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Ossel Hitch

How to tie the Ossel Hitch. The Ossel Hitch is a simple hitch that is used to attach a rope or line to an object, most commonly to a rope that supports a fishing net. It should tied to a line of approximately the same diameter. Given that the knot has historically been used by fishermen to hang drift nets from their floating ropes, the knot holds up well to a great amount of movement in wet conditions. It is also a quick knot to tie which is beneficial if there are many of them to tie as there are with fishing nets.

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Ossel Hitch


Ossel Hitch Knot Tying Instructions

  1. Pass the working end around the rope it is being attached to.

  2. Pass behind the standing line and then back around the other rope a second time but in the opposite direction as the first time around.

  3. Now pass the working end over itself and then tuck it under the original turn.


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