How to make droppers stand proud


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


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


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.

How to tie the five-turn half blood knot

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


How to tie the overhand loop knot

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.


How to tie the grinner knot

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.


Step 2

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.


How to tie the water 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.