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WHY And HOW To Tie The FG Knot!

Author: Landshark (Alumni)

This is NOT Your Average FG Knot Video Or Article

Watch The Video Below To Learn More About The FG Knot

"I cannot stand articles that don't explain... WHY certain Knots Are Employed "

This is NOT your average Knot video or article. I cannot stand when I look up a knot video or tutorial and people do not take the time to explain the principle behind why certain knots are employed. Welcome to the first ever FG knot video where its application is explained.

The visual, "How To" part can be found in the above video, as well as a thorough explanation  that will be found in this narrative. 

The FG knot has recently gained a lot of popularity and It deserves every bit of credit. First I would like to explain what materials will work for even tying this knot. The FG is used to connect Braid to either a monofilament(nylon) or Fluorocarbon leaders. 

Why The FG Knot Is Hands Down The Best Knot For Connecting Braid To Leader Material

#1 The FG knot is the slimmest profile knot in terms of the actual connection between your leader and braid.

FG Knot Vs. Uni Knot
The FG Knot provides a thinner profile than the uni-knot any many other well known mono to braid knots

#2  According to the guys over Salt Strong, the FG knot had the highest breaking strength over traditional knots such as the Uni to Uni. 

FG Knot Strength Test Comparison
Photo from Salt Strong's article with the study they did can be found here. Find out more about this study (HERE

#3 The aforementioned reason brings me to this point. With a slim connection, you can get away with reeling your leader/braid connection through your guides as it has a thin profile with very little tag end. A traditional uni to uni knot connection will generally have twice the diameter of the FG connection. The thinner the connection the less likelihood you will have an issue with your connection getting caught in your guides, which can actually break guides.  

FG Knot Sliding Through The Guides Of A Rod
ABOVE you can see how the slim profile of the FG Knot allows it to easily slide through the guides of your rod.

#4 The reason being able to reel your connection through your guides is beneficial, comes down to the practice of using top-shots. In many situations you are presented with the need to pack on a lot of mono/fluoro leader on top of your braid. You may need the low stretch, thin diameter profile of the braid, but also 50ft of monofilament/ flouro for abrasion resistance. This knot can in turn replace the need for more expensive wind on leaders.... 

FG Knots Can Be Used To Replace Wind-On Leaders
You can use an FG Knot give your reel a topshot without having to buy a more expensive wind-on leader

#5 Lastly, if you have ever tried tying a light braid to heavier mono leader, you know the braid has a higher likelihood of slipping under your mono connection. To overcome this you would need to double the braid with a spider hitch, bimini twist or other knot. The way the FG knot works, makes the ratio of the braid diameter to leader material diameter irrelevant, as the braid is wrapped around the leader. 

What is a drawback to using an FG Knot?

#6 The last point is a drawback. The FG knot "may" be time consuming to tie, for someone who is not used to tying it. But with this said, most knots act in this nature. It does involve practice and perfection, as if it is not tied right, it can lead to your connection slipping. 

The video below put together by the guys at Salt Strong shows you how to avoid point #6 with the number one mistake that anglers make when tying their FG Knot. 

I'm also someone who believes that personal experience can out-trump, even the most well written articles or studies. I can tell you first hand the FG knot has not failed me in terms of reliability and strength. Give the knot a try and I assure you once it begins second nature you will never go back to another knot!!!

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