How to Tie Vertical Jig Hooks

How to Tie Vertical Jig Hooks
Vertical jigging is a method of fishing relatively new to the U.S. fishing scene. Using heavy jigs, the lures are pulled with an up-and-down motion through the water to entice game fish to strike. Capable of producing large trophy size catches, vertical jigging is an effective method of fishing for both fresh and saltwater game fish species. Typically, braided lines are used in place of monofilament fishing line. This results in the need for a strong and durable knot capable of withstanding the forces of non-stretch braided lines.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Braided fishing line
  • Vertical fishing jig
  • Sharp scissors
Step 1
Attach a vertical jig hook to your braided fishing line with a Figure Eight Follow Through knot. Often the Double Figure Eight is recommended, but this can be a frustrating knot to tie, especially when on the water. The Figure Eight Follow Through is an easier knot, typically requires less time and will prove to be similar in strength. Begin forming the knot by loosely tying a Figure Eight in the tag end of the line.
Step 2
Form a loop several inches from the tag end of the line. Bring the short end of the line across the main line 2 to 3 inches from the loop.
Step 3
Wrap the short end under the main line and then back up and through the loop originally formed in the line. You should have several inches of the line extending from the Figure Eight loop.
Step 4
Feed the tag end of the line through the eye of the jig hook. Slide the jig hook down against the loop of the Figure Eight knot.
Step 5
Feed the tag end of the line back through the Figure Eight knot. Follow the line through the knot to form a double Figure Eight.
Step 6
Work the knot down so that it is secure and cut any excess braid line from the end of the knot with sharp scissors.

Tips & Warnings

As you are working with braided line it will be necessary to work the knot down tightly rather than sliding it.

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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