Oh man, have seen it done, so I know that’s the truth
What I'd really love is a way to easily test the tension I need to put on the knot after finishing the wraps (so that the braid tightly clamps down on the nylon line). On lighter diameter leaders (let's say 10lbs), it's easy to break the line just because you pull with more than 10lbs strength. So that's always a bit of a tightrope walk - you want to pull as much possible to make the knot clamp down, but not too much so that the knot breaks purely because you put too much force on it (the knot was good, but it would have broken during a snag, as well).
I know there are various force gauges that theoretically could be used, but a) a good digital one is expensive and b) you could only use them from the end of the leader, and that's not where you want to pull when setting a FG knot.
That's actually not accurate. Maybe you have knot failures when you reel your fg though the guides but I've never had that issue. I actually can see how you would say that because if you don't tie it right it'll start unraveling. I avoid that all together by using the rizzuto finish and burnishing the 2 lines to a small ball. You don't need to do it to the leader so much as the braid. Or just keep super glue ( loctite liquid gels suck and take too long to dry) in your pocket and give the top knot a dab. Liquid super glue will wick itself into the right places. You just need a dab.jvelth74 wrote: ↑Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:35 amI have used (double) uni to uni variatios and also fg knot. Only difference is how hard or easy it's made a knot on waters. Naturally Uni can't be retrieved through guides because it won't go. But this is actually good. Because fg knot can go through guides, and when it is retrieved through, then it will fail and lure and maybe fish is lost. Because of that uni is better.
But you don't have to use super glue. I just burnish the braid down to a very small ball. If you set the knot with the right tension that leader will last and never come free.
Ive never had problems with FG knot weakening trough a whole day of seatrout fishing with a million casts, I run my FG knot to between the first shooting guide and the second one from the reel. Usually I refresh the leader maybe once during the day because the leader line itself gets beat up and visually hazy.
Regarding the first tightening/clamping of the FG knot with light and thin lines - as long as you leave a tiny bit of leader tag after tightening (maybe 1-1,5mm) and doing your rizzotto finish, you wont get the knot unravelling from the end of the leader line which is always when my knot actually failed. Also you will know when to stop pulling on the knot - if youve done the FG properly usually you break skin before the leader, knot or mainline gives. I fish 0,22mm Savage Gear fluoro leader to 0,1mm Daiwa Morethan 12 mainline and actually intentionally breaking off the lure by bare hand will cut me as long as my leader is actually anywhere near its rated breaking strenght (about 3.5kg for me), FG knot was tied properly and your lure knot is good.
Good knots, quality thin line, FG knot - this is how I was able to drop down to very light lines giving me huge increase in casting distance and frankly also improving the action of lures.
Lots of leader material you buy is actually nowhere near its rated breaking strenght or plain old - for example Stroft FC2 can be absolutely excellent or absolute garbage with random breakoffs, depends on what spool you get.
But thanks for good advises, guys! I should try again FC with FG..
Usually my leaders are a little shorter then the rod I'm using, I tie a FG knot and reel the knot up to the first guide and end
the leader at the reel.
I hope that makes sense LOL
They have a "knot assist tool" now on Aliexpress for about $16. Only a few months ago the only options were $45 on Ebay for Daichi Japanese models. I just picked one up for curiosity. FG knot is my choice for connection knot.Cal wrote: ↑Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:07 pmI bought the Daiichi Knot Assist 2.0 to help me tie a more consistent knot. My success with the albright and modified albright was inconsistent with lighter diameter lines and the uni to uni knot just doesn't sit right with even though I've never had one fail. The FG knot is longer than I like, but it's small in diameter so goes through the guides easily and the Knot Assist too makes it easy to tie consistently. Worth checking out
GT Knot. I'd be incredibly cautious about that knot. It got some hype because there's a video proclaiming it "the strongest knot" based on very dubious test (a list of reader-submitted knots that were compared). If you google the knot you'll find a comparison video on SaltStrong where the GT maxes out at 13lbs (at best!) while the FG reaches 18lb+. Even the Double Uni etc. beat the GT in that test.DenhamBruce wrote: ↑Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:29 pmI learned a new knot the other day on youtube although I can't remember the name... You figure 8 the mono, stick the braid through both holes then tie a uni knot with the braid around the mono leader. Super easy to tie and apparently the strongest knot second to the FG. But much easier!