If I have a fishing line that's secured at both ends, what knot would I use to tie a hook onto the line? My situation is I'm making some rigs for fishing behind a boat, with 10 hooks spaced a foot apart. I don't want to use clip on hooks, or to pull ten feet of line through a knot ten times. Or I already have a rig that I want to add more lures to without cutting the line. Perhaps it impossible to tie a circle onto a line with both ends fixed, using no extra pieces of line. If this is the case, then a topological explanation showing why will answer my question.

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    Search for "Dropper knot"
    – user5330
    Jun 28, 2016 at 0:47
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    I am not exactly sure about your requirements: Should it be possible to add more hooks to your line while it is fixed at both ends?
    – imsodin
    Jun 28, 2016 at 9:40

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I've used a standard Palomar knot before.

Pass a loop through the eye of the hook. Tie the loop into a standard overhand knot. Pass the hook through the loop. Tighten the loop and knot.

There's no rule that says the loop HAS to be at the end of the line.


Dropper Loop Knot

  1. Tie Dropper knots at the points where you want hooks.

Dropper Loop Knot

  1. Tie your hooks to a short length of line and put a perfection loop in the other end.

Perfection Loop

  1. Connect the hooks to the short lines to the main line by first feeding the dropper loops through the perfection loops, then the hooks through the dropper loops, just like putting a new leader on your float line.

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  • As both you, Desorder and mattnz mentioned the dropper knot: What makes this knot ideal for this case? There is a ton of knots to make a small loop midline. One advantage I see: It is easy to untie, but e.g. a butterfly is too and seems easier to me (much less windings needed).
    – imsodin
    Jun 28, 2016 at 9:42
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    And please add your image sources, the first two are clearly from animatedknots.
    – imsodin
    Jun 28, 2016 at 9:47
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    @imsodin One does not simply tie normal knots into fishing line and expect them to stay tied. A butterfly knot will not keep it's loop in fishing line. Fishing knots aren't meant to be untied, the struggle with fishing line is tying a knot that won't come undone.
    – ShemSeger
    Jun 28, 2016 at 14:22
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    @ShemSeger Please still mention where the images come from, as not all people will follow links and the site might be down at times and it is the rules to give sources.
    – Willeke
    Mar 21, 2018 at 10:37
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    Us knot tyers do know his site and app, but most people who will read this question and its answers will not be as familiar with him. (I did link to his site in an answer today.)
    – Willeke
    Mar 21, 2018 at 15:40

I don't know how it would perform with a fishing line but maybe the Directional (Inline) Figure 8 Loop may do the trick. :)

Directional Inline Figure eight

I use it a lot to tie people half way the rope.

  • On a wet, thin nylon line, I have a feeling figure of eight's tend to work themselves loose.
    – Nic
    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:44
  • @Nic Yeah, that's why I put the disclosure Re the fishing line.
    – Desorder
    Jun 28, 2016 at 20:57
  • Downvoted, not a fishing-line knot.
    – Beanluc
    Mar 21, 2018 at 18:28
  • @Beanluc fair... I don't do any fishing.
    – Desorder
    Mar 21, 2018 at 22:51

You might be able to use an alpine butterfly knot, they can be tied in the bight and are very stable:


  • While stable, these knots are best suited to climbing carabiners which clip to the loop. The closed nature of a hook eye requires a knot that includes the eye in the trying process. Of course, one can always include the knot via a larks head, but this effectively defeats the purpose of the knot tied to generate the loop for the larks head.
    – Todd D
    Nov 25, 2018 at 4:44

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