What is best material for stop knots - what do you use?

rudd

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Sounds like you have made a simple set up over complicated!
Three turn knot using length of mainline. When tied snip loop so now have four tags.
Bead
Float
Bulk
Two droppers.

Ps you want a supple knot not a stiff one.
It then goes through eyes with ease. Bead will stop against knot regardless.
 

Dslayer

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Sorry Rudd but dont understand that at all! Where does the loop come from to cut to create 4 tags...
Why would I want droppers? If needed I'd add using a water knot ... but not fly fishing anyway?
And seems more complicated than mine??

My end rig from rod top down ... NOTE: 99% of my float fishing is done using lift method.... and I always use a sliding setup, even if fishing the drop in only 2' of water. Its probably been 30-40 years since I last used a fixed float.

Stop knot 1 - used to act as reference point if depth of fishing changed - initially set to sit on top of knot 2 after plumbing to depth
Stop knot 2 - used to set depth of fishing - initially full depth, can be moved down to fish off bottom or up to increase depth, and just need to return to sit touching knot 1 in order to fish exact full depth again without re-plumbing..
Small bead (<0.5mm bore - stops knot passing though)
Slightly larger bead (approx 1mm bore - to prevent small bead jamming in float ring but too big in itself to stop knot passing through)
Float adaptor for quick float change
1mm bore bead
<0.5mm bore bead
Stop knot 3 - to stop line wrapping around antenna of a bodied float when casting. If less then line can wrap around stem, esp with windbeater float
Bulk shot ... placed at least 1.5x the length of the float BELOW knot 3
Anchor shot (usually 1SSG)
Hooklength quick change adaptor
6" hooklength (hook anything between a size 2 to size 16)

Yes, I agree more than basic (ie knot, float, shot, hook) but the extras make life so very much easier and well worth it.

Re: supple line for stop knot...
Totally disagree ... 6lb supple line used as a knot on 6lb main line with a 0.5mm bore bead soon fatigues (and becomes softer) at the knot's body and folds under pressure allowing the knot to pass through. A stiff line with 1.5+" tag ends passes through the rod rings virtually unimpeded (well, I've never ever felt a jarring effect from the knot catching on casts - even when using a 2BB float) but remains impassable through the bead's hole.
 
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