Mark rope in two and one half full fid lengths from the bitter end. This is mark "A". Form the desired eye-size and place a mark opposite "A"--this is mark "B". Measure 1 long fid section further. This is mark "C". Continue down the rope an additional 2-1/2 fid lengths. This is mark 'D". (Fig. 1)
To mark the tuck points in the area between points "B" and "C" mark the 3rd, 6th, and 9th pics. Open up "B" with a fid tool and pass the bitter end and tail through the rope completely. Pull the tail through until "A" and "B" align. Make subsequent tucks in the same manner between the 3rd and 4th, 6th and 7th strands. (Fig 2)
Pull the tucks tight as you go. After the last tuck above attach your splicing tool to the tail and insert it between the 9th and 10th strand exiting the rope at mark "D". Remove the tool and the tape wrap from the tail end.
Work from the bitter end toward mark "A", count three consecutive strand pairs and mark the fifth pair. Continue counting and marking the fifth consecutive strand pair until a total of five strand pairs have been marked. Cut and remove these strands back to bitter end and re-tape the bitter end. After taper is complete hold rope at neck of splice and smooth cover until taper disappears. (Note: The rope may be too tight to bury before tapering. If so perform step 4 before steps 2 & 3.)