Tying an FG knot nice and tight

Easy way to tie a TIGHT FG knot

With the advent of jigging rods with very small guide eyelets, the FG knot has come into it’s own as the best way to join braid to mono leader.

However the FG knot can be a complicated fishing knot to tie, especially on a moving boat, and if you don’t tie it tightly enough, it will come undone and you’ll lose that trophy fish.

Yes I have seen this happen on numerous occasions.

Now for many years I’ve used a wind on leader system consisting of a bimini twist double to albright knot for pretty much all my fishing applications.

But the albright is a bit chunky and won’t easily move through those small top guides, defeating the purpose of the wind on leader system.

So in this short video, I’ll show you how I tie an FG knot  so that the wraps are TIGHT and won’t come undone, even when your platform is a moving boat.



If you have any questions about the video, feel free to add them in the comments below.

And for more helpful knot, rigging and fishing tips, click the links of interest below.

New RMF Knot – easier and quicker to tie than FG

Perfection loop vs snap swivel

Wind on leader system

Baitcaster birds nest tips

Catching big barramundi in Queensland



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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Marlas PV Landing

    Reply Reply July 16, 2018

    Thanks for sharing useful information with us. Your video is really very informative and helpful for every person who loves fishing.

  • Jim Beaver Slivinski

    Reply Reply May 4, 2018

    I spent a week on The Mississippi River catching walleyes and bass. I tied an 8# Sunline leader to 8# Yellow Tuf Line main line with an FG knot on my 4 jigging rods. After a week I came to the result that the FG knot is strong and dependable and best of all it casts through even small rod guides without any problem. When I used to tie back to back uni knots I used to keep my leaders short so I wouldn’t reel them into the guides. With the FG there is no problem so I am tying 3-4′ leaders now. Great knot and easy to tie it the way you showed. No biting on the line for me. Spring is here in Wisconsin and the inland lake fishing season opens this weekend. I have had several fishing buddies to my house to hold FG tying seminars. Having time to practice and watch it being tied right in front of you is very helpful. I have come uo with one modification in the finishing process. After all of the tag ends are cut, I rub bow string wax over the knot and the half hitches. That way I don’t have to worry about the half hitches coming undone. The bow string wax is used for coating a bowstring. If you ad a little friction, it actually melts right into the knot and half hitches and coats them with wax. I suppose you could use a candle or even lip balm, It all serves the same purpose. I love the FG knot.

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply May 6, 2018

      Hi Jim, thanks for letting us know how your trip went mate 🙂 good tip with the bow string wax as well! So happy you like the knot

  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 6, 2018

    Well i just tried it and it didnt slip but it didn’t look thae same i did something wrong along the way

  • Ethan

    Reply Reply July 12, 2017

    What is the best way to finish the fg

  • Darren Harvey

    Reply Reply July 5, 2017

    Tanks Ryan I like they way you put it teaching old dogs learning new tricks and I LIKE THE WAY you explain the FG knot

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply July 5, 2017

      Thanks Darren I hope it helps. Cheers mate

    • Jim Beaver Slivinski

      Reply Reply April 6, 2018

      I have looked at several different techniques for tying the FG Knot. I used to tie back to back uni-knots when tying on leaders, but after a trip last spring where I broke off big fish and lost good lures, I was fed up with the uni-knot. I’ve been practicing trying the FG knot for 2 weeks. After watching your video I can now tie it faster, more consistently and with very little trouble, AND I don’t have to bite the line. It took me a while to train my fingers to do what I need them to do, but practice makes perfect. I pull tested 10 FG knots after I tied them and in every test, the fluorocarbon line broke before the knot failed. I also learned that you shouldn’t use last years fluorocarbon line, it’s dry and brittle. I got some Sunline leaderline in 10# and I’m tying it on TUF-LINE 8#. Gonna go beat up on the walleyes on The Mississippi River next week. I will tie leaders on all of my extra spools so I don’t have to worry about tying an FG in a crowded boat. A word to the wise, practice, practice, practice and use bright thick lines if you have it, it’s easier to see what you are doing and learning. I was doing 20-25 knots every evening for a week before I felt comfortable and knew that I was tying it correctly. It’s now my braid to floro connection. No mo unis1

      • Ryan Moody

        Reply Reply April 7, 2018

        Thanks for your kind words Jim! So happy we could help you out. All the best for your fishing trip!

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