FG Knot: How to Tie The Strongest Braid to Leader Knot

Every fisherman knows that tying a strong knot is vital to successfully landing trophy sized fish. This is especially true if you use a braided line that's attached to a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader.

In this article we'll show you how to tie the "FG" knot. Not only is this the strongest braid to leader fishing knot known to man, but it's small diameter allows it to travel smoothly through the eyes of your rod.

How to Tie The "FG" Braid to Leader Knot 

We know that some people prefer step-by-step instructions, so we broke down the above video for you to follow at your own pace. 

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1. Start by securing the rod and holding the end of the braided line in your mouth, while at the same time placing your leader line over the braid. 

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2. Next, you're going to fold the leader line forward and under your main line.       

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3. Now you're going to repeat step 2, but this time you're going to fold the leader line below your previous fold.

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4. Repeat this process by folding your leader line forward and under, then back and under. You'll want to fold each side at least 10 times for a total of 20 times. If you're using a really light braid, you may even want to fold it more times. When you're done you should have something like the picture below.

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5. When you get to the end, pinch both pieces of braid while at the same time holding the leader line in your mouth. You are then going to pull down on the braid towards the rod or other hand. slide the knot down until it becomes very tight.

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6. Next, take the tag end of the braid and make a "half hitch" knot around both the braid and leader lines. Do this a least 2-3 times. Once completed do another half "hitch knot," but this time make the knot around your braided line only. 

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7. Now you'll do one last "half hitch" knot around the braided line, but this time wrap it around 3 times before pulling the knot tight. Once tight, grab both the braided line and leader line and pull tight to remove any play in the knot, making it as strong as possible.

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8. Finally, cut the tag ends of the braid and leader lines. The finished knot should look like the picture below. 

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Once completed, you can be sure that you will have tied the strongest braid to leader knot known to man. Well, known to us anyways. Seriously though...if done correctly, this is a very strong knot that has yet to fail me.

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