Homer Rhode was a pioneer in catching tarpon and snook on fly tackle, and he developed the famous loop knot that bears his name. It’s simple and exceptionally strong when used with monofilament and fluorocarbon leaders from 20- to 80-pound test. For northeast surf fishermen, it’s a great knot to use when they don’t want to use a metal snap. Boaters looking to jig fall bluefish and striped bass will also like this knot.
The size of the final loop is controlled by 1) keeping the first loop close to the eye of the plug, bucktail or jig, and 2) by pushing the second loop close to the first before drawing the knot closed.
Tie it a few times and you’ll see what I mean. After 60 years, the Homer Rhode Loop Knot may be considered old-time by some fishermen, but it’s a superb knot and can be tied in low light and even with slippery fingers. It’s still a winner!