How to Rig Your Fishing Line Kentucky Rig Style

How to Rig Your Fishing Line Kentucky Rig Style
Many people are familiar with Carolina, Texas and fish finder rigs. However, one you may not be totally familiar with is the Kentucky rig. Typically used by catfish anglers, this is a weighted bottom rig with double dropper lines designed to anchor on the bottom. Similar to a double drop rig used by surf anglers for saltwater game fish, the Kentucky rig uses heavy lines designed to handle the big cats this rig is capable of catching.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Barrel swivel
  • 50-pound-test or heavier monofilament line (5 feet)
  • Scissors
  • 2/0 or larger octopus circle hooks
  • 2-ounce or heavier bank sinker
Step 1
Tie one end of the monofilament line to one eye of the barrel swivel with a double-figure-eight loop. Insert the free end of the line through the eye of the swivel and slide the swivel down 5 to 6 inches. Pull the free end down alongside the main line, forming a double line. This will form a loop in the end of the line with the swivel in the middle.
Step 2
Tie a double-figure-eight knot by holding the double line in one hand and bringing the loop with the swivel halfway down the doubled line. This will create a large loop that is the top of the figure eight knot. Pull the loop across the line, around, and then back under it. Bring the loop with the swivel back up and then through top loop of the figure eight and pull tight. Trim the excess line from the free end with scissors.
Step 3
Measure 4 to 6 inches down the main line from the swivel and tie a dropper loop. Tie the dropper loop by forming a loop in the line that is 3 to 5 inches across. Wrap the line around and through the loop three times. Locate the center of the line wraps around the loop and separate the wrap with your fingers. Reach through the center wrap and pull the top of the loop back through to form a dropper loop. Adjust the size of the loop until it is 4 to 5 inches long.
Step 4
Measure down the main rig and tie a second dropper loop 8 to 10 inches from the one you previously tied. Follow the procedure outlined in step 3 to tie another dropper loop.
Step 5
Attach a bank weight to the end of the rig with a Palomar knot 8 to 10 inches below the last dropper loop. Feed the free end of the rig line through the eye of the weight for 4 to 6 inches. Turn the end of the line back and feed it through the eye of the weight and pull the line up alongside the main line. You will now have a loop on one side of the weight and a double line on the other.
Step 6
Tie an overhand loop with the loop and doubled line. Pull the loop down around the weight, moisten the knot and pull tight. Trim the excess line from the free end of the line with a pair of sharp scissors.

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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