Surgeon’s Knot

Use to tie tippet to end of leader or for the finer sections of tapered leaders. Quicker and stronger than the barrel knot. Better that the barrel knot for joining pieces of leader material that differ by more than .003″ in diameter.

Step 1:

Clip off section of tippet material and lay next to end of your leader with two strands overlapping by 4″ to 6″.

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 1

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 1

Step 2:

Tie an overhand knot in this doubled section by forming a loop and bringing end of leader and entire end of tippet through the loop together. Keep loop open.

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 2

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 2

Step 3:

Double the overhand knot in this doubled section by bringing the same double strand through the loop once more.

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 3

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 3

Step 4:

Lubricate and tighten by holding all four ends and pulling steadily.

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 4

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 4

Step 5:

Trim tag ends close to knot.

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 5

Surgeon's Knot Tying - Step 5