Fastest Way To Tie The Amazing FG Knot [Free PDF Guide Included]

By: Luke Simonds on April 30, 2015
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Why the FG Knot shocked the heck out of my brother and I…

Since launching Salt Strong, I have performed many 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…

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!

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.

Why?

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.

fg knot

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

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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!

Conclusion

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 fish@saltstrong.com) and I’ll be sure to include it in the next round of knot strength analysis.

Related Posts: 

1. The Best Fishing Knots Of All Time [Ranked Strongest To Weakest]

2. How To Tie The Perfect Leader Assembly For Inshore Fishing

3. What Is The Proper Drag Tension To Use For A Fishing Reel?

P.S. – Be sure to share this post with any of your fishing friends who use braided line because they may not yet know about this very strong and thin braid to leader knot.

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!

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Billy Ackerman
6 days ago

After tying my first FG Knot successfully I’ve begun to wonder. Is it good for multiple trips or should I cut it and make a new one every trip? Thanks

Mike Ratterman
12 days ago

I can’t seem to keep my leader from slipping when I go to pull the two lines tight….as I attempt to cinch the lines together, prior to tying the two inch knots, the leader just slides out! Am I using too light or small diameter leader?? I was using 30lb braid and a 12lb fluorocarbon leader. Ended up tying a uni to uni. Please help.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

To connect the leader to the rig – barrel swivel, or another knot?

Pete Turner
1 month ago

Great article (and great site)! For those who routinely use longer leaders (and therefore pull line to leader knots through rod guides regularly), do you have an alternate recommendation to the FG knot? Historically I’ve used a J knot, but I’m hoping to find something a little thinner and more streamlined to cut down on friction. Using 6 – 15 lb braid main to 8 – 20 lb flouro leader, would an Alberto knot or Double-Double Uni (or something else) be strongest? Thanks again for all of your informative content.

Dustin Lynn
1 month ago

Just gave this knot a shot on a new rod I received as a gift with “micro” eyes. First attempt was complete fail, but the 2nd came out pretty good and will slide right through those mini-eyes….. I did realize that I was snugging it too tight the first time around when doing the 20-22 hitches, it seems like you just want to pull the leader enough to get that hitch to slide down close to the previous one. I’m sure this is a knot that gets better with time and you’ll get the “feel” of it. But super impressed so far. Just hopefully I don’t lose that lunker tomorrow morning or I’ll be looking for you Mr. Luke! J/k ha-ha, thanks again for sharing.

Dustin Lynn
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Duly noted, thanks for the update Luke.

Omer Bunn
Omer Bunn
2 months ago

What keeps the half hitches from working there way loose?

Bruce Brothers
2 months ago

How do you prevent the leader end from sliding directly through the knot? Try it.

Bruce Brothers
2 months ago

The problem is you can side the leader right through the knot from the leader end after the knot is tied.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady
3 months ago

Have you ever tested the J knot for joining fluoro to braid? I have successfully used it for a few years but never tested it against other knots.

RICHARD FIORENTINO
3 months ago

After watching this video a couple of years ago ( when I joined SS) , I have used it exclusively , tying it only before I am on the water as my eyes and fingers don’t work so good anymore. I use the double uni on the water. This not is superior to anything else and I thank you for teaching me the best way to tie it. The only thing I do differently, as my eyes are not focused when holding the braid in my mouth, is I tie the braid to a heavy mug on my desk for the tension. Thanks again, and thanks for Salt Strong. It is well worth the annual dues!

Victor
Victor
3 months ago

Hi!
Fishing guy here from Sweden! 🙂
Have been reading som of your posts about knots. REALLY interesting and feels good that you have som “facts” with The tests. Not the classical I know the best, use it all the time bla bla..
My Question are know. I am gonna make my own leader now for the northern pike (muskie little brother) and I am not sure what knot to use.
Leader is hard mono and main line braided.
Whould you go the the fg knot? Or the rapala knot that gives your plastic/Rubber bait more free motion? Or the doubble ginner knot that my friend uses. Is The rapala knot weaker then the fg knot?

Best regards Victor

Larry Poe
4 months ago

I am having trouble with this knot. Only about 1 out of 10 look like yours .The rest look like the leader has “balled up” on itself. I wonder if I am putting too much tension on the braid or too much tension on the leader. Very few commenters have complained about the ease of tying this knot but I wonder if those like me are just not commenting. I use a double uni for braid to leader and really like the thinner profile of the FG and want to get it to work.

Larry Poe
4 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Braid: Suffix 832 40#
Leader: Yo-Zuri Fluoro carbon 15#
Good thought…I just grabbed some “extra” stuff I had. Maybe be I should be using a lighter braid and a heavier flouro

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago

the last knot it used to lock in the wraps seemed to look like a clove hitch to me / killer looking knot / will use it next time

Terry
Terry
6 months ago

Wonder if this could work to tie on a swordfish wind on of 200-300lb mono with 80-100lb braid.

C Michael Pierce
C Michael Pierce
9 months ago

Can this knot be used to tie leader to a floating flyline or is just for braid???

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 months ago

I spent many years in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, & Explorers (for BS over 18), + 20 yrs in the military, so I’m disappointed in your lack of proper knot terminology!! Many Scouts, military, farmers, boaters & climbers would recognize your so-called ‘Hitch Knots’ as a ‘Half-Hitch’ knots!! Also, the ‘knot’ where you run the leader from one side of the braided line to the other, which, if run back under itself each time, reminds me of the ‘Sheep-Shank’ knot, which I was told was also one of the strongest knots, especially when trying to connect two lines of different diameters, again, essentially what you are doing when connecting that leader to the braided line!!
Richard A. Moors, AQ1 U.S. Navy (Retired) (Life Scout, Explorer, & Corn-fed Buckeye Farm Boy)

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Anonymous you are quite the hero. As we all know, knots only work when we use the correct (in your mind) nomenclature. Thank you for setting us straight. Let’s all go over to your very popular website and critique your nomenclature.
I’ll wait.
I bet you have LOTS of friends.

John Farmer
John Farmer
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I agree. In the context of people who fish, it’s a freakin’ FG knot. Try your technical jargon in some other forum where appropriate, Moore-on. You obviously don’t know much about communication. The effectiveness of communication is judged by the response that you get. Try going into a fishing shop talking about your “correct” terminology and see what response you get.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Really that’s what you have to say

David Tyson

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Since you want to be technical the sheep shank is a knot used to shorten a length of rope. Sheet bend connects 2 lines of different diameter and also has a very different way of tying it. The running the line back over itself is more similar to a whip knot.

Beau
Beau
1 year ago

I would also like to add that I typically fish hard and fast as long as the conditions agree

Beau
Beau
1 year ago

I have used both this knot and the double uni. They both are strong and both last about the same amount of time when reeled thru the guides. The solution for either knot is retie every 30 mins or have numerous rods with the same rig you are catching the fish on. Longer fluorocarbon equals more big bites and maximizing fishing time equals more chances at big bites.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Seagaur knot mono to mono

James McKinney
1 year ago

After struggling with the FG coming out correctly I found a video on You Tube that shows how to tie it on slack line which will work better for me when fishing from the Yak. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQmUN0L4F6c

Mike Wells
1 year ago

Hey Luke, do you use a swivel anywhere? if not will the baited hook and lure turn around and around while retrieving?

Mike Wells
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke, I can’t wait to try this!

Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews
1 year ago

Can this knot be used like a nail knot on fly line?

RICHARD FIORENTINO
1 year ago

Luke – have you tried this knot? I have some trouble with the FG – Thanks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijL8aMkLHKw

RICHARD FIORENTINO
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke

David Thomas
David Thomas
1 year ago

Why will my knot not lock down?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  David Thomas

Mine won’t lock either. The leader pulls out

John P Lotz
John P Lotz
1 year ago

OK it’s great for leader to main line but can I use it for mono backing to main line 80# mono to 80# braid
TKS

John P Lotz
John P Lotz
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

THANKS MUCHLY

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Hi I was wondering if you have tried to snell a hook with a knotless knot. It’s what I use to tie all my hooks and i have never had a problem. It’s the fastest easiest way I have found to snell a hook. I have never tested it though. Thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Why don’t you tie the hook to the braided line?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Can this be used with larger lines like 50# braid and 80-100# leader?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thank you…really dont wanna lose a Tarpon…lol

Kevin Varnell
Kevin Varnell
1 year ago

Great video. Thanks for showing us how to do this. So now I’m wondering. What if I put some super glue on the knot after it’s finished? Just curious, since when I make a wind on leader, after the serve is done, I was told to glue the serve. Would this make it any better???

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Great article even a year later 😄 I’m curious on your sharp edges from glue comment. My understanding of super glues is the powder when failed in the deep small pores of materials. I’m not aware of any shard development

Carlos Corrales
Carlos Corrales
1 year ago

Who invented the FG kNOT

James McKinney
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

While there is no proof to the theory posed above – I do know several fishing guides and most do drink a beer or two and a bar is as good a place as any to invent things. I know some of the best ideas I have ever had came to me in a bar. Exception being if Tequila is involved. Not the best idea producing spirit from personal experience.

Rick Danciu
Rick Danciu
1 year ago

That was the best instructional vid I’ve seen on tying Flourocarbon to braid, and I’m a old dude.

Todd Foster
Todd Foster
1 year ago

Will it work with leadcore line?

Jack cross
Jack cross
1 year ago

Does fg work on regular mono

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

How do you tie a half hitch in the braid when it’s on you’re rod an reel , you had to untie it from the chair ?

RICHARD FIORENTINO
1 year ago

Luke – sorry – forgot link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQmUN0L4F6c

RICHARD FIORENTINO
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

thanks Luke

RICHARD FIORENTINO
1 year ago

Luke- Have you seen this? Start at 5:00 mark of video

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Hey mate. Good stuff there. That is a great way to get that fg tied. Couple observations. There is no such thing as a “hitch knot”. It is either a hitch or a knot. So in finishing the fg you are using half hitches to finish the knot. Also, may be good to mention that wrapping braid around your hand to pull and set the knot is a good way to give yourself a helluva cut. I know it works for the demo, but in practice probably not a good method. Thanks for posting. Keep up the good work. Tight lines!

Bill Godwin
1 year ago

Just joined the Insider Club and sorting all through the great information. My first comment here…

I found the video for the FG knot some time ago and have been using it with success…as long as the knot remains outside the tip guide during casting and using leader material of higher test than the braid.

My question is…if using 12# high vis mono for backing on a Quantum Cabo 400 reel and then 150 yards of 20# Power Pro high vis braid, will the FG knot between the backing and braid likely fail if I catch that once in a lifetime fish that takes me into the backing?

Thanks for all the great info!

Bill

Tiger Fish
1 year ago

Just re watched the video after watching the video on the three things that can go wrong with the knot.
I learned that its realy important to lock the knot with one half hitch in one direction, pull tight and then another half hitch in the opposite direction. This locks the half hitches. So if your first half hitch starts out over the main and mono you up and through. Then do anotherhalf hitch but go under both lines down through the loop. When you get it right both half hitches line up and the lines are next to eachother exiting in the same direction. Now its locked. Then finish as the video shows.

Another technique i use to start the wrap
Take the main line and wrap it around a button on my fishing shirt. A few wraps, so when i lean the fishing pole away from me I have constant tension on the main line. Now take the mono and hold it in your left hand and hold it at 90 degrees to the main line. Start the wrap by bending the mono behind the main line and then come back to 90. Now bend the main line behind the other side of the main line and come back to 90. This should give you your first wrap. Do a few more and keep the mono at 90. Push the wraps down to the fist wrap as you pull the main line tight around the leader. Continue till you are ready to finish the knot with the half hitch.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Tiger Fish

Tried alternating it and it still always unravels

Jarvis
Jarvis
1 year ago

An amazing knot! My new favorite. Rivals the Improve Clinch for how often I am using it. I use surgeon knots instead of hitch on the end. Less likely to come undone. Thank you with all my fishing passion!

Bob W
Bob W
1 year ago

Started using the FG knot 5 years ago. 30# spiderwire to 50# fluorocarbon leader. As long as you keep it snug when tying. Works great. Use gloves to snug up. Have had line break but never at knot.
Knot is low profile, so will slide through guides easily for longer casts.

Jim Casey
Jim Casey
1 year ago

This knot cost me a $25 lire I the Cape Cod Canal after casting maybe 5 times the knot unraveled and the mono and my lure launched into the middle on the canal . I will not use it on any situation again .

Barry Rashkin
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Can the FG knot be used on monofilament line

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Casey

thats because you did it wrong.

Den
Den
1 year ago

Love this knot – thanks for the easier method.

Ray LaCour
Ray LaCour
1 year ago

That FG knot might take a tiny bit longer than the one I’ve been doing,but the one I’ve been doing isn’t reliable. Going to do this for all my rods.

Don Johnston
1 year ago

Tied my first FG just 5 min ago. Using 15# J-Braid x4 with 30# Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon. Got a cataract in my right eye so I’m blind in one eye and can’t hear out the other…fingers must be losing sensitivity as I could barely feel that thin braid line. No problem with the fluro. Holding the line tight in my teeth I needed to smile a big toothy grin as I almost cut through my lip with that thin line. Got it wrapped up and fumbled a half hitch on it. Let my cramping hands rest just a bit then put the other half hitch on. Cut fluro and threw on 4 more half hitches to help cover the fluro stub. Cut the braid (need better scissors as the stub looks frayed) Seems to be holding but was afraid to pull tighter for fear of slicing through my fingers…yes with the thin braid. Did I mention that the braided line is very thin?

All in all I call it a success and I think it will hold. If it doesn’t, I’ll let you know that it was the biggest fish I ever hooked into and it was his fault.

Don Johnston
1 year ago
Reply to  Don Johnston

Just an update. Yesterday I went out for only 45 minutes before heading to my volunteer job. Divito Park is on the way so I stopped there. After a half dozen casts I checked my FG knot. I would have lost my bucktail jig on the next cast. The problem I think was the fluoro tag end kept hitting the final eye on my rod causing it to loosen up. I’ll try again and if no luck, I’ll try one of the competitor knots.

Don Johnston
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks for the reply and late on a Friday night! I probably saw that post because I remember that being said. And I agree. That is why I will probably switch over to a more rod guide tolerant knot. The reason for that is I watched the video post on leaders. I like the idea of tying on a 3′ to 4′ leader so I only have to tie the “easier” knot every time I have to re-hook due to sharp mouthed fish bites. Until I start getting bites, I will give the FG a few more chances on shorter leaders.

Josh
Josh
1 year ago

I can’t trust a knot they works by cutting grooves into the leader. Braid – leader Size have to be a match etc…and is a pain to tie…
Alberto Albright and slim beauty all work great.

Josh
Josh
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Yep that’s my go to. Then Albright with a leader 10lb or under.. (Alberto breaks 10lb line) and slim beauty with smaller guides (not because it’s smaller but because the braid rests ahead of the leader knot which protects the knot from catching or taking damage just ahead of the knot on the guides).

Duane
Duane
1 year ago

I fish offshore and we use 200 yards of 80 to 100lb mono topshot tied to 80 to 100lb braid ..will this knot work with that heavy of mono ?

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago

I have a knot that has never broke. The floro will before knot.. however I have no idea the name but I’ll explain kinda how it’s done… take your tag end of floro and make a loop.. then take your tag end of braid and run through the loop.. after it’s through loop, make 5 or 6 wraps down. After your last wrap. Turn around and start wrapping back towards your loop 8 to 10 times.. after u finish wrapping. Take your braid tag end and past it through the loop on the opposite side from where u initially started after u made your loop.. wet your floro n hold tag end in mouth, then sench down.. may need to help braid but once senched down, pull lines tight n cut ends………… only my problem with fg knot is it unravels… Thanks n try out…

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Why not (pun intended) place a drop of superglue or Pliobond right at your your trimmed end of the locking half hitches?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Have you tested it against the PR knot? They look almost identical after they’re tied but in all the tests I’ve seen the PR always comes out on top

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Knot don’t work on 200 pound line

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

It worked for me

Doug Mathews
1 year ago

Hi Luke,

I love the info on SaltStrong so keep it coming!

I am going to be doing some freshwater fishing in N. Georgia next week. After doing research, I see that most of the fishermen up there tend to use 4-6lb leaders. I use 10lb braid on all of our reels and I am wondering what knot you would recommend to attach a lighter leader to braid?

We will only be up there for a week and I don’t want to bother respooling any reels.

D

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

If I have 30lb braid reeled onto my reel, what lb floro should I tie to it?

Eric Bardes
2 years ago

Luke, I love this knot but today I lost a 34″ cobia at the boat? When I took pressure off the fish and grabbed the leader the knot came undone of the Floro and the thing swam away!!!! Ever have this happen and or what do you think I did wrong? Only thing I could think is the floro stretched and became thinner ??

Eric Bardes
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke ! All makes sense now but damn I was smelling cilantro on my ceviche!! Hindsight, I should have used the net………….

RICHARD FIORENTINO
2 years ago

Luke – have you ever heard of the RP (Royal Palms) knot?
thanks

SM0kiE
SM0kiE
2 years ago

Will this knot work on regular carbon line??

informative video!! thx

Manny Rodriguez
Manny Rodriguez
2 years ago

Thank you for all your tips and sharing your knowledge with everyone. I have used everything that I’ve learned with much success.

Paul Turner
2 years ago

Joe, excellent demo. I commend you on your ability to answer so many questions with detail ,and above all, PATIENCE. YOU ARE GOOD. Thanks

Ray Sullivan
2 years ago

Excellent demo!! Thanks!!!!

Doug Weaver
Doug Weaver
2 years ago

Can you do this with fly line and leader?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Doug Weaver

Hmm, not sure you’d want to do that to your expensive fly line. Essentially you’d have to strip the coating off a large section of the line in order to have enough braid to work with. Best connection I have found for this is the Needle Nail knot (optional coating w/Pliobond) which essentially works by a similar squeezing action to prevent slippage. And you couldn’t go with braided leader because you’d end up with a hinging effect and your cast would collapse. Your fly line needs a continuance of pushing motion as it unrolls from your casting loop through the stiff leader butt and on down the tapered mono to the fly in order for the whole cast to lay out.

Kerry Burgess
2 years ago

I don’t use braid I use Fireline. This knot don’t work well with Fireline. Any recommendations?

Casey
Casey
2 years ago

Someone told me a long time ago that to strengthen my knots, to put a drop of super glue on it. I’m sure I’ll get severely chastised for this, but, right or wrong?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

How about Pliobond?

Ken Estep
Ken Estep
2 years ago

Great illustration on your part and really made it an easy knot to tie. Heading to Toledo Bend in the morning and will try it.

Justine Forbes
2 years ago

braid to flouro, how about mono or one of the hybrid/combo line types? Same knot?

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Justine Forbes

Double nail knot

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Do you have an article on the benefits of using the fluorocarbon leader vs. tying directly to braid?

Gordon Janssen.
Gordon Janssen.
2 years ago

Cool. Really nice. Thanks

Bob Mauro
2 years ago

i know this knot will hole, but are you against using swivels to do this line to line, just asking ….????

AV8R73
2 years ago

Watched the video, tried the knot. I was skeptical and tested the knot using a fish scale. 30 lb braid to 20 lb fluorocarbon. The knot held, the flouro failed as expected, but the break was well away from the knot. Repeated the same test for verification. Same result. I was surprised. I am still curious to know if the characteristics of the braid may allow it to loosen up over time as some have reported. The tiny size, smoothness, and strength of the knot is impressive. The longevity will take some time to test but I will try and give it a fair test.

Joe R.
Joe R.
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Mr. Simonds, given that typical 30lb braid is .011 diameter and 20lb fluorocarbon is .016 diameter, please explain what you mean by thicker braid.

Joe R.
Joe R.
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thank you Luke for your for your very detailed response. Excellent explanation!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m a long time fisherman and this is the first time I have seen this knot…. and it is awesome! Question I have is if you have tested it to join braid backing to FlyLine?? Curious if there is any chance the braid wraps will pull off the flyline coating?

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Luke, I meant tying the braid flyline backing onto the thick fly line instead of a leader . I will test this out and see how it does. Agreed it does not make sense on the flyline to leader connection.

Michael Dillman
2 years ago

As a new inshore fisherman (Indian River Lagoon) I am using the same knots I use for fly fishing. Surgeon s loop on the braid and on the leader & run one through the other. What potential problems will I have with this system

David Burns
David Burns
2 years ago

Tried it, a lil sloppy at first but got my first one done. Stress the tension needed as you do the 20 loops, the first few I did came undone. I think I have it know, great advice.

RICHARD FIORENTINO
2 years ago

Luke – tied my first F G today. A little sloppy, but feels strong. A little tougher to tie than the double uni, but I guess it’s worth it.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

THANKS FOR THE DEMO.

Travis Bauman
Travis Bauman
2 years ago

Thanks for making us understand through a demo.

RICHARD FIORENTINO
2 years ago

I am older and my sight and dexterity is not what it used to be. I use swivels most of the time to attach leader. Is this a problem?

Will Robinson
Will Robinson
2 years ago

I’ve had problems with my line breaking, always while casting, the knot is intact and the mono broken right at the Albright. I’ve recently started surf fishing for stripers where I’m casting heavy plugs which seems to make this worse (and quite expensive). How well does this knot hold up with heavy impact going through the eyes of the rod which is where my issue has always been.

ALbert
ALbert
2 years ago

WHAt is an FG knot? What does FG stand for?

Sven
2 years ago

Just got back from the ReelAnimals show in Tampa. All the guides are using a bimini twist to a uni to get a doubled braid on the leader. Would like to see a comparison. How much does the bimini twist work as a shock/stretch ?

Francois Taljard
2 years ago

I must say a very elegant knot. I do mostly finesse fishing so use very light line. I tried the knot on 6lbs HMPE Braid (it is a silky type of braid) did about 22 twists onto 8lbs fluro but the fluro still pulled out. Increased to 32 twists much better initial hold but it was as if the fluro slowly worked its way out of the knot till it reaches a slipping point.
Any suggestions?

rick
2 years ago

can you use this knot on heavy braided line like 65 or even 100 bl and tie it to 50-75 leader or is just for lighter lines

old eyes
2 years ago

Hi when I click to get the PDF print out I get error 604
any suggedtiond please

Bassman
Bassman
2 years ago

Just tied 25 FG knots 30# braid to 10# flour looks great will this line combo hold up fishing?

Aaron
Aaron
2 years ago

I love the knot. I do use the extra 2 hitches at the finish to try to cover the mono. My problem with the knot is that after casting a while the braid hitch knots loosen and I begin to get a tag of loose braid. I can use a small drop of glue on the braid tag end but that does add a touch of hardness to what is a nice smooth and soft knot. Any suggestions? This question may have already been answered in the long comment section and if I missed it I apologize.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Aaron

Small drop of super glue will solve that

coach dean
coach dean
2 years ago
Reply to  Aaron

Me too , also try clear fingernail polish. I have caught 40 lb reds and a few casts later I had knot failure with no load , then I added super glue and no failure after hundreds of casts. Best knot ever ,but don’t forget the super glue.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

When I go after big fish, and I have braid to mono, I always tie a double polymar. Takes a little time but super strong and knot is not that big

Robert D\'Ercole
Robert D\'Ercole
2 years ago

This is by far the best knot for braid to mono or braid to fluoro. I have never lost a fish at that knot. As a matter of fact I caught a 250# swordfish and many tuna and mahi with it. It s easiest, strongest and thinnest knot on tie

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

OMG you just cut my offshore prep time by hours! Having to make leaders and swivels, and baits…. TYVM!!!!

Joseph Simonds
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Yep! The FG knot is a game-changer (and massive time saver)

John Gerbino
2 years ago

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MY son recently brought a 100 pound plus tarpon and a 175 pound plus bull shark to boat on braid/ fluorocarbon joined with the FG . Great knot thanks for the “how to’.I add a tiny touch of super glue to lock in the tag end of the braid after it is trimmed

Chris Lam
2 years ago

This knot can be such a pain great job simplifying it

Leonard Carulli
2 years ago

I’ve been tying this knot since watching your video, I’m a believer! My knots are tight and strong, now my buddies are asking me to teach them how to tie the knot.

Russ
Russ
2 years ago

Been doing this knot with 50# Braid and 65# Mono leader material. No matter what I do the braid will not grip into the mono leader. It finishes great and looks fantastic for running through guides, but after a pull test it simply slides off.

Thinner lines (20# Braid & 40# mono) works great and holds.

Something I’m doing wrong or is this knot used only for certain poundage or leader material?

Richard
Richard
2 years ago

I will use this for tying on the boat line connections. Have you compared this knot with using hollow core connection that would be done before going fishing?

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

We don’t like it. You waste to much line and expensive leader materials. Besides that where’s your swivel gonna go?

Garry
Garry
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Sounds like he’s just a troll mate… considering he thinks to ad a swivel… (what a joke)
Its obvious that the waste on an FG knot is absolute minimal compared to almost all others.

The ease of watching your video and how well the instructions were conveyed, made me watch your others…
Thumbs up from New Zealand!

Roger sherriff
Roger sherriff
3 years ago

Can you use an fg knot to tie a leader to a fresh water fly line

Donnie Smith
3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this FG knot I guess I’ll be practicing that tomorrow at work.

Chach
3 years ago

Your site is great. Would this knot be good for tying Rio’s Wire Bite tippet 20# to 40# braid?
For that matter, what”s the best knot for tying 20# Wire Bite to 20# fluoro?

Tad
Tad
3 years ago

After watching the video many time I tried to tie the FG knot. 25# Yozuri mono leader. I could not get the tension in the mono to lay flat on the braid. Is the leader too heavy ?

Phil Williams
Phil Williams
3 years ago

luv ya work buddy

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Awesome knot. Thanks for sharing. TJ

fernando
fernando
3 years ago

nice!

Lynn
3 years ago

I’ve tried the Nanofil and the only thing I did different is that I made 26 wraps instead of the twenty. Seems to be holding great. We’ll see when it’s tested on the water though.