Put a stopper knot on main leader where you want the dropper to be. Then take dropper, form a loop and arrange as shown.
Obviously, you’ll never completely eradicate droppers twisting around the main line. But a simple overhand knot helps the dropper stand proud away from the main leader. This is a quick fix and does help, although it’s not completely foolproof. Some anglers say that this will weaken the knot but others swear by it.
■ Throw an overhand loop around the main leader and take the tag end through this opening.
■ Dampen the knot and pull tight by tweaking the tag end forwards, towards the fly line end to lock it in place, resulting in the dropper standing at a right angle.
This is basically two blood knots tied back-to-back and it’s great for making droppers stand proud away from the main leader.
■ Overlap the two sections of line and begin to wind one around the other.
■ Continue wrapping for four or five turns then double back the tag (loose) end to tuck between the two lines where the twists begin.
■ Taking the remaining tag end repeat the twisting procedure on the opposite main line and pass the tag end through the initial opening – adjacent to the first tag end – but in the opposite direction.
■ Initially tighten the tag ends before clinching the knot tight by drawing on the two main lines. Finally, snip away the waste ends.
The most common dropper knot but the length of dropper does have a tendency to tangle around the main leader.
■ Take the main leader and cut off a length of say, 10 inches. Offer up the two lengths of line in the position you’d like to place the dropper so they overlap by several inches.
■ Using both lengths, form a loop.
■ Pass the tag end (loose end furthest from the fly line) through the loop three times before drawing tight. Remember to pull on all four ends to draw up the knot evenly.
■ Having tighwtened, cut off the tag end pointing towards the fly line, leaving the other pointing towards the end of the leader as a dropper length.
Small metal rings (above) might be fiddly to deal with but they’re a great way of joining leader material together and creating droppers. The dropper knot, being tied to a ring, tends to stand proud away from the main leader so reducing tangles. Droppers have a nasty habit of twisting around the main leader which can be frustrating, so any way of making a dropper stand away from the main leader is beneficial. Thankfully, if you find the metal rings a bit too fiddly to deal with, there are a few knots that can help the dropper length of leader to stay away from the main.
Place a shorter length of leader, say about 12 inches, next to the main leader as shown.
Now make a loop with both lengths making sure they remain together as one. You’re now ready to for the knot.
Pass the the loose ends (furthest from the fly line) through the loop at least two times. Many anglers prefer three or four times.
Moisten the knot and pull ends tight so the knot beds down neatly. Choose the loose end pointing towards the point fly as the dropper.
To make your droppers stick out away from the main leader, take the loose end (pointing away from the fly line) and tuck.
Moisten and gently draw tight. NOTE: This tucked knot suits standard mono and not fluorocarbon.
The half turn blood knot is one of the most widely used fishing knots for attaching swivels to line and hooks to line. It is also used in specialist fishing circles for joining split rings to lines as well.
Here we show how you can tie this handy knot in just a few simple steps.
Don't forget, though, to dampen the knot with saliva first before pulling it tight.
Like all knots, take a close look at the finished product to make sure it's nice and neat once the knot is closed down and pulled tight. A neat knot will be a strong knot.
Finally, when it comes to trimming the tag end of the knot, cut it as close as possible to the knot itself to ensure the finished product is neat and tidy.
Here's how it's done...
1. Thread the line through the eye
2. Make five turns of the tag around line
3. Take tag back to turn nearest eye
4. Pass tag through loop and lubricate
5. Pull the knot tight and trim off tag end close to the knot
This is one of the most effective ways of joining two sections of leader together, whether they are of the same diameter or of different diameters. What you have is two individual grinner knots that slide down and butt up against each other to create the ‘double’ join. Also referred to as the double Uni knot.
Fold your mainline into a loop.
Fold it back across itself.
Wrap the loop around the back of the folded lines and thread it back through the main loop.
Adjust the knot size, wet the line and tease it together, pulling on the loop, the mainline and the tag end at the same time.
This knot is perfect to attach a hooklength to the mainline
Double your mainline to create a large loop
Fold the loop over to form another loop.
Pass the first loop at least twice through the second loop.
Moisten the knot with saliva and pull it tight. Trim the knot and you are away.
Follow the same process with your hooklength and pass it through.
This knot is widely used by match, pleasure and specialist anglers wordwide, for linking hooks and swivels to either mainline, hooklength or even braid.
It is a very strong and relaible knot that should be dampened thoroughly before it is pulled tight.
As this knot features a small amount of whipping above the swivel or hook eye it does not 'strangle' the item being tied, therefore it retains a huge amount of strength.
Pass your chosen hooklength through the eye of your hook or swivel twice. Pull 4ins of the hooklength through. Now form a loop with the tag end of the hooklength.
Thread the tag end over the hooklength and through the loop four times, making sure it exits through the loop.
Moisten the knot thoroughly with saliva and gradually pull it to lock the knot against your hook eye or swivel eye. Trim any waste from the hooklength tag end as close as you can to the knot.
This knot has many uses for the angler.
It can be used to link hooklength to mainline, it can be used to join a paternoster link to a mainline, and it can even be used to join mono to braid.
Many angler's use this knot to link their pole mainline to the hooklength, especially when fishing delicate rigs, because it is far more direct than the more commonly used loop to loop technique.
Lay the two lines you wish to tie alongside each other.
Form a substantial loop using the two lines
Ensure the two lengths of line are together and thread the pair of tags ends through the loop three times.
Moisten the knot with saliva or water and slowly pull it tight. Trim off the tag ends accordingly to either create a straight profile when joining a mainline to hooklength, or cut the tag ends to create a paternoster link for legering purposes.