How to Rig Fishing Nylon Thimbles

How to Rig Fishing Nylon Thimbles
Trolling for predatory bottom feeders requires terminal tackle and leaders with heavy duty test wire. To maintain a rig at the bottom, you'll need to employ a fishing tool known as a thimble, which will allow you to construct multiple loops in a wire leader. Many of the tools you will need to complete the process will most likely already be in your tackle box. The only items you may need to purchase are wire and tubing.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Multistrand wire cable
  • Aluminium alloy crimp
  • Thimble
  • Measuring tape
  • Rig tubing
  • Cable cutter
  • Crimping pliers
Step 1
Swathe the wire leader around the thimble strait. Pass 1 inch of leader beyond the strait and then cut the rest of the wire from the thimble.
Step 2
Pass the wire leader through a fishing crimp, which is a small device used to hold the wire in place. Lightly press down on the crimp at the main body where the wire was passed. This will keep it in place until you are ready to fasten it completely at a later step.
Step 3
Measure the perimeter of the thimble and then cut a piece of rig tubing equal to this length. Pass the rig tubing onto the wire.
Step 4
Place the tubing on the strait of the thimble and hold it there. Swathe the wire and tubing around the thimble.
Step 5
Pass the tag end of the wire through the fishing crimp. Secure the wire by dragging it around the thimble. Mash the crimp down so it is securely in place with crimping pliers.
Step 6
Decide how much wire leader you require. As a general rule, you need at least enough leader to circle the reel spool eight times. Always slice the leader off past the tip ring.

Tips & Warnings

You must repeat the above steps if you want to construct a second loop in your leader.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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