Tip #46 The DROPPER LOOP for Slackwater Fishing!
Whether you are a proponent and supporter of the Sure Fire Slackwater King Fishing Technique or deplore it, as long as the methods, means, and tackle conform to the legal definitions of ADFG sportfishing regulations, it will be a viable and much more acceptable method of harvesting terminal fishery kings than other more aggressive methods which result in foul-hooked fish, wasted fishing time, and sometimes illegal retention of fish.
The cartoon graphic depicting the method and rigging mentions a dropper loop. Below is the way to tie this knot for attaching egg/bait hooks or artificial flies. Beware that this knot is not a very strong knot and I've found that it will reduce the breaking strength to about half of your line test. But I've used this dropper loop on 2#, 4#, and 8# test lines for catching sockeye salmon using light trout rods and corkies and have never broke at the knot yet. If you are fishing a lighter line on a heavier rod, just temper your hooking power and the drag to prevent break-offs.
You'll find when tying this knot that you must employ most of your fingers and thumbs to perform the tying procedure. But once you have developed that finger coordination, this knot is very easy and quick to tie. Adjust your beginning loop size to meet your final dropper loop size requirements.
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