Quick Skills #9: How to Tie the Poacher's Knot




Introduction: Quick Skills #9: How to Tie the Poacher's Knot

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Hi Instructables Community,

this week it is time for a new knot project. This one is very simple to tie and if you are a subscriber or read some of my other Instructables you might have seen it being used as part of the double fisherman's knot. This knot can be used as a relatively secure way to create a simple snare.

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Knot Info

ABoK Reference:#1239, #409
Alternative names:Strangle Snare, Double Overhand Noose
Main Purpose:Historically this knot was used by poachers to snare birds and other small game. In a survival situation you could use this simple knot for the same purpose.
Other than that you could use it as a hitch to attach a rope to a carabiner (not to secure yourself though)
Strengths:Simple and quickly to tie.
Weaknesses:Might jam under load and become difficult to untie

Source: Animated Knots by Grog

The Poacher's Knot is one of the few knots suitable for use with new ropes such as Dyneema and Spectra. Bowlines and other familiar loop knots may not be secure with these slippery high modulus ropes and may pull undone, e.g., at loads as low as 15 - 20% of the rope's breaking strain.

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Step 1: Bight

  1. Take your rope and form a bight with the working end.
  2. In this example the working end is above the standing end

Step 2: First Wrap

  1. Take the working end and loosely wrap it around the bight as shown in the pictures.
  2. Ensure your working end is long enough for this step if not you can still adjust it at this stage.

Step 3: Second Wrap

  1. Wrap the working end around the bight a second time.
  2. Again make sure you have sufficient working end left over for the remaining steps
  3. At this stage the two wraps are very loose as you can see in the picture when tying it regularly you would hold the standing end and the wraps in your left hand and work with your right.

Step 4: Thread Through

  1. Thread the working end through both turns
  2. Start to tighten the knot holding the working end whilst pulling on the loop.

Step 5: Pull Tight

  1. Pull the knot tight from the working end.
  2. Pulling on the standing end or loop will make the noose smaller
  3. To make the loop wider hold the knot and pull the standing end through it.
  4. If you left enough working end you might also add a stopper knot for added security.

Step 6: Views & Variants

  1. You can test the knot as shown in the picture. If you done it right the noose should tighten properly and even shaking won't open it.
  2. The second and third pictures are top and bottom views.
  3. The fourth picture shows a variant with an additional wrap which is known as the Triple Overhand Noose.

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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

    This looks like the same knot I ise for fishing called a double blood knot is what I was taught as a kid.
    Correct me if I'm wrong as I know a lot of knots have more than one name depending where your from.

    Alex 2Q
    Alex 2Q

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi gareth.collier.1985,

    from what I understand the double blood knot is a bend (i.e. a knot that is used to connect two ropes, lines, strings to each other) the poacher's knot on the opposite would be considered a hitch. However if you use two poacher's knots to connect two ropes you create a double fisherman's bend (Which looks similar to the double blood knot).

    Cheers Alex


    Reply 3 years ago

    from pocket ref 4th edition by thomas j. glover under blood knot: a common fishing knot which joins two lines of equal diameter together. (page 585)


    3 years ago

    gareth, I was thinking the same thing. But a double blood knot doesn't allow you to cinch it down tightly and then slide it open again. So it my not be the exact same. JMHO! IDK.