How to Tie the FG Knot in Under 60 Seconds [Free Cheat Sheet PDF]
By: Luke Simonds on January 24, 2016
Raise your hand if you’ve ever said the following…
“The FG knot is a strong knot, but it takes too long to tie it..”
Heck, I know I said the exact same thing the very first time I found about it.
But even though I incorrectly thought that the FG knot took too long to tie, I have been a huge fan of the FG knot ever since it shocked me (and countless others) in my braid to leader knot contest (you can see that braid to leader knot contest here).
Not only did the FG knot prove to be over 20% stronger than all of my prior favorite braid to leader knots (Double Uni knot, Crazy Alberto knot, and the Albright knot), but it also happens much thinner since the thicker leader line never doubles over.
It’s pretty much the only line to leader knot I ever tie anymore… and for good reason… it’s super strong and super thin (and as you will see in this post it can be tied very quickly)
But the most common complaint against the FG knot that I’ve heard is that it takes to long to tie…
And I’ll completely agree with that concern if it is being tied the traditional way by manually wrapping the braid around the mono and then tightening the coils together after every 5th coil.
However, there is a much faster way to tie the FG knot (which also happens to produce a more consistently stronger knot) that allows it all to be completed in under 60 seconds (video proof below).
How To Tie The FG Knot Quickly
The absolute best and fastest way to tie the FG knot is to thread the leader onto the braid while the braid is under tension.
There are several ways to do this, but the version shown in this post is the fasted method by far that I’ve tested.
In case you’re like me and learn best from videos, here’s a detailed tutorial on how to tie the FG knot that I made last year:
FG Knot Video Directions
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!
FG Knot Steps [Must Do All 7]
Here is a list describing the essential steps to the FG Knot:
1. Apply Constant Tension On The Braid
The easiest way to do this is to bite down on the end of the braid with your teeth (use back teeth so your orthodontist doesn’t get upset), and then lean the rod away from you so that the gravity on the rod will keep a nice constant tension on the line.
When fishing from a kayak, I often put the tag end of the braid in my mouth and then lightly step on the braid against the kayak so that it creates enough tension to keep the FG coils together.
And if you’re worried about damaging the line by stepping on it, then another option is to wrap it around a toe.
2. Thread the Leader Onto The Braid
After getting tension on the braid, the next step is to thread that leader onto the braid.
And since both hands are free, this step is so much easier than the traditional style of tying the FG knot.
My favorite way to do it is to have one hand on the coils so I can feel them all settle into place while the other hand moves the leader from side to side.
Here are some pictorials showing how this is done:
Note: A full video tutorial of the FG knot is below the pictorial images
3. Use Hitch Knots To Lock Braid Coils Together
The braid coils are what holds the two lines together… once they are on the leader, we now need to tie a separate knot to prevent them from unraveling.
My favorite knot for this is the basic hitch knot, which is just the act of creating a loop with the tag end of the braid, and then going around the main line before turning going through the loop.
Then just pull it tight into the braid coils and tie another hitch.
Note: When in a rush, I’ll tie 4 hitch knots and then skip the optional step of tying more hitch knots above the tag end of the leader.
4. Pull Hard On Main Lines
The braid coils must dig grooves into the outer layer of the leader in order to permanently lock itself into place, so it is very important to apply heavy tension to the knot to ensure that the grooves are formed.
Important Note: This step needs to be done before cutting the tag end of the leader off… otherwise, the coils may slide off because they typically shift up slightly before forming their grooves.
5. Cut Off Tag End of Leader
Now that the braid coils are locked into place, it’s time to cut off the leader’s tag end.
6. Tie Two More Hitch Knots Above the Leader
The purpose of this step is to create a smoother top of the knot so that the hard edge of the leader’s tag end doesn’t snag onto anything (floated debris, rod guides, etc.).
7. Cut Off Tag End of the Braid
All is complete so time to cut off the braid’s tag end and start fishing.
Free FG Knot Guide [PDF]
Click here to get a single page cheat sheet PDF guide showing these 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 In Less Than 60 Seconds
As I mentioned above, the most common reason we’ve heard from those who watched the video above in YouTube was that it takes too long to tie.
But the tying was of course done slowly in order to explain the various steps.
So we thought it would be fun to make a video showing me tying the FG Knot without taking the time to walk through each step, and the result was an FG knot in less than 60 seconds… here is the video:
Learning how to tie the FG knot in under 60 seconds is not difficult… it just requires knowing the quick method explained in this video.
And the most important part to remember is the tightening of the braid coils on the leader before cutting off the leader’s tag because that is what locks the coils in place for good.
Best of all, it will result in a knot that has tested out to be more than 20% stronger than many very popular knots for connecting a braided line to a mono/fluoro leader.
Note: The breaking test results change depending on line types used, so I highly recommend trying it out on your favorite gear and seeing if it has a higher breaking point than whichever knot you’re using to see if it’s worth the switch.
Related Post: The #1 Mistake Anglers Make With The FG Knot
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