How to Tie a Double Trailing Fishing Rig

How to Tie a Double Trailing Fishing Rig
Many anglers enjoy fishing a double bait rig, also known as a double trailing rig, when allowed by local fishing regulations. The primary purpose of this rig is to present more than one bait, or lure, on a single fishing line to waiting fish. Often, anglers will vary the type or size of the lures used in an attempt to provide more choices for fish or to appeal to more than one kind of fish. Setting up a double trailing hook rig is a simple process and may work especially well for fly anglers who use small, delicate flies.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly line tippet material (small diameter monofilament or fluorocarbon line)
  • Fishing flies
  • Scissors
Step 1
Cut a length of fly line tippet that is 18 to 24 inches long. This will be used as a leader for the trailing fly.
Step 2
Attach a fly to the tag end of the fly line tippet. The first fly is tied to the main tippet line with an Improved Clinch knot. Tie the knot by feeding several inches of line through the eye of the fly.
Step 3
Wrap the tag end around the main line several times, then feed the tag end down and through the loop formed in the line just above the eye of the fly. Pull the line through the loop and then through the larger loop alongside the knot. Pull the knot tight, and trim excess line from the knot with scissors.
Step 4
Attach one end of the 18 to 24 inch leader line to the fly. Tie the leader line to the bend in the hook of the fly using another Improved Clinch knot.
Step 5
Tie the tag end of the leader line to the eye of the second fly, once again using an Improved Clinch knot.
Step 6
Check the three knots that were tied to make sure they are pulled down tightly and that excess line is cut from the knots.

Tips & Warnings

Tie a dry fly to the main tippet line and a smaller wet fly to the bottom of the leader. Try different flies and configurations to achieve results.

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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