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Old 09-30-2018, 06:08 PM   #1
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tarpon FG knot

So a couple years back I learned the FG knot, the problem I encountered was after casting for a while the tag end of the knot would get messed up from the repeated friction/rubbing of the eyes. It wouldn't stay tight and clean. I tied a couple hitch knots after cutting the braid to hide the mono. Anyone use it ?
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Old 09-30-2018, 07:43 PM   #2
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Fg

I do no less than 6 half hitches to cover up the little stub end when I'm done.
Seems to help.
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:42 PM   #3
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This is the knot I've been using for a couple of years and tie about 4~5 hitches. I also try to cut the tag at an angle. I haven't had any problems.
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Old 10-01-2018, 04:38 PM   #4
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I alternate each of my cross hitches. I also use 5-6 cross hitches to cover the stub, with the last cross hitch having 1 or 2 extra wraps before pulling it shut. If you're picky about it, there is a product you buy for knots that is used to paint over the knot and seal it. A little wipe of super glue over the tag end area helps reduce that too.

Little lagniappe....

- I purchased little fist sized 1 lb rubber coated dumb bell exercise weights from the weights section at Academy. I think ladies use them during aerobics. Buy two dumb bells. Use them to wrap braid and your leader around when you pull to tension the FG knot. This saves the hands and fingers from cuts. Line tensioners from Australia cost about ~$80 online. These dumb bells cost only a few bucks. Be careful, as you can actually apply too much tension and break the leader. I use 30# braid and 20# fluoro leaders. Normally, you can't apply this much pressure without cutting your hands. I've had breaks occur during tensioning several times. Each tie, the leader breaks first and the knot holds up.

- Use a safety pin to help tie FG knots. Tie your braid to the back end of a safety pin. Attach the safety pin to your clothing to anchor the line while you do the cross hatches with the leader material. I attach the pin to a belt loop and I step back or forward to manage the braid's tension. I use 11-13 cross hatches. Undo the pin from your clothing and keep it tied to the braid and use the weight of the safety pin to help you tie your half hitches quicker.
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Old 10-01-2018, 08:35 PM   #5
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tarpon following this guy's instuctions


not having a problem tying the knot, the tag end gets messed up after going thru the eyes a couple times.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:16 PM   #6
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tarpon 1/2 dozen hitch knots still feathers up

tried using more hitches n no luck. can I ask a favor please, one of you guys tie the knot and video yourself pulling your thumb and forefinger with pressure against the tag end a dozen times. I'd want to witness it, because then I'd like to learn the knots secret. If I can get it right, it will be my go to knot for attaching mono leader. I'm using 8dia/30lb Power Pro super slick 8, and 20lb mono. Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-02-2018, 02:24 PM   #7
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i usually have a loop on the end of the braid (insert pencil into loop to pull), this helps in tightening each half hitch and the rizzuto
i'll test pull the knot (max line break or max drag) and tighten the half hitch until the fg doesnt not move. then a 6 turn rizzuto (pull tight) to finish the fg before i trim the lines

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Old 10-03-2018, 01:36 PM   #8
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Check out the Tom Collins knot on YouTube!
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:49 PM   #9
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use this one. I had the same issue with just the regular fg knot till someone showed me to do it this way.
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Old 10-06-2018, 12:08 AM   #10
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tarpon the ticket

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Check out the Tom Collins knot on YouTube!
cool knot but twice the diameter of the Fg.

Thanks tngbmt. The FG with the Rizzuto did the trick. I'll be using this knot exclusively for joining my leaders to braid. The Rizzuto knot locks in the opposite direction as the FG, and the tag end is buried in the middle of the knot so the guides can't unravel, move the knot, or feather the tag end. Exactly what I've been looking for. Slimmest, strongest knot for joining leader to braid.

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