The FG Knot is a more complicated but very popular kfnot due to its tensile strength, ability to slide through the guides of a rod, and suitability for all classes of fluorocarbon, mono, and braid line. The FG Knot is a fast and reliable way to secure a leader to a main line, although it does take some practice to master. It is especially popular with sport fishing skippers in Australia and other parts of the world. Learn how to tie the FG Knot following the 11 steps below.
The trick to tying a proper FG Knot is to keep tension on the lines as you tie them.
Step 1: Place the fluorocarbon leader perpendicular to and under the braid.
Step 2: Wrap the fluorocarbon leader down around the braid.
Step 3: Now wrap the fluorocarbon down around the braid to the right.
Step 4: Alternate from side to side wrapping the fluorocarbon leader over and under the braid.
Step 5: Continue wrapping until you’ve formed a chain of 12 to 14 double wraps around the braid.
Step 6: Lock the wraps with a half hitch by wrapping the left tag end of fluorocarbon leader around the braid and the right fluorocarbon leader line, and then back through the newly created loop.
Step 7: Snug this chain of hitches as tight as possible. Then pull the two fluorocarbon tag ends to tighten the half hitch.
Step 8: Now with the left fluorocarbon tag end, tie 3 more half hitches around both lines.
Step 9: Tie 3 more half hitches around just the braid.
Step 10: Complete the knot by tying a three-turn half hitch around the braid.
Step 11: Clip tag ends of the leader and braid.