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How to Tie a Manrope Knot

The Manrope knot is often used as a decorative stopper knot. It is also used at the end of ropes on either side of a gangway or to stop a lanyard from slipping.

Manrope Knot Step 1:

Manrope Knot Step 1:

Begin by tying a wall knot, where each strand passes through a loop created by another strand (see Wall knot on this site). Leave loose as it will be required to complete the knot.

Manrope Knot Step 2:

Manrope Knot Step 2:

Tie a crown knot above the wall knot (see Crown knot on this site). Each strand overlaps the other strand and passes through the bight of the remaining strand.

Manrope Knot Step 3:

Manrope Knot Step 3:

Double each strand by following its same course. However instead of taking the working end out via the top of the forming basket, tuck it down and out via the bottom.

Manrope Knot Step 4:

Manrope Knot Step 4:

Repeat Step 3 with each strand.

Manrope Knot Step 5:

Manrope Knot Step 5:

Tighten the knot and trim the tags if need be. The tags should be pointing out from the base of the basket if step 3 & 4 were completed correctly.

Knots Description

How to Tie a Manrope Knot

The Manrope knot is often used as a decorative stopper knot. It is also often used at the end of ropes on either side of a gangway or to stop a lanyard from slipping. Before tying the knot it is important to apply a whipping where the strands begin, ideally leaving at least 20 times the diameter of the rope in length for the strands. The Manrope knot combines both a Wall knot and a Crown knot. The Manrope knot is often confused with a Turks Head as both knots have a basket weave pattern.


There are basic rules that apply to the tying of all knots in nylon monofilament, copolymer and cofilament lines. These rules apply in differing degrees to most of the knots, splices and hitches formed in multi-strand materials, such as Dacron, Micron, braided nylon and wire or cable leaders.
Knowing and adhering to these rules will reduce the incidence of knot failure in your fishing endeavours.
RULE 1: Be thoroughly familiar with all the knots you tie and continually practice the tying of those knots.
RULE 2: Always lubricate knots before tightening them, either with saliva, water or another similar lubricant. Knots tied in nylon monofilament, copolymer and cofilament lines are highly susceptible to heat friction.
RULE 3: When tightening the knot, do so gently but firmly. Do not draw the knot quickly as this can generate heat damaging the line. Give a few test pulls on the newly tied knot.
RULE 4: If you are not happy with a knot, always re-tie it until you are satisfied. Remember that a knot is effectively the weakest link between you and the fish and the stronger and better tied it is, the more chance you have of catching fish.


Tags should be trimmed to an appropriate length and trimmed with a pair of clippers or a knife as opposed to teeth.  


Knots fail for a number of reasons. Slippage is the most common and is usually due to insufficient wraps in the knot or trimming the tag end too short. Slippage is also a major factor in the second common cause of knot failure – heat damage due to friction. Insufficiently tightened knots often fail when sudden pressure is applied to them, such as the strike of a fish.
Lastly, knots can also fail when one strand of line cuts another. This is most common when lighter lines are joined to heavier, thicker lines. In knots where one line cuts across another, such as in the Overhand knot, the strength of the knot is reduced by as much as 50%. In all knot tying the aim should be to reduce the chance of failure and retain as much line strength as possible.


Knots in light lines, or lines under 3kg, pose unique problems. Small errors in technique will cost you more when tying these knots as opposed to in heavier line. Extra care should be taken with light line knots and any knot modification or improvement should be utilised. Using an extra wrap or two in a specific knot is a good idea in light line. Doubling the line is also recommended to strengthen the knot. Always leave a sizable tag end when tying a light line knot.  


Heavy line knots have their own associated problems. Most problems are related to the physical difficulties of twisting or wrapping thick line. Knots on line between 25 and 100 kilos can be tied, but need modifications. Firstly, twists and wraps in knots need to be reduced. Heavy line knots also need to be tightened with care and up to 50% of the lines breaking strain in pressure needs to be applied. Pulling the tag end of the line is also advisable. Finally, melting the tag end to a stopping blob using a flame is worth doing, whilst taking care no to damage the main line. 


Most experienced knot tiers use their hands, fingers, mouths and even feet to tie knots. Mastering knots will invariably require you to use your limbs in a dexterous manner for the best results. Developing your own personalized style will serve you well. 


It must be remembered that line offcuts are a marine hazard and stay in aquatic ecosystems for a long time posing a series of threats. Line offcuts should always be collected and disposed of or recycled. There is no excuse for tossing away used or broken fishing line. 


Terminal tackle is the name given to all fishing essentials such as hooks, swivels, sinkers, floats, rings, lures and flies. Basically anything attached to lines to catch fish. Knots joining terminal to line are the most important an angler needs to master. Anglers should become proficient in at least three knots for attaching line to terminal that suit their particular style of fishing. 


Knots for joining line are mostly useful when assembling leaders, particularly tapered leaders. They are often used when a tangle needs to be removed from the middle of a line or when an additional line needs to be added to existing line. 


Andrew Galwey is the publisher of Australia’s most successful trailer boating publication, Trailerboat Fisherman and Australian Boating, dedicated to the cruiser enthusiast. He developed the Internet site www.marinews.com back in 1996 as window to pass on some of his skills. Fishing, boating and the art of knot tying are certainly skills he’s mastered well.
As a fishing enthusiast, fishing both commercially and recreationally, Andy developed a fascination and skill for the art of knot tying. His 40 years of both working the land and boating has seen those knot tying skills extended way beyond fishing knots and into the world of rope knots as well.
 Marinews would like to thank Andy for his support and hope you not only learn from this excellent section on knot tying but also get many hours of enjoyment from it also.

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