The FG knot is a daunting knot to learn. Let alone to tie. But it is such a good knot for connecting leader to mainline it almost a necessity for those who cast or jig for big powerful game fish.
Beginners or those who do not fish very often may struggle to remember the steps involved in tying the FG knot. Ten to twenty minutes to tie this knot is not uncommon. And many have to abandon and start all over again when they don’t get it right.
This video will show you how the FG knot can be tied in 2 minutes 40 secs! It shows skipper Steven tying it while our friends from Australia, Greg and Pete, watch and learn for the first time as they get introduced to the FG knot.
A reader highlighted that this is a slight variant of the FG called the bobbin knot. I’m not too sure about that name but yeah, the FG knot does have a few slight variation e.g. the PR knot or PR bobbin knot when it is tied using a bobbin.
They all have the same concept though, where the harder the pull on the lines, the tighter the mainline will grip onto the leader thus making this a slip-free knot.
I have seen many anglers tie the FG differently (including myself!). I will share some of those videos as soon as I find the time. It must be the complex nature of tying this knot that has given birth to improvisations.