A working cowboy’s rig is incomplete without a rope, and knowing how to tie a honda knot—sometimes called a bowstring knot—should be a skill in every cowboy’s arsenal. The honda knot, used on ropes, forms a small and permanent loop called the “hondo.” The tail end of the lariat is run through the hondo, which forms a sliding loop that’s used to rope stock.
Form a loose overhand knot at the end of the rope by making a loop and bringing the working end up through the loop.
With the working end, tie a tight overhand knot at the very end of the rope (making another loop from right to left) for a “stopper,” then bring the end back through one side of the overhand knot.
When you tighten down the loose overhand knot and pull the stopper knot up tight, you get the hondo.
Now feed the main line (the working end), through the honda. If you’re using a nylon rope, melt the tail end a bit so that it can’t slip out.