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Old 01-21-2019, 01:20 PM   #1
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For those of you who tie the FG knot, you do know you have to pull it extremely tight to make it lock correctly. I've seen a few videos of Japanese fishermen using dowels they sell in Japan specifically for this purpose. They sell for around $60 American. I built some myself using wooden dowels and rod shrink wrap and they work fantastic. Cost- about $5 for a 1 1/8 dowel about 3 feet long and about $4 for 36 inches of rod handle shrink wrap. To use, after you've tied the knot, wrap the tag end of the braid around one dowel a few times and the main end of the braid around the other and pull. The larger diameter dowel and the rubber do not damage the braid this way.
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Look good and fancy. I just use my welding gloves with a few wraps and pull.
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overhand loops and a pencil
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Good idea

I've been using the rod butt, the metal part of course.

Could use some small Wal-Mart bicycle grips over a dowel or pvc possibly as well

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Thanks!

I'm going to try the heatshrink over the dowel pieces. I've tried various rubber/plastic and usually the braid just cuts right through it. Towels and gloves only work so - so and I worry the braid is being scuffed badly when it slips as you pull down on the knot.

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I use heat shrink over PVC pipe to do the same thing. I even got fancy and put PVC end caps on them. I used 1/2" ID schedule 40 pipe.
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Nice tip! Thanks for the contribution.
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overhand loops and a pencil
Doesn't work well when tying 80lb braid to 60lb flouro...will snap a pencil easily
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I seriously doubt that .. but then my pencils are better than yours (j/k)
I can dead lift 25# weight with one (note the marking on the shorter ones, that's from lifting the 25# weight with 65# braid)
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I seriously doubt that .. but then my pencils are better than yours (j/k)
I can dead lift 25# weight with one (note the marking on the shorter ones, that's from lifting the 25# weight with 65# braid)
to each his own...
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