How to Tie a Salmon Rig


Anglers can catch salmon on lures, but because salmon are voracious, you can dependably catch them with baitfish. Anchovies and herring are most common baits used to catch salmon along the coast. Anglers sometimes hide hooks in whole baitfish by using large needle to a short, hooked line called a leader line through the whole length of the fish, leaving the hook near the head. Usually salmon anglers cut the head off the baitfish before rigging it.

Things You'll Need

  • One #5 fishhook
  • 24-inch length of 30-lb. monofilament leader line
  • One fresh herring
  • Sharp knife
  • 30-lb. test bearing swivel
  • 30-lb. test snap swivel
  • Tie a #5 fishhook to a 24-inch length of 30-lb. monofilament leader using a cinch knot or any other rigging knot.

  • Lay a fresh herring on its side on a flat surface. Cut off the head at an angle, which keeps the bait from distorting when pulled through the water.

  • Remove the internal organs from the herring with your fingers.

  • Cut a slice in the belly of the herring near the tail. This slice allows water to pass through the body of the baitfish.

  • Push the fishhook into the body cavity of the baitfish then push the sharp end of the hook through the side of the fish. Pull the hook completely through the side of the herring all the way to the hook eye.

  • Tie the leader line to a 30-lb. test bearing swivel using a cinch knot or other rigging knot.

  • Tie a 30-lb. test snap swivel to the end of your fishing line. Snap the bearing swivel to the snap swivel.

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