How to Tie the Improved FG Knot

The beauty of this knot is not only in strength but in function.

For Sport Fishing's knot contest, 30 lb Sufix Performance Braid and 50 lb. Yo-Zuri Pink Fluorocarbon were used. Larger materials were used in these photos for demonstration purposes. The beauty of this knot is not only in strength but in function. This knot is probably the most seamless and streamlined knot of its type. It may take you a while to get the hang of it, but you'll see that it is worth the effort.

TIPS: This knot may be tied with either a single or doubled strand of braided line, and fluorocarbon or monofilament leader. It helps to have the line taut during the tying process. To accomplish this, you may wrap the braid around one of the larger guides to secure it and offer more resistance than the tip of the rod would. Don't be afraid to try your own variations to suit your needs.

Before you begin you must perform a procedure that I call a "Simos Slice" to the tag end of the fluorocarbon to give it a tapered shape. You may utilize a sharp pair of scissors, or lay the fluorocarbon on a protected table and use a single edge razor or sharp knife. BE CAREFUL! Do not put your body in harms way. Your objective is to get a minimum 1/8 to 1/4 inch long angled point on the end. This tapered point will be covered by the braid during the second half of the construction of the knot.