I usually just tie it also. Had the same problem. Also try different style weights,like the bell sinkers with the round eye tie they work well, also you can just get some big split shots and use them. The drop shot has been deadley for me this year, I have caught a lot on it, but I have been using it more so as to learn it. Very effective, caught over 25 bass on it yesterday on Barren, no real big uns but all fun.