How to Attach Hooks on a Dropper Rig

How to Attach Hooks on a Dropper Rig
Whether you are after fresh or saltwater fish species, chances are you may have run across a dropper rig or two. A dropper rig allows an angler to present two or more baits at a time while fishing. The only problem is that some dropper rigs may not have the hooks attached. No worries--attaching a hook to the rig is a simple process that will have you catching fish in no time.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line snaps
  • Snips
Step 1
Select a snap for the dropper rig. Choose a snap that will accommodate the diameter line and hook size you will be using.
Step 2
Attach the snap to the dropper line with an improved clinch knot. Form the knot by passing 3 to 4 inches of line through the eye of the snap. The eye will be opposite to the snap that opens to accept the hook.
Step 3
Wrap the free, or tag end, of the dropper line around the main line for six to seven turns. Form the turns beginning near the eye and work up the line.
Step 4
Turn the tag end down and feed it through the small loop formed just above the eye of the snap. Pull the line through the loop. Feed the line through the larger loop formed to the side of the knot, moisten the knot and pull down tightly. Trim any excess line from the knot with a pair of snips.
Step 5
Open the snap by pushing the snap wire inward so that it is released from the retaining clip. Insert the snap wire through the eye of the hook and then close by, securing the wire behind the retaining clip.

Tips & Warnings

Repeat the process for as many dropper lines as you may have on your rig.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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