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.
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.
- Tie Dropper knots at the points where you want hooks.
- Tie your hooks to a short length of line and put a perfection loop in the other end.
- 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.
I don't know how it would perform with a fishing line but maybe the Directional (Inline) Figure 8 Loop may do the trick. :)
I use it a lot to tie people half way the rope.
You might be able to use an alpine butterfly knot, they can be tied in the bight and are very stable: