left finger and thumb and hold it up while you pull out
the fid. Drop the fid, pick up the proper strand in the
end, and tuck it through the raised strand from
outboard TOWARD you, as shown in the figure.
Your first round of tucks must be taken in proper
order or you will come out all fouled up. Separate the
strands in the end and hold them up, as shown in figure
4-24, view 1. The middle strand facing you always
tucks first. Be sure you keep the right-hand strand
(view 2) on the side of the line which is toward you.
You tuck that one next, over the strand you just tucked
the other one under, and under the strand just below it
Now turn the whole thing over. You can see (view
4) that you now have only one strand from the end left
untucked, and only one strand in the standing part that
does not already have a strand under it. Be sure you
tuck your last strand also from outboard toward you,
as shown in view 5.
The first round of tucks is the big secret. The rest
is easy. Simply tuck each strand from the end over the
strand of the standing part which it is now above, and
under the next strand below that one, until you have
Figure 4-24.Making an eye splice.