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Rope Knot Library: How to Tie the Figure Eight Follow Through Rope Knot

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How to Tie the Figure Eight Follow Through Rope Knot

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The figure eight follow through rope knot is one of the strongest knots. It forms a secure, non-slip loop at the end of a rope. Also known as the Flemish Bend, this is the most widely used tie-in knot by mountain climbers. The reason is that it is strong, secure and easy to visually inspect. Climbers often further secure it by tying a back up knot with the tag end.

The knot can also be tied by tying a Figure Eight Knot with doubled line at the end of a rope. (Step 1, but don't come back through the bottom loop.) It is faster but cannot be used if tying into a fixed object, so it is good to learn to tie this knot as the "Figure Eight Follow Through". A single Figure Eight also makes a good "Stopper Knot" at the end of a rope. (Step 1 with the single line but don't come back up through the bottom loop.)

This rope knot is on the PRO-KNOT Outdoor Knot Tying Instruction Cards, available at Bass Pro Shops website or at your local Bass Pro Shops store.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Tie a Figure Eight Follow Through Rope Knot

Step 1

Tie a single eight in the rope two feet from its end. Pass
the free end through any tie-in point if desired.

FigureEight 1

Step 2

Retrace the original eight with the free end leaving a
loop at the bottom of the desired size.

FigureEight 2

Step 3

Pull all four strands of rope to cinch down the knot.

FigureEight 3

 

This knot can be found on the PRO-KNOT Outdoor
Knot Tying Instruction Cards
, available at Bass Pro
Shops website
or at your local Bass Pro Shops store.
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If you'd like to download knot apps to your iPhone, visit PRO-KNOT's app page.

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Makers of waterproof knot guides for outdoor sports, Pro-Knot cards are carried by Bass Pro Shops online and in stores. Apps for the iPhone can be found here.

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