We have provided some simple rig examples here to assist anglers in picking the right rig for the location they’re fishing, and the species they may be targeting. As with most things, these are chosen based on personal preference by each individual angler, with each option also being highly adaptable and open to their own unique interpretation.
The ‘Running Ledger’ Rig
This is one of the easiest rigs to tie and is highly recommended for any beginners. However, just because this is the case it does not mean it isn’t highly affective at the same time. It is widely used when you wish to present a bait hard to the sea bed, especially in an area of tidal flow. The simplicity of this rig will reduce tackle loss, while also providing great bite detection and minimum resistance to a fish taking the bait. The simplicity of this rig is purely adapting snood strength, hook size, and whether to use a single or pennel for bait presentation.
Constructing this rig could not be easier once you have the components required. Add a zip slider/snap swivel to your leader, followed by a bead (to protect your knot). Tie a swivel to the end of your leader, tie your choice of snood to the other side of the swivel, followed by your chosen hook. Add a weight to your zip slider/snap swivel, and bait to your hook and you are ready to fish.
See the image below for an example of this rig (Please note it is not to scale, and colours used purely for differentiation purposes)
Flapper / Paternoster
A slightly more complex rig, but highly utilised and hugely popular amongst all anglers. The versions of this rig vary tremendously, factoring in the number of snoods used depicts its name of 1, 2, or 3 hook flappers. It can then vary again with the choice of snood positioning, for example a 2 hook flapper is constructed where the snoods positioning is above the lead, whereas a 1 up 1 down would have 1 snood positioned above the lead, while the other hangs below. This rig is great when targeting the smaller fish species, or simply providing the option to cover differing depth in the water column, or even alternate bait choice.
There are 2 parts to consider when you look to make one of these rigs, the first being the rig body, easily put is an extension of your leader which will require you to utilise a line strength to match the size of weight you will be casting. Secondly is the snood strength and length, which you can choose based on your chosen target species/ground.
See the image below for an example of a 2 Hook Flapper rig (Please note it is not to scale, and colours used purely for differentiation purposes)
One of the slightly more technical rigs, mostly chosen for fishing areas of rough ground where the chances of losing tackle is increased, but highly versatile and great for long range casting with all sizes of baits. The use of an impact shield/bait clip allows for streamlined presentation to improve casting distance, while a pulley bead/swivel will lift your weight up from the bottom and away from snags when playing a fish.
Firstly, before providing instruction in putting this rig together, we’ll list the items required:
- 1 x Lead Link
- 1 x Impact Shield
- 3 x beads
- 1 x rig crimp
- 1 x swivel
- Your choice of hook combination
Following this sequence will allow you to construct this highly effective rig, in preparation please choose a breaking strain of snood and rig body that will be suitable for the weight of lead you will be casting (even more importantly due to the load of long range casting). For our rig body we have chosen 80lb, of which we will firstly tie our swivel, then simply feed a bead, a pulley bead/swivel, another bead, your rig crimp, a small swivel, an impact shield, then tie your chosen lead link. Simply press your crimp 2-3 inches from your lead link to hold your impact shield in place, but allow enough room for movement. With the main body of the pulley finished, to the other side of your swivel tie a 60lb snood (ensuring it is slightly shorter than your main rig body),and attach your chosen hook/s. With a weight attached, and your pulley bead tied to your mainline you are ready to fish.
See the image below for an example of a Pulley rig (Please note it is not to scale, and colours used purely for differentiation purposes)