How to make droppers stand proud

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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.