| The conventional blood dropper loop knot for fishing, while being one of the easiest tying knots, is probably the weakest knot of all the fishing line knots you can use for tying fishing line.
Paul of Paul's Fishing Kites came up with the Kiwi platted loop at the right after discovering the commercial fishing longlines he was tying conventional blood loops into (to attach his traces to) weakened the 100kg mainline line by over 40%.
He found tying the main fishing line with blood dropper loops were the main cause of breakage in the longlines.
The new loop knot for fishing is one of those easy fishing knots that once mastered are never forgotten. It is also the strongest fishing loop knot around.
How to tie fishing line knots
Paul calls the new knot a Kiwi platted blood loop and suggests the following test for those who need convincing of the immense improvement in knot strength over a conventional blood loop.
- Tie a conventional blood fishing loop knot in a length of 10-15kg (20-30lbs) nylon and the platted loop knot in a second piece of line of the same breaking strain. (The diagrams are done from the tier's view).
- Pull both knots up slowly and carefully.
- Wrap the blood fishing loop tab ends around your hands and see how easy it is to break
- Do the same with the other knot and note that the platted hook loop is almost impossible to break.
Joining and tying fishing line
Paul also uses the plait when tying fishing line together, he simply ties a overhand knot to temporarily join the two lines before tying the platted loop and then cuts off the temporary knot once the platted knot is loosely formed.
One of the ends is then put back through the center of the knot to form another plait before it is fully tightened. Both tab ends are then opposed when the knot is tightened and set.
As with any knot, tightening technique is important. Try to keep even tension on the tab ends and tension on the loop during setting the knot.
You don't need a blood knot tying tool for this knot but you can use a fixed item like a large nail or vice handle to keep tension on the loop if using heavy lines (50kg-100lbs or heavier lineweights)
How to tie a platted knot with more plaits
You can also put in an extra twist in at step one and/or and extra plait after step three if you wish to make the knot bigger or have more coils in the finished knot. See knot tying illustration on the right
If you are tying multiple loops and don't want them in line simply reverse dropper loop instructions every second knot or rotate the line between loops.
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