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.

How to tie the double-blood knot

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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.

 

Using mini rings

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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.