Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Tie the Blood Dropper Loop Knot

This knot is used to attach droppers to the leader so that another fly can be added. It is called a Dropper Loop. To begin, you start out the same way as you tie a Surgeon knot. See my July 10, 2014, blog post, "Tying a Surgeon Knot for Fly Fishing Leaders."  

1. Place two leaders together in the opposite direction so that they overlap about 4 to 5 inches. 

Layout Leaders to begin Blood Dropper Loop Knot

2. Make two overhand knots, keeping the ends pointing straight out with a loop underneath. 

Overhand Knots

3. Pinch the looped section and push it up between the middle of the two lines so that it extends 1/2 to 3/4 inch. 

Create the Loop

4. Pinch the knot and pull the line ends tightly to form the dropper loop. Tightening the loop is shown below in two stages. 

Stage 1: Knot Tightening
Stage 2: Knot Tightening

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