Homer Rhode Loop Knot
How to tie the Homer Rhode Knot. The Homer Rhode Loop Knot is used to make a loop connection to a fly, hook or lure. The knot has several benefits over other loop knots in that it is extremely easy to tie, it can be tied in very heavy leader or line and it allows a loop of any size to be left in the line.
This knot has evolved into several different methods of tying, all under the name of Homer Rhode Loop Knot (occasionally "Homer-Rhodes"). The original version is constructed with two overhand knots. It then was "improved" to consist of the first knot a single over hand and the second a two-loop overhand knot. The greatest divergence from the original is presented by Bill Nash in his book "Flycasting Systems" wherein the knot is constructed with a double overhand knot followed by another double overhand knot but tied in the opposite direction as the first.
Depicted here is the improved version showing the option of a double-loop overhand knot in the second knot position. We find this version adds strength to the original while retaining the simplicity of the knot.
Scroll to see Animated Homer Rhode Knot below the illustration and tying instructions.
Homer Rhode Loop Knot Tying Instructions
- Tie an overhand knot toward the end of the leader or line. Pass the tag end through the eye of the hook, fly or lure and run the tag back through the loop created by the overhand knot. Enter on the same side of the loop as the tag exits the knot. Pull this knot tight onto the standing line and manipulate it to be very close or even touching the hook eye.
- For the "improved" version, pass the tag end around the standing line twice, making two side-by side loops around the standing line.
- Run the tag end through back the loops and pull the second knot tight with the tag end. Note that the distance this knot sits from the first knot will be the size of finished loop, so make any adjustments to its location now.
- Pull the standing line to move the two knots together and set the knot. Clip tag end. In heavy line, pliers and gloves should be used to exert the necessary pressure on the knot to set it firmly.