Surgeon’s KnotThis knot ranks as one of the best and easiest to tie knots for joining lines of equal or unequal diameters. It can also be used to join lines of different materials. It is simply two overhand knots with the entire leader pulled through the knot each time. When properly tied, the Surgeon’s Knot approaches 100-percent line strength. It must be tightened by pulling on all four strands to properly seat the knot. Some anglers go with three wraps for added security, but the knot does get a bit bulky.
1. Lay the line and leader on top of one another overlapping each other by several inches.
2. Form a simple loop
3. Pass both the tag end and the entire leader through the loop 2 times.
4. Moisten knot and pull all 4 ends tight.
See Animated Surgeon's Knot Below
You must install Adobe Flash to view this content.
Disclaimer: Any activity involving rope can be dangerous and may even be life threatening! Knot illustrations contained in this web site are not intended for rock climbing instruction. Many knots are not suitable for the risks involved in climbing. Seek professional instruction. Many of these knots have histories of use tracing back hundreds of years. However, many critical factors in their use today cannot be controlled, including: the appropriateness of knots used in particular applications, the age, size, and condition of ropes (knots weaken the rated breaking strength of rope anywhere from 50% to as much as 80%, even more in the case of old and worn rope); and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.