How-to: FG Knot Tutorial

Fishing is a never-ending process of refining your techniques and applications.  Collaboration is a big part of fishing whether it’s sharing information on recent catches or the newest fishing trends.  A great collaboration point is when we start looking at fisheries from other locations around the globe, and this is the case with the FG knot.

As anglers in the Southern California Bight experimented with targeting Bluefin tuna, many took to casting lures at them and noticed the knots we were applying in this technique were not ideal.  We were using knots such as the Albright knot or the RP knot, and what resulted during casting was that the knot would catch on the guides as it went out and would cause wear and tear on the connection point. 

Anglers started to look at the East Coast to see how they made their connections, and additionally looked to the South Pacific where anglers were targeting Giant Trevally with heavy casting gear.  Many of the anglers were using the FG knot due to its high strength and equally as important it’s small, coned profile which allowed it to easily go in and out of the guides, especially when casting. 

Watch Here: Three Must Know Fishing Knots for SoCal Anglers

In this video, BD Outdoors Pro-Contributor Mike Murciano takes us through the steps of tying the FG knot. It’s a bit different than the knots we are used to, but once you’ve tied it a few times you’ll see how easy it is. This knot has been proven to be the go-to knot especially when casting a leader connection on heavier gear. 

Let us know how this application works for you and how you use this knot in your fishery. 

1 Comment

Phineas Gage
Nov 19, 2022 at 3:02 pm

Good tutorial but it missed a few things: It should be mentioned your 1/2 hitch knots should be alternating; a knot puller is way helpful for tightening; and the finishing knot is called a Rizzuto (and it’s important to keep tension on the line when you’re doing this). One other thing: when you start the knot, it’s a lot easier to wrap the braid around your pinky a few times rather than holding it with your mouth.

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