Essential Rope Knots

Blood Knot

The Blood Knot is a fishing knot used to tie two lines of similar diameter together. It is a strong and reliable knot for joining lines, and is often used by anglers to create a leader or to extend the length of a fishing line.

  1. Overlap the two lines to be joined, leaving about 6 inches of overlap.
  2. Make 5-6 turns around the standing part of one line with the other line, keeping the turns tight and close together.
  3. Bring the end of the second line back through the center of the turns, between the two lines.
  4. Moisten the knot, and pull on both standing parts of the line to cinch the knot tight.
  5. Trim the ends of the lines close to the knot.

It is important to note that the blood knot should be tied with care, as it is easy to twist the lines or not to have the turns tight enough, that would weaken the knot. Also, it is important to use the knot with similar diameter line, if not the knot may slip or break.