How to Do a Double Surgeon’s Loop: Surgeon's Knot Loop Instructions
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Surgeon’s Loop

Surgeon’s Loop

The surgeon’s loop is also known as the double surgeon’s loop as it is made with a double strand. It creates a quick end loop in leaders and lines to enable them to connect to other loops.

How to Tie a Surgeon’s Loop

How to Tie a Surgeon’s Loop


  1. While tying the above, you are basically creating a loose overhand knot and passing the end one more time through the knot. It is nothing but doing a double overhand knot with a bight of rope.
  2. Unlike the dropper loop that forms a loop standing at right angles to the line, the surgeon’s loop makes a loop at one end.


  1. The triple surgeon’s loop – To do this, you need to first create a loose overhand knot with a bight of rope and pass the end twice through the initial loop instead of once as with the surgeon’s loop knot. It is more secure.




  • Strong
  • Reliable
  • Easy
  • Retains majority of the line strength
  • Bulky
  • Not recommended if you want to connect braid and mono surgeon’s loops. A double uni or a modified Albright knot better suits the purpose.


  1. Fishing/fly fishing


  1. Bimini twist – It is stronger.
  2. Perfection loop – The loop is in a straight line with the standing part versus the surgeon’s loop that is a bit bent.
  3. Spider Hitch – It is a bit more complex though having roughly the same strength.

Similar Knot

  1. Surgeon’s knot – It can join 2 lines of different (or similar) materials or diameters.

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