How to Make a Double Fishing Knot

How to Make a Double Fishing Knot
Double fishing knots get used in various situations including rock climbing, boating and its namesake, fishing. The goal of this knot results in tying two knots that slide together when tightened securely to make a longer length of rope. In the end, you have one strong finished knot. The more tension put onto the line, the stronger the knot becomes. Any rope works well for this knot, whether it's heavy climbing line, nylon rope or fishing line. The key is to use materials that match in diameter.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Two strands of rope approximately 2 feet in length
  • Scissors, knife or nail clippers
Step 1
Set down the two strands of rope lying parallel to each other.
Step 2
Overlap the rope ends to closely resemble an X.
Step 3
Loop the top rope under the body of the opposing rope and fold it downward, and then wrap it under and around. The two ropes should look similar to a figure 8.
Step 4
Thread the end of the wrapped line through the two loops created by the first piece of rope. Pull the ropes so you put tension on the line in order to pull the knot together, but not to tighten the knot. This completes one fishing knot.
Step 5
Repeat both steps 1 and 2 with the end of the other line around the body of the first line.
Step 6
Grasp both lines and pull in opposite directions to bring the knots together to tightly secure the knots.
Step 7
Trim the line ends near the knot. You have now completed a double fishing knot, which is one of the strongest knots available.

Tips & Warnings

To prevent damage to the line while tightening, it helps to wet the knots with saliva as you pull them tight. This also ensures a tighter knot.
After you pull the knots tight, trim the rope close to the knots; however, do not trim into the knot itself. A good knot, pulled tight, will not come loose.
Have about 2 feet of rope so when you practice tying this knot you will have plenty of available material to work with.
Contrary to popular belief, never burn the end of a rope to prevent it from fraying. Heat actually damages the rope and the knot.

Article Written By Marie Scribe

Marie Scribe has been writing for more than 10 years. Her specialties include copywriting, advertising and editing. She has a journalism degree and extensive experience with business and technical writing. She has been published on and eHow.

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