How to Tie a Bimini Twist
Step 1: Form a loop in the line.
Step 2: Make 20-25 twists with the loop.
Step 3: Set the loop around a fixed object.
Step 4: Hold the standing line and pull the working end down and away to compress the twists together.
Step 5: Lessen tension in the working end while pulling up on the base of the wraps, doubling the twists.
Step 6: Release tension on the standing line and hold the twists in place.
Step 7: Tie a half hitch knot around each leg of the loop.
Step 8: Tie a double hitch around both legs of the loop.
About the Bimini Twist
Unique amongst knots, the Bimini twist keeps most of the strength of the line and creates a loop at the end of the line. It’s popular amongst off-shore fishers because of its strength and reliability. The Bimini twist also provides substantial shock absorption, so its popularity amongst fly fishers grew in recent years. It’s used to connect to another line or a hook eye. The knot itself can be awkward to tie, and it requires a stationary assist, usually the handle of a fishing reel.
Double Bimini twist: uses a Bimini twist to create two loops instead of one.
Aussie plait: an alternative to the Bimini twist, which alternates twists and plaits.
Spider hitch: makes a double line loop in the end of a line.
Yucatan knot: a strong knot designed to connect monofilament to braided lines.
Dropper loop: a strong loop in the middle of a line.
Perfection loop: makes a small loop in perfect alignment with the line.
When To Use a Bimini Twist
When you’re counting on all the strength of the line, the Bimini twist provides a secure, strong loop. Unable to untie, the Bimini twist is a permanent knot, exceptional for shock absorption.
While it’s more complicated to tie than other knots, it’s exceptional because it doesn’t weaken the strength of the line. The twist creates a secure loop at the end of a rope, reliable for hauling gear, or to use as a toehold, or joining loop-to-loop with other lines.
Regardless of the kind of fishing you do, the Bimini knot will become one of your favorites once you learn to tie it. You can’t beat the combined strength and shock absorption this knot provides. Around the campsite, you may find that you prefer the Bimini twist for creating loops for tying gear on vehicles and packs or just hanging lighting and equipment around the campsite.
With Other Knots
Two half hitches and a double hitch secure the Bimini twist, which gets its strength from the tension of the twists stacked against each other. You can tie half hitches one-handed, so they’re ideal for holding the twist in place while securing it. Place one-half hitch in each leg of the loop and then a double hitch on both legs together.
Around the House
When hanging decorations or picture frames, you can use a Bimini twist and guarantee you won’t have to re-tie or re-hang anything. It’s tough to get the Bimini twist undone once it’s tied, especially in fishing lines and monofilaments. You’ll more likely cut the loop off the line than get it undone.