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How to Tie an FG Knot | Jacob Bros

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Want to learn the best-performing braid-to-leader connection known to any angler? Jacob has you covered with the FG knot. It takes some practice, but your leader line will never come loose with this knot tied on.

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Video Transcription

Alright guys, today we're tying the FG knot, which is the probably the number one braided mainline to fluorocarbon leader knot out there right now. It's a challenging knot, it's hard to tie, it does take some time. There are benefits to it, it's thinner, it comes through guides better, it is stronger than any other knot out there, but it does come at a cost of taking a little bit more time. But with a bit of practice you can get it down pretty quick. We're going to show you how to do it today. We're going to be using this orange string as the braided line. We're going to be using this white string as our fluorocarbon leader. I like to try and match my poundages by diameter. For example, you don't want to do maybe a 40 pound braid with a 10 pound leader. I would maybe try and get a 30 to 20 pound braid to a 10 pound leader or even your small mouth finesse applications, maybe even a 10 pound braid to 8 to 10 pound fluorocarbon. Trad itionally, when I'm tying this knot, I'm doing between 18 and 22 wraps. We'll show you what those wraps look like here in a second, but I like to keep it in that range of 18 to 22. Then I finish it off with a few half hitches. We'll go through it here in just a second. What I like to do is when I tie this knot in my boat, I put the rod between my legs pointed away from me. Right now, what that does is it puts tension on the braid. Here we've got tension. It's just tied to the table right now for this example. What I do is I hold the braid in my mouth. I'm going to bite it between my teeth like this. Then I have my fluorocarbon on my right side. I'm right-handed, so I like to tie it going this direction. My fluorocarbon is going to be coming from that direction. What you're going to do is you're going to take about 12-ish inches here. You're going to lay it over the top of your braided line. And how you start this is you're going to pinch those two together. You've got your fluorocarbon here, braid here. To start this, you're going to take your fluorocarbon and you're going to wrap under and away. You're going to go under and away. Get it back over the top. This first wrap is important. Now we've got that wrap there. We're going to pinch it with our fingers and hold it. Now the next wrap will be number two. That's going to go over the top and towards us. There's the start. There's one wrap and two wraps. Then again, we'll go away from us and under. Pull it tight and we'll go towards us and over . So there's four wraps. We're only going to do about 10 to 12 for the video purpose, but like I said, if you're doing this in real life with braided fluorocarbon, you'll do about 18 to 22. So now we're going to go under and away from us. Pull it tight over and towards us. Pull it tight. There's six over and away. Towards and under. Pull it tight. Under and away. Over towards us. Pinch it tight. Just do one more. So now if you're ready to be done, so you've gotten to that 18 to 22 mark, right where your line is ended, you're going to pinch that together. And right now you have your fluorocarbon tag, your braided line, your braided main line. You're going to get those close together. And then with your braided tag end, you're going to do one half hitch. Cinch that down. This one you can pull real tight. And now essentially what we've done is we've created a Chinese finger trap that now has a locking knot on it. So that way it's not going to pull out. But then we're also going to do two more half hitches with our braided tag end. So there's one. Here's two. So now that's what this is what we're looking like. Now from here, we're going to really pull on that. There's no movement at all. So now with our fluorocarbon tag end, we're going to cut that off as close to the knot as we can. And then what I like to do with the rest of this braided line is see how this knot is a little bigger and bulkier right here with the main line. So to make that come to the guides a little bit better, we're going to essentially give it a slope so that it's coming off a little bit nicer. So we're just going to tie two or three more half hitches. There's two. Let's just do a third. So now when you're looking at that knot, it's actually going to come through and it's going to have a little bit more of a gradual incline before it hits that main knot. Then from here, you're going to take your braided tag end, cut that off nice and close. You've got one of the best leader connection knots out there on the market right now. [Music] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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