A working cowboy’s rig is incomplete without a rope, and knowing how to tie a Hondo Knot—sometimes called a Bowstring Knot—should be a skill in every cowboy’s arsenal. The Hondo Knot, used on lariats, forms a small and permanent loop called the “hondo.” The tail end of the lariat is run through the honda, 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, it’s suggested you melt the tail end a bit so that it can’t slip out.