Beware Of The GT Knot (Don’t Make This Mistake!)


We’ve been getting tons of emails about the GT knot and my overall synopsis is… beware of the GT knot!

There’s a lot of misinformation about it, including how strong it is and even how to tie it!

Since the knot is one of the few things you can control when you’re fishing, this is a really important topic so I made this video to show you what’s really going on with this knot.

Learn the truth about the GT knot in the video below.

P.S. You’ll also learn what to knot to tie instead so you have a much smaller chance of losing fish because of your knot!

The Truth About The GT Knot [VIDEO]

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The problem with the GT knot is that there are a variety of totally different knots shown online that are all listed as the “GT Knot”…

Many of which reference a knot contest in which the actual GT knot while then showing a tutorial on how to tie a totally different knot that’s incorrectly called the GT.

In fact, the most popular videos in YouTube that come up when searching for the “GT Knot” aren’t actually showing the true version of the knot.

They’re tying a much weaker knot, so those videos are misleading.

The real GT knot from the study includes a bimini twist, but none of those videos do.

When I tied one of those false GT knots and tested it against the FG knot, it was 80% weaker than the FG knot!

So watch out for those videos claiming the GT knot is the strongest.

And here’s another thing: the knot contest mentioned above where the GT Knot was the winner was with 50 lb braid and 80 lb mono.

Their lighter line division with 15 lb braid and 30 lb leader did not have the GT Knot in the top 20.

And when I tied the exact same knot with 10 lb braid and 20 lb mono, it slipped right out both times.

So if you’re inshore fishing with light line, I would stay away from the GT knot and go with the FG knot.


fg knot vs gt knot

Beware of the GT knot!

There’s a lot of misinformation about the GT knot and some of the videos out there aren’t even showing how to tie a real GT knot.

When I tested one of the knots in those videos it was much weaker than the FG knot, so if you’re looking for a strong line to leader knot, I definitely recommend sticking with the tried and true FG knot.

Have any questions about the GT knot?

Have you tried it?

Let me know down in the comments!

And if you know someone who ties the GT knot, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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10 months ago

It’s like your favorite knot (FG) is a family member or something you refuse to say is not the best!

The IFGA tests proved that the GT knot is the strongest knot for Braid 50lb or heavier with a Bimini tied to heavy 80 lb and above mono. Offshore guys who troll or live bait for bigger fish all use 50lb or heavier braid and 80lb or higher mono top shot/leader. Bottom fishing guys going for big bottom fish also use heavy braid and heavy mono leader.

Exception for an offshore guys would be somebody who is kite fishing or free lining live bait for sailfish or casting to small Mahi-Mahi or catching small bottom fish like yellowtail and other snappers. Those situations all use lighter lines and would be better off with an FG braid to mono knot.

Each knot has it’s proper application. Neither is perfect for all situations. Unless the GT with Bimini in light lines works as well as with heavy lines????? That’s easy to test.

Chris Pritchett
1 year ago

Thank you for this video! I was definitely one of the ones that got caught up in the misinformation!

2 years ago


Can you test the Red Phillips Knot? It’s very easy to tie, very strong, and very small. It’s my preferred shock leader knot. Take a look at it here:

The image there says “spectra”, but i use it with mono to mono in surfcasting, and it has worked very well.


Steven Free
3 years ago

You guys are funny in how many knots you use for your fishing I use 3 knots and they never fail me in that they catch fish #1 the loop knot for all my plastic baits #2 the Palomar for my baits that need a snug fitting knot and #3 the improved Albright very easy and fast to tie for my leader to line connections why bother with a bunch of knots are you a navy boatswains mate or an angler? Me I do what works and what’s fast and simple but hey maybe that’s the new millennium way well not for me but again I’m not you thanks for the info

3 years ago

Straight fluoro with a Palomar knot and KVD HAS 6.5 million reasons why 😂

3 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

👍 thanks Luke for the reply I’m an inshore saltwater fisherman to in Florida all I use a straight Fluoro definitely personal preference ✌️

3 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Use spinning reel’s fish in the panhandle in anywhere from 3 to 12 foot of water On the flats mostly use nothing but artificial strike rate is much higher and sensitivity is greater using straight Fluorocarbon It does what I needed to do for me and handles better in the wind And provides a one knot rigging scheme Which provides one last potential point of failure

3 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I fish in the Panhandle of Florida The majority is flats fishing in water of 3 to 12 feet the reasons I use straight Fluorocarbon It is much more sensitive than super line tied to a leader It handles in the wind better And provides a one knot rigging scheme Rather than having the two which equals faster rigging and one less potential point of failure would be great for you to do a test on the water with both would love to see it thanks for your time Luke

Billy Ackerman
3 years ago

Thank you for clearing this up.


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