The figure of eight on a bight is one of the most commonly used knots in swiftwater rescue. It is often used with throw bags for live bait, tethered boats, and tag lines. The figure of 8 on a bight is relatively strong, secure when dressed, easy to tell when its tied properly, and easy to tie and untie. It meets the 4 components of a good knot. See the steps to tying the figure 8 below, or check out the Sierra Rescue Rope-work video. Remember that a good knot isn’t finished until its dressed. Meaning that any extra twists are eliminated and the knot becomes more secure. Can you spot the steps still needed to finish this knot?