Also known as the Sebile or GT knot, it connects the leader to the main line. It could be braid to a mono or fluorocarbon leader. It is popular with sport fishing skippers in Australia mainly and all over the world. It might seem difficult at first, but with practice, you can do it quite easily and fast, in just about 30 seconds to be precise. That should be reason enough for it being your go-to leader knot. It is a good alternative to expensive wind on leaders. It has emerged a winner is most strength tests with knots for the same purpose. Though there are multiple ways to tie, many of which have been touted tough, we choose to stick with one of the simpler versions popularized by Captain Jason Ehrlich of Australian.
The FG (full form fine grip) knot was originally designed by GT fishermen who found their line to line connections giving way due to the hard fighting giant fish. They also wanted something that could easily pass through the guides since they were mainly casting poppers and swim baits.
Steps for Tying an FG or GT or Sebile Knot
- The key to successful tying is to maintain tension on the lines.
- It is important to do the tightening at the designated steps to lock the coils in place. Otherwise, the knot may slip and fail.
- It is not recommended to put super glue on the knot as it tends to crack when it is under pressure. That can create sharp edges compromising the line. Moreover, the junction loses pliability.
- It can get weak if you make mistakes in tying.
- It is better to learn to tie this knot than relying on swivels that can weaken the fragile main line and damage rod guides. It also takes more time to tie 2 knots to a swivel than tying a single line to line knot.
- PR bobbin knot – Is tied with a bobbin.
FG Knot v/s Other Knots
- Uni to uni or double uni knot – Thicker and lower breaking strength. Better for mono to fluoro connections.
- Alberto (modified Albright) knot – Weaker and thicker.
- Albright knot – Weaker and thicker.
- Bimini twist – When combined with the double uni, Yucatan and Albright knots, it was found to be weaker than the FG knot. However, on coupling with the FG itself, it is found to be stronger.
- Improved Albright knot – Thicker, weaker.
- Slim beauty knot – Weaker and tougher to tie, mostly in low light conditions. Larger.
- Necessary for anglers who cast or jig for big and powerful game fish like tuna, GT (giant trevally), etc.
- Bass fishing.
- While setting up rigs.
- With shock leaders for surfcasting.
- For popping and jigging.