Learning how to tie different knots can become an invaluable skill in life. Whether you’re off for a spot of fishing, sailing the seven seas, or just need to tie down some goods for transportation, knowing how to tie a sturdy knot can be very useful.
The good news is that learning this new skill is not hard (even if you’re an old dog!) There are countless knots for you to have a go at mastering (check out our other guides), but, today, we will be looking at a loop knot.
A loop knot can be used for a number of reasons. They are often implemented for attaching hooks, clips, and even other ropes when required.
But, perhaps their main use is in fishing. Loop knots are supposed to have open loops for anglers to tie a line to the end of a rig. Alternatively, they can be used to create an interconnecting system, so anglers can attach parts of tackle.
There are various loop knots you can try, such as the perfection loop knot (a simple, tight knot) and the Kreh loop knot (helps to prevent your line from snagging when fishing). There is also the surgeon’s loop knot which is possibly the easiest and best for beginners to try.
But, enough of what loop knots are and what types there are! You’re here to learn how to tie a loop knot, so let’s dive straight into business.
How To Tie A Surgeon’s Loop Knot
We will begin with a tutorial on how to tie a surgeon’s loop knot. This is basically a double overhand knot and is easy to master.
The surgeon’s loop knot can be tied quickly to the end of a line if needed and is typically used to make a ‘loop to loop’ connection. Think of two elastic bands hooking into one another, and it’s very similar.
Here’s how to do it:
- Grab and pull the end of the line upwards towards itself. Here, you will be doubling the line on itself, so you should pull the end of the line backwards to the line’s main part.
- Now, you can add your hook to the line by keeping it at the base of the loop you just created. Just ensure there is at least 4 or 5 inches left, so you can tie the knot.
- Next, you need to create an overhand knot using the doubled line. (Make a loop and pass the rope’s working end through it) Maintain the doubled line against itself and wrap the looped end over your line. Then, move it back around to the other end (side). On the opposite side, push its end into and through the looped circle you made until it reaches the other side.
- Tighten to form the Overhand Knot.
- Again, tighten this up gently.
- Now, wrap the rope’s end backwards through the overhand knot yet again.
- Grab the end of the loop and wrap around the overhand knot’s back. Now, pull this through the overhand knot again.
- Tighten the knot.
And, that’s how to tie a surgeon’s loop knot.
How To Tie A Kreh Loop Knot
A Kreh loop knot is another useful knot in fishing. You should aim to finish with a strong fixed loop in the end of your line to allow for easy movement. Otherwise, it won’t grip the lure efficiently.
Here’s how to tie it:
- First, make an overhand knot. Then, cross the thread’s end back over itself again, but leave around 4 inches of thread by the end of the line.
- Wrap this around the opposite side and pull the end towards you, but through the loop’s middle.
- Tighten the loop up until it is small (smaller than a dime coin).
- Now, if you’re using a hook, thread this on. If you are learning to tie this knot for fishing purposes, push the string’s end through the top of the hook (the eyehole) and pull the hook back to the knot you made.
- Next, you need to move the end of the thread through the loop, but maintain the hook between the loop and the end of the line.
- Tread the line’s end through the loop again and upwards toward the longer section of the line.
- Weave the thread around itself and move up the line to the longer part of the thread.
- Grab the end of the line and wrap it around the main section of the line approximately 3 to 5 times.
- Now, turn the line’s end toward the base and thread it through the loop.
- Push it through the loop’s side that is upward towards the remaining thread.
- Finally, tighten the loop and adjust it if needed.
How To Tie A Perfection Loop Knot
Also known as an angler’s loop, a perfection loop knot forms a fixed loop and is very strong.
Here’s how to tie it:
- Make a loop by simply moving the line behind itself. Try doing this on a table, as it’s easier. Just lay out the line and move the end of the thread toward the line’s main part. Now, bring it beneath the main line to create a loop.
- Leave around 1 or 2 inches at the end to make another loop.
- Now, bring the end of the loop over the top end of the adjacent loop.
- Next, move the end over the main line once again, but ensure it is between the edges of the loops you’ve already made.
- Now, simply pull your second loop through your first loop that you created.
- Finally, tighten the knot by pulling on the end of the line until a knot appears.
Learning these three loop knots will certainly come in handy if you’re fishing or tying certain items together.
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Thanks for reading.