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How To Rig A Fishing Line

How To Rig A Fishing Line

A fly fishing instructor demonstrates how to rig a fishing line. This instructional video is perfect for the novice as well as the more experienced fisherman.

Hi, I'm Gavin Hodgson, fly fishing instructor and manager of Grangers Fishing Tackle here in South Kensington, London. We're going to talk you through some of the techniques and tips and help get you started in fishing. How to rig a fishing line: now, there's many ways of doing this but I want to talk about the basics about how to fish on the bottom, fishing bait or how to fish at the surface, fishing with a float.

So, we'll have a weight, and we'll have a hook, or we'll have a weight and a float, a bobber, whatever you want to call it. Tying the knot, I use the same knot at the swivel which will go to our main line at the weight and at the hook, the same knot which is a cinch knot or half blood knot. And if I tie the knot to shore, the knot, we will use something bright I'd like to show you.

Whatever we're tying on, like I say there are a multiple of knots that we try not to complicate things with, if we stick with the same knot, the cinch knot and count the turns through the eye of the hook, one turn, two turn, three turn, four turn. For most knots and most nylons, that's enough. Through the bottom of the knot, the important part many people miss out, it's not as important on heavy models but on finer lines, this section here, the tuck which goes back through the main knot that will stop the knot slipping.

So as we let that knot configure and tighten up, we always wet the knot little bit of lubrication to help the knot slide and it stops it over heating which would then cause the knot to become brittle. Once that knot is tight, you can see it is a barrel of turns, a barrel of turns of the nylons and then we cut that there, leave a little tag, which it cuts easy, braid done. That knot can be used to tie all the important parts of the kit.

Other things to talk about are the length. On this piece I've rigged here, is very long, this would be the kind of length I would use for beach casting, very long sinker line, with a shorter hook line. Now, the idea of that is obviously the sinker is the main part is going to lower the rod, but when it is out there, and that's on the bottom, this is going to be freely bobbing around and hopefully is not going to be catching on the rocks and the weed.

The weight is back down there this should be somewhere just bobbing around the ground and not getting snagged up, that's the idea whether it works or not. When tying a float on, we can tie the same knots on either end of the bobble float. Now for beginners, this is such an easy float to use, there's two stoppers there, do you see that? Undo both stoppers, stick it under the water, bring it up it will be half full there about.

Pop the stoppers back in, there you have now your casting weight and a visual float, so that will sit on the surface like that, with your main line attached there, and your hook line attached there. You can attach other weights on the main line, on the hook line but to be honest it is not necessary. We like to fish the hook with the bait; that to the rod, job done, very simple. .