No Harm No Foul
By Skip Clement
The Uni-Knot name was coined by a likable outdoor writer who passed away a dozen or so years ago. His renaming of the Duncan Loop came after being shown by Norman Duncan how it was tied, and the various applications it could be applied to, but that was decades ago. Although the outdoor writer took claim – he recanted on the indiscretion many years ago, but the Uni-Knot name persists.
“Here’s how my loop knot is tied” — Norman Duncan
I start by tying an overhand knot with the mono around both the loop and the mono leader, passing the end of the mono through the loop three to six times then pulling it down with tension on both the mono leader and the tag end. When the mono folds over and starts snugging down, I then slid the knot down to the end of the leader and cinched it. By experimenting with different methods of tying this knot, I finally developed the following method as the easiest:
Drawings and instructions by Norman Duncan