how to tie a quick and easy bowline knot that can be undone even after being pulled tight.

How to tie a bowline knot that won’t tighten on itself

Knots that won’t come undone are good in some instances but not in others!

One of the most useful knots to know if you are into boating and four wheel driving is the bowline.

Now there are a number of variations on this knot and there’s no right or wrong way to tie it, but in the following video I show you how “I” tie it and some of it’s useful applications.

In short, one of the main advantages of the bowline is that you can make a loop…

And it can also be undone (with a bit of squeezing and twisting) no matter how tight it’s pulled.

So if you don’t know how to tie a bowline, grab yourself a bit of rope and give it a go.

It is pretty easy and you’ll be amazed at how many applications you can use it for… e.g. towing a car out of a bog, securing a boat to a pontoon, lassoing a wild brumby.

OK maybe not that last one but you get the idea.


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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Barry

    Reply Reply March 13, 2015

    Hi Ryan your comments about brumbies brought back many memories. I am 74 but from when I was 12 for a lot of years my uncle caught brumbies near the pinnacles which is above Rupertswood near the Alice River. We only feed these horses on grass and tethered them around the streets of Rosslea to eat the Guinea and swamp grass. All our horses were tethered using the bowline knot and even with a horse pulling and the rope wet from rain you could always undo the knot but the big thing was the safety of the horse as the knot never never slipped and tightened.

    Enjoying your videos. Have fished with you a couple of times about 10 years ago and learnt so much such as why the barra had mainly empty bellies as against a Cod. You will probably remember your advice on this.


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