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Old 25-06-2014, 10:10 PM
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Ive watch there video and it looks easy. Im a dumb a rse when it comes to tying knots but id like to give this a try. How long did it take to get it down pat?
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Old 25-06-2014, 11:17 PM
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Ive watch there video and it looks easy. Im a dumb a rse when it comes to tying knots but id like to give this a try. How long did it take to get it down pat?
If its the knot tying tool you're talking about, it worked perfect first go and absolutely zero slippage in everything from 8lb braid and 4lb FC leaders up to 30lb braid and 60lb leaders.
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Old 25-06-2014, 11:32 PM
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I've been a long time user of the slim beauty but with all the hype going around about the FG, I decided to give it a go and was mighty impressed. Being a relatively cumbersome knot to tie using the braid tied to the stripper guide method, I decided to spring fifty odd bucks for one of these
http://www.plat.co.jp/shop/catalog/p...ssist-2-0.html
IMO it is worth every cent, making the FG easy to tie anywhere, even in a yak.
The thing that impressed me most was the strength of the FG, heaps stronger than a slim beauty. Every time I've tested it the line has broken away from the knot.
Hmmmm....

Got to say the tool is tempting... why is it there is always something else to buy????

I used to tie the FG knot and really liked it strength wise but it was a PITA to do. I switched to the seaguar knot using the daiwa knot tool. Its so quick to tie but I do have a fair few breaks at the leader-braid knot. Personally I'd much prefer to break at the lure.

Slim beauty doesn't play well with the micro guides on my pinster so isn't really an option. Might have to spring for the tool ....
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Old 26-06-2014, 12:43 AM
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Practice makes perfect,the FG is the best.....why not learn to tie it
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Old 26-06-2014, 12:48 AM
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Practice makes perfect,the FG is the best.....why not learn to tie it
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I can and have tied it without the tool. But it takes a while and involves my right foot, left thigh, right hand, left hand and teeth.

I tie it if I'm replacing a leader at home ... if I'm on the water than I just do a seaguar knot for speed and convenience. If the knot assist gives me the same convenience and speed for an FG then its money well spent in my book.

Maybe I'll have a crack at the stripper guide version.
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Old 26-06-2014, 08:35 AM
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I'm all thumbs and 2 left hands.
Couldn't tie a FG to save myself.
Got the tool you linked.
Now I can tie a decent FG*, but I kind of wish I'd tried some other methods (tie to stripper guide etc) befors spending the $60.

*Have only tried in 6-10lb (0.6 - 0.8) braid, and easy as with 6-12lb leader.
gets tricky with 4lb leader (leader breaks while tying if not careful).
Haven't managed one in 2lb leader.

Certainly a slimmer, stronger knot than the slim beauty though.
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Old 26-06-2014, 05:18 PM
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I'm all thumbs and 2 left hands.
Couldn't tie a FG to save myself.
Got the tool you linked.
Now I can tie a decent FG*, but I kind of wish I'd tried some other methods (tie to stripper guide etc) befors spending the $60.

*Have only tried in 6-10lb (0.6 - 0.8) braid, and easy as with 6-12lb leader.
gets tricky with 4lb leader (leader breaks while tying if not careful).
Haven't managed one in 2lb leader.

Certainly a slimmer, stronger knot than the slim beauty though.
4lb is as light as I like to go in leaders. After that its FC straight through.
Must say I've never had any trouble with breakages while tying 4lb.
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Old 26-06-2014, 05:30 PM
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I'm all thumbs and 2 left hands.
Couldn't tie a FG to save myself.
Got the tool you linked.
Now I can tie a decent FG*, but I kind of wish I'd tried some other methods (tie to stripper guide etc) befors spending the $60.

*Have only tried in 6-10lb (0.6 - 0.8) braid, and easy as with 6-12lb leader.
gets tricky with 4lb leader (leader breaks while tying if not careful).
Haven't managed one in 2lb leader.

Certainly a slimmer, stronger knot than the slim beauty though.
I was doing the same breaking the 4lb leader Spork, I just use a little less pressure as I do the wraps and pull tight before the half hitches.
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