The "grinner" knot is the only knot I use to join swivels,hooks etc which you can find a drawing of on the back of any packet of Drennan Specialist hooks, the only difference that I do is I go thru the eye twice before completing the knot.
The only other knot I use is the "Stop knot" which is tied "onto" your line to stop whatever travelling along your line further than you want it to, I use it with the "beachcaster" when chasing surface carp but it can also be used with a sliding float arrangement for deep waters, to tie the stop knot you will need a short piece of line of similar diameter to the line u intend to tie it on i usually use a piece about 6 inches long, hold your main line so that it is out straight then the extra piece form a loop so that both ends lay alongside the main line then one end of the loop must be pssed thru itself and around the mainline at the same time4 or 5 times slobber (lick) all over the turns and pull tight then trim the ends, nice and close on the end that lays flat against the mainline and with a little tail on the other end, this knot will have a correct way "up" depending on the use u put it to, "tail" towards the rod if u want things to travel past it "tail" towards the end of your mainline if you want to stop things travelling any further.
Hope that helps
One of the easiest ways to attach a feeder is by connecting a link-swivel to the feeder, thread your mainline through the eye of the swivel and use a 'leger stop' on your line to prevent it from sliding off.
Tie your hook direct to your main line or if you prefer, tie it to a lighter line initially before connecting it to your mainline.
Once you've done that move your leger stop about 12-18 inches from your hook. You can use a couple of small shot such as no4 grouped together rather than a stop but this can sometimes damage the line.
Don't put a shot either side of the swivel though as this would then potentially be a risk to a fish should you break-off.
The easiest way to learn to tie knots is if someone shows you. We are putting together a section for that in the near future but in the mean time, pop into your local tackle shop and get them to tie a few with you. Most won't mind because at the end of the day, you'll more than likely be spending your money with them. Tell them I told you to ask
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Bob,try to get hold of a copy of The Complete Coarse Fisherman by John Wilson,
It is/was published by Boxtree (ISBN 0 7522 1024 6)
It will show you all you need to get started and all the topics are accompanied by excellent line drawings and diagrams to show you what is what.All in all a great book that i still dip into myself even after nearly 40 years,you are never to old or young to learn.
Hope this is of some help,
After a bit of a search, here is a link to a similar book to The Complete Coarse Fisherman, The Complete Book of Fishing : Tackle Techniques Species Bait
John Wilson (Editor), Arthur Oglesby, Trevor Housby, Mike Millman, available from Amazon, Click Here
I normally use middy feeder links which are a short lenth of transparent rubber(silicone)which have a clip swivel on one end an a normal swivel on the other.Thread your main line through the swivel use a shot to stop it hitting the hook(place the shot about 18" from hook), then simply clip your feeder onto the clip swivel.
They dont look verry strong but they handle 3oz feeders with ease
Tie a largish loop in the end of your mainline,approx 12inches.Snip the loop to leave 2 lengths of line 1 6inches and the other 18inches.tie a small loop into both ends and place a feeder on the small length via the loop to loop method.Now tie a hooklength to the longer piece.Try to always use a lighter line on the hooklength in case of snagging up and pulling for a break.The lighter line strength should break first.