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Fisherman's Knot

The Fisherman's Knot is an important and valuable knot for anglers, as the two lines may be drawn apart by taking hold of the ends, and a third line for a sinker, or extra hook, may be inserted between them. In joining gut lines the knot should be left slightly open and the space between wrapped with silk. This is probably the strongest known method of fastening fine lines.

Fisherman's Knot illustration

The "Fisherman's Knot" is a good knot and is formed by two simple overhand knots slipped over each rope, and when drawn taut appears as below.

How to Tie a Fisherman's Knot

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Learn how to tie a Fisherman's Knot.

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  1. Lay the two ropes side by side.
  2. Make a loop around one rope with the other rope, passing the end under both ropes (M).
  3. Bring the end over and into the loop to make a single tie (N).
  4. Tie the end of the second rope around the first rope in the same manner (N).
  5. Draw both knots tight (O).