How to Tie the Bristol Knot

Learn how to tie the Bristol knot in five steps.

bristol knot how-to tie leader
Pass the end of the leader material through the loop in the standing line.Joe Mahler/joemahler.com
bristol knot how-to tie leader
Keep a loop in the leader where it passes through the doubled line by passing it over your finger.Joe Mahler/joemahler.com
bristol knot how-to tie leader
Wrap the leader six times up and around both strands of the double line and bring the tag end back to the beginning of the knot.Joe Mahler/joemahler.com
bristol knot how-to tie leader
Pass the tag end under the line on your finger, under the first turn over the doubled-line loop. Wet the line and pull on the standing part of the leader and the double line. Trim the tag end, which should protrude at a 90-degree angle.Joe Mahler/joemahler.com
bristol knot how-to tie leader
In the alternative finish, simply pull the tag end of the leader back through the end of the doubled section of the standing line, in the ­opposite direction you first entered it. Wet it and pull it tight as before, but this time, the tag end will lay parallel to the leader after trimming.Joe Mahler/joemahler.com