How to Tie a Dropper Loop?

How to Tie a Dropper Loop? – The dropper loop This is my favorite knot for catching rockfish in Southern California. It’s easy to tie, and you can attach hooks, baits and jigs directly above your weight at bottom.

The dropper loop is an integral part of the dropper loop rig. This eliminates the need to use a 3-point swivel in a Paternoster system.


Although there are many ways to tie a dropper knot, the easiest and most straightforward dropper loop knot involves only four steps. This fishing knot is also one of the most reliable loop knots, with dropper loop knot strength closer to 100% if comparing with a dropper loop alternative.

Let’s see how to tie a dropper loop.

How to Tie a Dropper Loop
How to Tie a Dropper Loop
  1. Make a loop with your leader or fishing line at the desired spot. Pass the line around the loop from one end.
  2. You can make five to ten wraps, but keep the loop open with one finger.
  3. Push the end of the original loop into the hole in the middle that has been made from the wraps.
  4. Both ends should be pulled in opposite directions. Slide the coils together, keeping the loop open.

Why Rely on Dropper Loops?

This knot is essential for many anglers. The reasons are obvious:

    • No more 3-way swivelsDropper Loops replace a three-way swivel in rigs such as the Paternoster. This makes it an essential knot for catfishing and surfcasting.
      While three-way swivels aren’t expensive, they can get quite pricey in bulk. The Dropper Loop eliminates the need to store them in your tackle bag.
    • Multiple hooks or fly-A Dropper Loop is an attachment point that allows you to attach hooks or flies to increase your chances of getting bitten.
    • Strong –A Dropper Loop that is properly tied will be very close to a 100 percent knot. Although it may not seem important, a Dropper Loop can be stronger than the three-way swivel knots.
      A Dropper Loop is a solution if you have ever had knot failure on your swivel.
    • Simple –Although the instructions may seem a bit complicated on paper, once you tie this knot you will be amazed at how easy it is.
    • Quick –This knot can be tied in minutes with a little practice.

It’s not important if the fish bite and you’re busy tying.

Dropper Loop’s Disadvantages

This knot is amazing, but it does have one drawback.

It won’t be stiff in all braid and light lines. It won’t always keep your leaders apart from your main line and can cause tangles.

A three-way swivel is the best option for all limp lines.

Dropper Loops in Fluorocarbon or Braid

Knot integrity is dependent on friction. What matters more than good technique is the line’s coefficient.

Dropper Loops are unable to be pulled apart. The loop’s five wraps can only tighten under pressure and it can’t collapse under load.

The Dropper Loop is essentially a 100% knot. However, loops and bends can reduce your line’s strength by creating stress points. This knot is strong enough to create a connection.

Fluorocarbon is denser than nylon monofilament and is well-known for its stiffness. This can cause problems in knots but it is a distinct advantage in Dropper Loop!

This extra stiffness keeps the loop from getting caught on the main line and reduces tangles. In this instance, the Dropper Loop is used. It is superior in fluorocarbons and heavy, stiff mono.

A Dropper Loop is not always made with braid.

It’s not the Dyneema or Spectra fibers that braided lines are made from, but their extreme limpness. This makes braid simple to tie and easy to cast. It also makes it easy to make Dropper Loops in braid.

This often amazing limpness can mean that the loop will not hold the leader free of the mainline. That can lead to problems with tangling.

A Dropper Loop is a great option for fine nylon tippet where you want to create a connection point for another fly. Fluoro tippet is more efficient, so you should give it a shot.

What happens when dropper loops fail?

Dropper Loops are known for their strength, simplicity, and reliability. But can they fail?

In very limited cases. Dropper Loops don’t need to be wet before you cinch it down. They can also pull apart under pressure.

There are two problems that could cause trouble.

    • This knot can be tied in a damaged or frayed line Dropper Loops are just like all knots. If the line breaks, they won’t hold. If you find fuzz or nicks in your line, make sure to inspect it for damage.
    • Tangles can be caused by limp lines A braided line of any strength or light mono might not form a tight loop. This can cause tangles between your main line and braided line. Even though the knot will not “fail”, in the traditional sense, tangled leaders are a problem for every angler.


Dropper loop fishing knots are often used in certain situations. You can use a dropper loop as a fly fishing knot to attach two flies to your leader or use this knot when bottom fishing to create rigs with multiple hooks.

    • If you are fly fishing and want to use two flies at the same time to give the fish two different offerings or test one fly pattern against another, the dropper loop is a good knot choice.
    • Dropper loops are useful for catching baitfish and bottom species. Use a dropper loop to attach hook or weight. Loop the hook through the eye, and then around to make a slip knot.

After you have used it several times, the dropper loop could become one of your favorite knots. You will catch more fish if you are able to quickly change your baits and flies based on changing conditions.


    • Because they are stiffer and keep the hook from the lines, I prefer the dropper loop with monofilament leader and fluorocarbon lead.
    • Although it is better to moisten the line prior to cinching it, it can be difficult because your mouth is used for pulling tight. This loop has never come undone for me. I don’t usually moisten.


    • Dropper loops are great for fishing deep-water fish. To increase your chances of hooking up while fishing, you can attach a few dropper loops to a leader.
    • This loop is great for attaching streamers to a fishing flasher or spearfishing.
    • If you like, you can tie these knots to your mainline.
    • This knot is great to teach kids how to tie fishing knots.


    • Plait of Australia
    • Kreh Loop
    • Surgeon’s Loop Knot
    • Non-Slip Loop Knot


Dropper loop knots should be placed perpendicular to your main line. This will prevent your hook from tangling when you are fishing.


Dropper loops are not ideal when used with braid, as the rigidity of braid knots makes it difficult to keep your hook away from your line.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s a dropper’s loop used for?

It’s used to place one or more deep hooks. Because they aren’t held by a knot, you can easily change your hooks, baits, and other lures.

Q: What is the best way to make a dropper loop for your dropper?

A: To make a dropper knot, form a loop with your line, twist the top two lines at least five times, and then create a loop. Grab the bottom line from your original loop, pull it through, and tighten.

Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.