You are likely familiar with the benefits of braided mainline leadership, whether you like the challenge of fighting large sailfish or tuna, or you just love the thrill of musing monster bass on your local lake.
Fluorocarbon is the best leader material for many applications.
Both braid and fluoro can be slippery and will not work with most knots.
The FG knot is probably the best solution for connecting a fluorocarbon lead to a braided mainline.
Table of Contents (clickable).
- 1 How to tie the FG knot
- Two Advantages of the FG Knot
- The FG Knot: 3 Things to Love
- 4 The FG Knot, Fluorocarbon or Braid
- 5 Reasons Why FG Knots FAIL
Similar: Best Fishing Knots
How to tie the FG knot
- To create tension on the braided mainline, start by moving your rod away from your face.
- Keep the braid’s tag in your mouth.
- From left to right, cross the braid with your fluoro-leader.
- Pass the tag end on the fluoro back towards your rod, and then wrap the braid around it for one loop.
- The fluoro should be pulled tight and parallel to the braid.
- This process can be repeated on the other side of the connection towards you.
- This process can be repeated back to your rod.
- Repeat this process 20-25 times. You should pull your fluoro straight and tight each time. Also, ensure that each coil is stacked high above the others.
- Loop the braid at the tag end. Pass the tag end through the loop.
- You can repeat this knot three more times.
- Trim the braid at the end.
The FG Knot has many advantages
- You don’t need a tool –Although the PR Bobbin is a stronger knot, it’s still necessary to tie it. Even pros tie the PR Bobbin at their home.
- Strong –If tied correctly, the FG knot will surpass your line’s test strength. It is that good! The FG is trusted by pros because it can deliver when large fish are on the hook. You can almost guarantee that a knot failure will not result in you losing a trophy or even a tournament.
The FG Knot: What’s not to love?
- Slow –The FG is not an overhand or San Diego Jam knot. It is painfully slow and can be frustrating to have to tie it when the pressure’s on.
- DifficultTieing a knot well is essential to get the best out of it. The FG is not an easy knot to master without practice.
The FG Knot in Fluorocarbon or Braid
The world of knots is still relatively young when it comes to braid and fluorocarbon. All knots can be used in hemp rope. However, the more slippery the material is, the more creative the knot design must be to create a bite and not concentrate pressure.
Most knots in angling are made from nylon monofilament. This provides a lot of friction against its own. Mono holds most knots as well as a miser can hold hundred-dollar bills. However, the same cannot be said for braid and fluorocarbon.
Fluorocarbon braid and braid are both slick and tough, which creates two different knot problems. A knot that works well in mono will not work in fluorocarbon braid or fluorocarbon. The worst part is that they are not compatible. The braid is as smooth as a politician’s hair, while the fluorocarbon is as tough as granite. They won’t bite one another or themselves and strong knots simply slide apart.
Modifying the material to create more contact points, increase friction, and spread the load will often solve the problem. The best choices are knots made from fluorocarbon or braid.
The FG knot is created by wrapping the braided mainline around the fluorocarbon leader. This creates a constant point of contact for about an inch. This creates friction that neither material can withstand, so you get a knot that will not slip no matter how heavy the line is.
Be aware! The FG Knot is only for braid-to-fluoro leader connections. Knot failure can be caused by using any other line combination.
What happens when FG Knots fail?
A well-tied FG knot will be as strong and slim as it gets. Each pass with the fluorocarbon coils around it creates constant contact and is secured with a few hitch stitches.
It is extremely strong and has been proven time after time that this connection will not give up on you.
However, this knot could fail and these are the most likely culprits.
- Tie the knot in a frayed or damaged string this is something we all have done. Failing to remove tattered lines until you have new material to tie a knot can lead to knot failure. Always inspect your line and, if in doubt, cut.
- Improper technique F Knot is difficult and requires practice. It will fail if it isn’t tied correctly. Practice, practice, and practice!
- Monogramming the FG and the FG– This may seem obvious: Mono holds better than braid or fluoro, so why not use FG to join a strong mono leader?
- It is easy to see why: The braid will compromise mono and the knot will fail.
- This is the braided mainline to fluorocarbon leader-knot only! This is the only braided mainline to fluorocarbon leader knot!