How to Tie a Get Down Rope

Have you ever been fishing and needed to get your bait down deep but didn’t have a weight large enough to do the job? If so, you may need to tie a get-down rope. A get-down rope is simply a weighted rope that you can use to sink your bait or lure down to where the fish are. In this article, we will show you how to tie a get down rope.

How to Tie a Get Down Rope

Whether you’re fishing from a boat or the shore, a get-down rope can come in handy if you want to get your bait down deep. We’ll show you how to make one using an inexpensive weight and some simple knots. We’ll also give you a few tips on using it effectively. So whether you’re fishing for bass or saltwater fish, keep reading.

What Is The Purpose of a Get Down Rope

A Get Down rope is a rope that is tied to the saddle horn of a western saddle. It was originally used for cowboys to hold on to when sliding to the ground from their horses. The Get Down Rope helps a cowboy maintain balance and prevents him from falling flat on his face, as the rope allows him to slide down with greater ease. The Get Down Rope has also been used in rodeos and bull riding competitions. It is attached to the back of the chute and the cowboy uses it to help him get down from his horse after the ride.

The Get Down Rope can also come in handy when dismounting out of the saddle for other purposes, such as checking cattle, tightening cinches, etc. Lethal Weapon 4: In the scene where Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are chasing a truck, they throw a rope between their cars to yank it over. The rope appears and disappears as they throw it.

What Is The Best Knot To Tie A Get Down Rope

Many different knots can be used to create a get-down rope. A simple one is the Lariat Loop, which is quick and easy to tie but can come untied while working with cattle. Another option you could use is a slip knot.

It is a little more secure but difficult to undo if a loop is placed through the knot itself. If you want a secure knot that will take some time to undo, you can make it like a snake bite on your arm. A half hitch with an extra rope twist adds security and prevents the Get Down Rope from slipping off the saddle horn.

Step by Step Process: How to Tie a Get Down Rope

Step 1:

Make a bight in the rope by wrapping it once around the saddle’s horn and creating a lasso with an extra foot in length. There should be about six inches between the top of the loop and the bottom of the knot. Tighten the lasso around the saddle horn.

Step 2:

Hold the bight in your left hand. Take hold of the two legs between your thumb and forefinger, one leg in each hand. Then take the right side with your right hand and place it under the rope below the loop you just formed with your left hand. Take the left side with your left hand and place it over the rope below the loop you just formed with your right hand. Then take hold of both sides again with your left hand and pull on the legs, pushing the loop closed. Pull the two legs to close the loop.


Step 3:

Reach across with your left hand and grab the outside of the right side that you just put under. Then grasp the other leg and feed it through the loop created by your left arm and underneath all other rope parts in this process. Pull your legs apart until the rope is taut and there’s a good amount of pressure on the crotch. Adjust this to increase or decrease the pressure. Now, the fun part!

Step 4:

Place both hands inside the loop and pull down so that your arms are long. Make sure not to let the legs of the rope slip out of your hands.

Step 5:

Make a half-hitch around both ropes below the bight after holding the rope in place with your arms. Make sure it’s pulled tightly but not too tight to restrict blood flow to fingers and hands. Your thumbs should be facing each other on the outside of the knot.

Step 6:

Continue making half-hitches until you reach the end of the lariat. When you get there, tie another half-hitch to secure it and cut off any excess rope with a pocket knife or clippers if needed.

Continue Making Half-hitches

Step 7:

Pull the ropes apart and admire your work. This is a very simple way to tie a get-down rope, and it makes for quick work in the barn when you have a cow to catch.

Step 8:

When not using your get-down lariat, make sure to hang it up so that it doesn’t get tangled with other ropes and equipment. You can either hang it on the horn of the saddle it was used on or hang it on a nail or hook in your barn.

Some Helpful Tips and Suggestions

1. There are various types of getting Downs depending on what you are using the rope for. A Cargo Get Down is used to secure cargo, not people. If you are securing people, you will want to use a different knot to not be injured if the Get Down fails.

2. Use a proper length of rope for the job. If you have to, add more rope later. It is much easier to attach a Get Down to a tree or pole higher off the ground than lower down.

3. The trees or poles that you are tying your get downs to should be strong and healthy enough to support both your weight and any other weight that might happen to go on the rope.

4. A Get Down should support at least five times your weight and ten times if you are securing people.

5. Use a bowline knot to attach the Get Down rope to an object such as a tree or pole. The bowline is used for both climbing and rescue.

6. Make sure that you attach your Get Down rope to tight and do not slip.

What Knots Are Used to Tie a Get Down Rope

A bowline knot is tied at the end of the rope so you can hook it onto your saddle horn. The bowline will hold without slipping. When tying the bowline, make sure to leave plenty of slack in the rope for a mature cow elk’s horns. If you plan to use an electric winch before riding down, tie a loop at the end of the rope for the winch hook.

Use a figure-eight knot to tie the loop, leaving plenty of slack in the rope for your elk’s horns. If you are using a block and tackle instead of an electric winch, do not tie a loop at the rope’s end. A bowline on the horn is fine, but if you are using a sliding block, you will need to tie the rope’s end into a clinch knot.

Use a Figure-eight Knot

How Long Does It Take to Learn How to Tie a Get Down Rope

The length of time it takes to learn how to tie a get-down rope depends on learning. Someone who has experience with ropes and knot tying will likely pick up this skill faster than someone who does not have any prior experience or knowledge with these kinds of skills. It also depends on how often you practice and with what.

Five to ten minutes might be enough if you know the skill well, but it may take a few hours to learn if you are new to this skill.


As you can see, tying a get-down rope is not as difficult as it may seem at first glance. However, it’s essential to have the right equipment and secure a get-down rope correctly for safety and efficiency. The more time you invest in learning these skills will save your life one day!

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning the basics of tying a get-down rope. With this post, we hope you’re better informed about how to tie a get down rope correctly for whatever adventure awaits you in the great outdoors. If you are interested in further reading on this topic, check out our blog post.

Jennifer Branett
We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Leave a reply

DIY Quickly