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Knots for Loops and to Join Lines
Dropper Loop - Homer Rhode Loop - Perfection Loop - Spider Hitch
Albright - Blood - Surgeon's Knots

Dropper Loop
The Dropper Loop is primarily used for making fishing rigs. A proper Dropper Loop should NOT be too long or it will twist and foul during the cast. This is not the strongest knot in the world but properly tied and carefully seated it can hold up to most fish. The biggest fish I've caught on a rig using a home tied Dropper Loop is +45 pounds.
1. First, form a simple loop in the line.

2. Pull one side of the loop down and begin taking turns with it around the standing line. Keep point where turns are made open so turns gather equally on each side.
3. After six to eight turns, reach through center opening and pull remaining loop through. Keep finger in this loop or place loop over a nail or dowel so it will not spring back.
4. Hold loop with teeth (bad) or over a nail or dowel and slowly pull both ends of line, making turns gather evenly on either side of loop.
5. Set knot by pulling lines as tightly as possible. The loop should stand out perpendicular to line.
Homer Rhode Loop Knot
I use this knot for attaching lures, since it allows the lure to swim naturally. It should end up being about the same size as 75 or 90 pound snap.
1. Tie an overhand knot in the fishing line a few inches above the end but don't snug it up. After passing the end of the line through the eye of the lure, push the end back through the opening of the overhand knot.

2. Tie another overhand knot above the first, making sure to tie the knot around the line. Finally, snug the overhand knots together.
Perfection Loop
A Flyfisherman's knot, the prefection loop knot is used at the ends of the leader belly and the tippet. Use this knot for rigging teasers to a plug/lure. Refer to Rigging Red Gills and Teasers.
1. Double the end of the leader belly forming a loop about 6 inches long. Form a smaller loop about 2-inches from the end of the leader belly so that the smaller loop is behind the doubled line.

2. With the larger loop, make a wrap around the smaller loop and pass the end of the larger loop through the smaller one.
3. Wet the knot area and firmly pull the larger loop. Be sure the wraps tighten evenly. Trim excess.
4. To connect the perfection loops, pass the tippet loop over the leader belly loop, then pass the fly through the leader belly loop.
Spider Hitch
This is the faster, easier knot to create a double-line leader. Under steady pressure it is equally strong but does not have the resilience of the Bimini Twist under sharp impact.
1. Form a loop of the leader length desired. Near the point where it meets the standing line, twist a section into a small reverse loop.
2. Hold small loop between thumb and fore-finger with thumb extended well above finger and loop standing out beyond end of thumb.
3. Wind double line around both thumb and loop, taking five turns. Pass remainder of large loop through the smaller one and pull to make five turns unwind off the thumb.
4. Pull turns around the base of the loop up tight and snip off tag end.
Knots to Join Lines
Albright, Blood and Surgeon's Knots
Albright Knot

The Albright Knot is primarily used for joining monofilament lines of unequal diameters, such as your main line to a shock leader. It is not an easy knot to tie but a good tight Albright is small and won't catch on the rod guides during a cast.

1. Bend a loop in the tag end of the heavier monofilament and hold between thumb and forefinger of left hand. Insert the tag end of the lighter monofilament through loop from the top. Pull the standing part of the heavy mono and the standing part of the light mono.

2. Slip tag end of lighter monofilament under your left thumb and pinch it tightly against the heavier strands of the loop. Wrap the first turn of the lighter monofilament over itself and continue wrapping toward the round end of the loop. Take at least 10 turns with the lighter monofilament around all three strands

3. Insert tag end of the lighter monofilament through end of the loop from the bottom. It must enter and leave the loop on the same side.

4. With the thumb and forefinger of the left hand, slide the coils of the lighter monofilament toward the end of the loop, stop 1/8" from end of loop. Using pliers, pull the tag end of the lighter mono tight to keep the coils from the slipping off the loop.

5. With your left hand still holding the heavier mono, pull on the standing part of the lighter mono. Pull the tag end of the lighter mono and the standing part a second time.

6. Trim both tag ends.

Blood Knot

Commonly used to join two lines of about the same diameter. A good alternative to the Albright knot but not as good as a Surgeon's knot.

1. Take the two lines' ends and tie a simple overhand knot (which will be clipped off later). Then tighten to combine the two lines into one.

2. Form a loop where the two lines meet, with the overhand knot in the loop. Pull one side of the loop down and begin taking turns with it around the standing line. Keep point where turns are made open so turns gather equally on each side.

3. After eight to ten turns, reach through center opening and pull remaining loop (and overhand knot) through. Keep finger in this loop so it will not spring back. Hold loop with teeth and pull both ends of line, making turns gather on either side of loop.

4. Set knot by pulling lines tightly as possible. Tightening coils will make loop stand out perpendicular to line. Then clip off the loop and overhand knot close to the newly formed knot.


Surgeon's Knot

This is the knot surgeons use to put you back together so its a safe bet it is a good one. If you tie it good and tight it is an excellent knot for joining your main line to your shock leader. With practice you should be able to tie it in the dark.

1. Lay line and leader parallel, overlapping 6" to 8".

2.Treating the two like a single line, tie an overhand knot, pulling the entire leader through the loop.

3. Leaving the loop of the overhand open, pull both tag end of line and leader through again.

4. Hold both lines and both ends to pull knot tight. Clip ends close to avoid fouling in rod guides.

Albright - Blood - Crawford - Dropper Loop - Homer Rhode Loop - Palomar
Perfection Loop - Snell - Spider Hitch - Surgeon's - Trilene® - UniKnot
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