Without question the FG knot is by far the best knot to connect your braided main line with a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader. Both lines are virtually fused together! The load capacity is almost 100% but unfortunately the knot is not easy to tie the first few times. Therefore I will show you here, how you can do this at first sight complicated knot simply by yourself. If you have tied it yourself a few times, it will be very easy to do.
The knot casts through rod rings without any problems and I can crank my leader into the rod rings and fish with long leaders. Only with some rods with microguides this is often a bit difficult. With normal rod rings, however, it slides through the rings with virtually no loss of casting distance!
This knot is especially good for connecting thick leaders with a relatively thin braided main line. For example, pike-proof hard mono or FC material. I first heard about this knot when I was GT fishing and when I was sea fishing for big predators. The only alternative to the FG knot are really difficult to tie knots for the Big Game, where sometimes two people are needed.
How to tie the FG knot
In this video you can see how to tie the FG knot very easily by yourself. But soon I will also make a video in German. The variant shown here is slightly different from how I make the knot.
Knotted here again in pictures of me. It is important that all lines are permanently under tension, which can be achieved quite easily as follows:
- The rod is placed on the ground with the main line threaded through it, so that the tip of the rod bends slightly
- The short end of the main line is clamped between the teeth and held in place
- The long end of the leader is held firmly in the left hand
- The short end of the leader is held with the tying hand (right hand)
The second part of the instructions was made with real fishing lines, because the knot with the thick lines cannot be tied.
Assembly with FG Knot
This is how your finished assembly for spin fishing with an FG knot can look like.
Tips for a good FG knot
- All windings have to be pulled together first – the most important for the knot (I can’t stress this often enough)
- At the end the knot should be at least 0,5 to 1 cm long, then you have made enough turns even with thin main lines
- Pull the knot really tight what your lines give
- Test your knot at the end of course
That’s why I only use the FG knot
By the way, in the meantime I completely renounce knotless connectors and knot all leaders for spin fishing with the FG knot. The advantages are simply less material costs, because I only need my leader material. So I even save some money and I have made the experience that knotless connectors don’t even hold as good as promised. Furthermore, clamping sleeves and knotless connectors make noise and vibrations in the water. Predatory fish, such as pike, know this too well and take off. This frightening effect of conventional leaders is therefore also avoided. To connect my hanger or swivel with such thick lines the Palomar knot >> is used.
I even like to use the FG knot for trout fishing with relatively thin braided and thin leaders.