There are several methods of attaching two hooks to a single line for trolling. Fishing with two hooks increases the chances of catching fish, and it allows you to sink the hooks much more quickly than you can sink a single hook. You can use tandem hooks for conventional fishing or fly fishing, and you can attach the extra hook permanently or temporarily.
The clinch knot is effective for attaching an extra hook for temporary use. Make a loop in the line, and hook it around the bend in the hook. Make six or seven twists in the line, and feed the tag end through the loop below the twists. Cinch the knot tight, and use the same knot to attach the second hook on the new trailing line. This rig works well for trolling because the two hooks do not tangle. Both hooks move at the same speed and depth. You also can use the clinch knot for fishing a dry fly with a dropper or a double dry fly setup.
Permanent trailing hooks work well on large lures, flies and bait hooks that are dedicated to trolling. You can use the second hook for bait, as a second lure or fly, and as a stinger hook concealed in the tail of a large lure or fly. Attach the second hook by measuring a segment of line twice as long as the distance you desire. Place the trailing hook on the line, then loop the line. Hold the loop on the top of the hook shank, and make several wraps of tying thread over the line. Use three or four half hitches to secure the thread and the line to the hook. Place a bead of super glue on the thread to secure the line to the hook. The second hook will hold under pressure, and both hooks will be effective for catching fish.
You can tie tandem hooks on bare hooks before you actually tie the fly. Place the trailing hook in a fly-tying vise. Lay a piece of fishing line on the top of the hook, and secure it by wrapping thread over the entire length of the hook shank. Use three or four half hitches to knot the thread, and cover all of the thread wraps with super glue or head cement. Allow the glue to dry before removing the hook from the vise. Place the lead hook in the vise, and repeat the process, using the line that is trailing from the original hook. The line, thread wraps and glue will secure the line to both hooks. Once all of the glue is dry, you can tie the fly on each hook. This is a dedicated trolling rig you can use for trolling with a fly rod or conventional tackle.
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