How to Tighten a Fishing Rig

How to Tighten a Fishing Rig
Fishing rigs typically consist of fishing line and various terminal tackle that anglers combine to present baits and lures in a variety of ways. Depending on the species of fish, a fishing rig can consist of a simple rig with a few components, such as a hook and weight. Other types of fishing can involve rigs with swivels, beads, weights, various knots and hooks. One thing all rigs often have in common is the need for adjustment due to knot slippage during use.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rig
  • Scissors
Step 1
Pull your fishing rig from the water and place the fishing rod in a position so that it will not fall and pull on the line. Tension placed on the line from a falling rod can lead to potential injury from hooks. Release enough line so that you can easily access the rig.
Step 2
Hold the rig and closely. Examine the knots used to connect line and leaders to barrel swivels. Examine hooks to leaders and other connection points. Such knots as the Uni, Palomar and Figure 8 Loop are commonly used with many rigs. Pull on the opposite ends of the line to determine whether a knot is loose.
Step 3
Locate the tag end of the line extending from a knot. Pull on the main line and tag to tighten knots and secure the rig. If the tag end does not extend enough so that you can pull it, push the tag end back to loosen the knot. Adjust the knot so that more line is accessible.
Step 4
Finish tying the knot by moistening the line with water or saliva and then pull on the tag end to tighten the knot and the rig. Trim excess line from the free end of the knot with scissors.
Step 5
Periodically check the rig and knots, especially after catching a fish or becoming snagged. Weight placed on the line can possibly cause a knot to slip.

Tips & Warnings

When using braided lines consider a lock knot on the free end of the line after the main knot. The Uni knot, for example, can help secure the main knot in place and prevent slipping.

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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