How to tie a loop knot

Perfection Loop

Perfection Loop

This strong clean loop has the standing end of the line coming out of it in a straight line. Also known as the Angler’s loop as referred to in The Ashley Book of Knots, it is one of the easiest fly fishing knots to create a small loop at the end of a tippet or leader that is completely in line the standing part. A loop to loop connection is often used to join a perfection loop in the fly line with another in the leader. It is also used to join small lures and hooks to a fluorocarbon leader via the said connection and for attaching backing to fly line.


  1. While connecting a braided line to a mono leader, it is better to use a surgeon’s loop knot on the former and the perfection loop on the latter.
  2. It ranks much higher in effectiveness than the bowline and is also simpler to tie.
  3. Works on both light and heavy mono and fluorocarbon lines.
  4. Surgeon’s knot might be slightly simpler to tie, but it has a bulkier form.
  5. Effectively attaches a streamer to your tippet end allowing free life-like movement of the former.
  6. It is perfect for building leaders that can be clipped to a swivel.
  • Slim when drawn tight
  • Stable in both fresh and saltwater
  • Allows convenient and quick leader changes with loop to loop connections.
  • Easily tied with hands
  • Size can be adjusted to make a micro loop as per choice
  • One of the few knots that holds well in bungee cord
  • Reliable in slippery and fine lines as well
  • Jams badly
  • Not suitable if the knot needs to be untied
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  1. Bimini twist – Creates a powerful loop that works as a double-line leader at the end of fishing line. It can later be used for a loop to loop connection.
  2. Dropper loop – Helps in making multiple hook bait rings on a fishing line.
  3. Figure 8 loop – Bulkier, more suited for climbing.
  4. Rapala knot – Directly attaches the lure to the line without the need for any loop to loop connection.
  5. Nail knot – If you don’t like loops, you can go for this one for joining lines of different diameters.

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Surgeon’s End Loop

This loop is formed at the end of the line for attaching leaders and tackle. It’s easy for novices to tie, is highly reliable and very strong, reaching ninety to ninety-five percent of the line strength.

Surgeon's End Loop Step 1

Surgeon’s End Loop Knot Step 1

Pass the loop through the knot two times.

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Surgeon's End Loop Step 2

Surgeon’s End Loop Knot Step 2

Hold the line and tag ends and pull the knot as indicated in the image below.

Surgeon's End Loop Step 2

Surgeon’s End Loop Knot Step 3

Surgeon’s Dropper Loop

The Surgeon’s Dropper is tied much the same way as the surgeon loop with the same level of strength and simplicity.

Use this knot for hanging flies, jigs, snelled hooks, sinkers and so on.

Form a loop using the doubled line.

Surgeon's Dropper Loop Step 1

Surgeon’s Dropper Loop Step 1

Form a circle, but make it a little larger than the desired loop as it will shrink once it is tightened.

Surgeon's Dropper Loop Step 2

Surgeon’s Dropper Loop Step 2

Tie an overland knot two times as indicated below.

Surgeon's Dropper Loop Step 3

Surgeon’s Dropper Loop Step 3

Hold the line and tag ends and pull the knot as indicated in the image below.

Surgeon's Dropper Loop Step 4

Surgeon’s Dropper Loop Step 4

Dropper Loop

It’s also known as a blood dropper or a blood knot. The dropper loop isn’t all that easy to tie for novice anglers and doesn’t have the same strength of the Surgeon’s loop. However at 80% to 90% of the line’s test, it is pretty strong.

Form a loop at the desired location.

Dropper Loop Knot Step 1

Dropper Loop Knot Step 1

Pull the line from one side of the loop down and pass it through and around the standing line and be sure to hold the loose strands where they cross.

Dropper Loop Knot Step 2

Dropper Loop Knot Step 2

Hold the knot by placing you fingers on either side of the loop with your thumbs twirling the base of the loop until only a small area is open. Make sure that you have about seven twirls in the base (see the figure below).

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Dropper Loop Knot Step 3

Dropper Loop Knot Step 3

Now push the top or the original loop through the opening left in the bas of the loop. As you may have already figured out, your teeth will have to help on this task.

Dropper Loop Knot Step 4

Dropper Loop Knot Step 4

Before pulling the knot tight, moisten it to allow it to pull tight without weakening the line or the knot.

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