The Double Fishermans Knot
How to Tie It & When to Use It

The Double Fishermans Knot is used for tying together two lines of the same diameter. 

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Imagine for example you need to anchor stern-to the beach and need to take a long line to an object ashore. Your mooring lines are not long enough for the job and need to be joined together. The Double Fishermans Knot would be the knot to use to make this connection.

The two double overhand stopper knots come up against each other when the standing parts are pulled apart making this knot - correctly speaking it's a bend, not a knot - much stronger and more secure than a reef knot.

Although it can be formed more quickly and easily with single overhand knots, it won't be anywhere near as strong as the version shown here.


How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot

How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot; Stage 1

Stage 1

Lay two lines together and take the right-hand (yellow) one over the left-hand (red) one;

How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot; Stage 2

Stage 2

Pass working end of the yellow line under its own standing part and the red line's working end working from left to right;

How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot; Stage 3

Stage 3

Do the same again forming two loops around the red line;

How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot; Stage 4

Stage 4

Now tuck the working end of the yellow line back through the two yellow loops, and tighten the knot (it's a double overhand knot) around the red line;

How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot; Stage 5

Stage 5

Transfer your attention to the red line and repeat the process to form two red loops.

How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot; Stage 6

Stage 6

Tuck the working end of the red line through the two red loops from left to right.

How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot; Stage 7

Stage 7

Cinch the red double overhand knot up tight.

How to Tie the Double Fishermans Knot; Stage 8

Stage 8

Pull the two standing parts until the two knots are jammed together - and that's it, you've tied a double fishermans knot.


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