Knot Facts vs. What we are good at.
Sport Fishing tested 53 knots connecting braided line to fluorocarbon leader to find out which produce the strongest connections; here are the results.
+1 on the FG. I think a lot of people get scared off from the FG due to watching bad videos and ending up with an abomination, or don't cinch it down properly before finishing and end having it slip.There are some fugly looking knots there. My FG with a rizutto finish looks better and will remain my leader knot
For the FG guys: Are you tying it for short mono/fluoro leaders to spectra? Or is it more for your knot with several yards of mono/fluoro (let's say 25 yards or more)?
I ask because I always think of hot bites, and guys saying it takes several minutes to retie on a moving boat. Feel free to post (or repost ) any videos for how to QUICKLY tie the FG.
For reference, my long time go to for all leader connections (no issues yet) has been the Alberto/Improved Albright/RP/Collins, which I can knock out in 30 seconds +/- regardless of conditions.
Tie...tie...tie. Practice...practice... practice. Before your trip....
Fishing with confidence in your knot choices makes a whole world of differance. The extra pressure you can put on the fish. ...The last few minutes, sometimes makes ALL the differance.
To gain that confidence.....NEVER EVER accept a "questionable" knot you've tied by putting it in the water.....NO MATTER WHAT! Agree with your eyes and personal assesment and cut it off, immediately. Bar none. I dont care if your in the middle of a hot bite.... that second of haste.... gonna cost you big time. Lost fish..... let alone crucial minutes during the actual "bite time"... you lost because of accepting a questionable one....and "pop"...
I guess what I'm trying to say....The boat is where you use your best.... not try to learn that new one your buddies just showed you. When the heat is on.... consistency is king in my book. That, my brothers comes from allot of "pretrip" practice. Don't be trying that "new knot" at that critical moment. Tie what your sure of.... confident in. Seen it over and over during my fishing career. Just saying...