How to Rig Fishing Beads

How to Rig Fishing Beads
Used by both saltwater and freshwater anglers, fishing beads are commonly made of plastic, metal or glass. Available in popular sizes ranging from 4 mm to 8 mm in diameter, fishing beads are made in a variety of colors, including green, white, red, black and silver. Fishing beads can add flash and aid in creating noise, when properly rigged. You can also use beads as a buffer between heavier lead weights and knots to prevent excessive wear.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Bullet weight
  • Fishing bead, 8 mm
  • Hook
  • Scissors
Step 1
Slide a cone-shaped bullet weight onto the end of your fishing line, with its nose pointing up the line.
Step 2
Place a metal, plastic or glass bead of your choice on the line below the bullet weight. Use an 8 mm bead with a color, such as red, silver, gold, black or orange.
Step 3
Attach an offset worm hook to your line with a Palomar knot. Form the knot by passing the line through the eye of the hook and then back through the eye creating a loop on onside and a double line on the other. Tie and overhand knot with the loop and the double line. Pull the loop down around the bend of the hook and tighten the knot securely against the eye of the hook.

Tips & Warnings

Use a bead to help create noise by clacking against the sliding bullet weight.
Use a bead to protect the Palomar knot attaching the hook to the line.

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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