How To Tie The FG Knot For Braid To Leader Connections

Captain Jimmy Decker shows the easiest way to tie the FG Knot when connecting spectra to a fluorocarbon leader. This knot is extremely thin and does not have a tag end sticking out allowing you to attach a long leader as the knot will not hang up on the guides when casting. A lot of guys avoid this using this knot because they think it’s impractical to tie on the water but with Decker’s method you can tie the knot in less than a minute even on a rocking boat.

FG Knot

In this video, Decker is connecting 20# fluorocarbon to 20# spectra but the FG knot works just as well with heavier line. Over the last few seasons, we’ve been using it on lines up to 100# spectra to 100# fluorocarbon and have caught fish to 200-pounds on it with no failures. As you can see in the video the knot rigged with 20# line broke at 28-pounds and that was due to the fluorocarbon breaking instead of slipping out as sometimes happens with the Tony Pena or Double Uni knots.

Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal...