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  1. I have made a number of attempts to tie the FG Knot for joining braid to fluorocarbon or mono leader. I watched different videos, bought the FG tool made locally in Port Stephens/Newcastle, read different written instructions and still struggled with it. I found it a pain in the a__ to tie! Just about all methods require you to maintain tension at all times, which almost requires you to have a third hand, your shoes and socks off and to hold your tongue a certain way! There was no way I was going to be able to tie this in a moving boat, too! In the end, I gave up and reverted to a double uni knot but this does have difficulty passing through the rod guides. Then, the other day, I found this video on YouTube and decided to give it a go today, since it was raining and I had nothing better to do. This method doesn’t need you to maintain tension. Just hold the line together with your fingers. I use my mouth for the half hitches at the end, as the instructor suggested. I got it on my second attempt and I am really happy with it. I just tied three in my light spinning outfit: mono backing to braid; braid to mono breakaway (an ANSA thing to ensure you are within ANSA/IGFA line classes); then a modified FG for the breakaway to flourocarbon leader. Basically, for the modified breakaway to leader knot, I just used 5 wraps on each side rather than the 10 needed in braid. The knots are compact and pass through the guides easily. I’m very happy! Here’s a link to the YouTube video. I find most instructional YouTube videos a pain to watch, particularly with the US hype but I suppose the background is worth listening to at first. The step by step instructions start about 6 minutes in. Hope this helps someone. It certainly helped me! Cheers! Baz
  2. Hi Raiders, If you are capable of tying the above knot, ignore my post. ? Since getting back into fishing recently, many folks talked to me about using braid and a mono or FC leader. So I got some 6ib braid for my light spinning outfit and 6lb FC as leader. I searched on YouTube and Google and was baffled by the different ways of doing the infamous FG knot. I always used locked blood knots previously with no other knot at al. Now I am no dummy, but trying to learn this bloody FG knot was doing my head in. Keep the line tight, step on the spool, do this, do that, you probably know what I mean. So many things to keep in mind. Then just by sheer chance I came across a video by an American angler and as I watched it then paused intermittently, I successfully tied my first very good quality FG knot. A bit of a light bulb moment. Nevertheless, he does not tighten the lines and the method seems easy enough for a newcomer to FG like me. I hope some of you may find this video useful.