a common practice to help make the knot more streamlined)
Before & After (FG Knot)
I took a couple of screenshot of what the FG knot should look like before and after you apply the final tension.
Here is the “Before” pic.
Notice how the braid is certainly tight on the mono leader, but it doesn’t appear to be digging into the outer layer of the mono just yet.
And here is the “After” tension picture.
Notice how incredibly tightly wound this is on the mono line, and notice how the braided line has even turned a slightly darker color because it is in there so tight.
This is how you want it to look before you cut the tag end off.
You will know when the knot is done correctly.
When locked into place correctly, it will be gripping on to the leader line so tight that you would have serious trouble getting it unraveled.
It kind of acts like the old “Chinese Finger Trap”, so once you get even more tension (like fighting a fish), this knot might as well be cemented on there…
Here is the video showing it all below.
The FG Knot “Mistake” [Video]
Note: My testing with this knot has primarily been with PowerPro braid and mono/fluoro leaders. Results of course vary depending on line type. I’ve heard from some that it is prone to slip when using braid that is made to be slick so be sure to test out the knot before fishing with it.
When done properly, this FG knot is very effective, and quite arguably the overall best and strongest braid to leader knot to date.
There is a reason pro anglers like Blair Wiggins of Addictive Fishing and Tom Rowland of Saltwater Experience (who have tried and tested every knot known to man over the past 30 years) are using and talking about this knot.
In my personal testing, the FG knot has consistently outperformed very popular knots like the double uni, Albright special, crazy Alberto, and others by significant margins (20%+).
I’ve been using it for about a year, and have landed nice fish on lighter line that I thought possible… this tarpon was landed on 10 lb line in less than 20 minutes:
So if you’re using braided line with a thicker leader and are open to try a new knot, then I would highly recommend giving this FG knot a try because its has certainly surprised me in how strong it is as well as how easy it is to tie using this tension method.
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