Bowline Knot

The bowline is historically known as a boating knot, but can be a valuable knot for anglers too. It forms a single loop and will not tighten or slip under strain. The bowline is often used to give lures a more erratic swimming action when retrieved. This knot is also a good safety knot, and is often used for climbing and emergencies.


1. Form a small loop leaving enough rope for the desired loop size.

2. Pass the end of the rope through the loop as though making an overhand knot.

3. Continue around the standing end and then back through the small loop.