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Rig Making

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:49 pm
by Taff1
New to the forum, so firstly hi all.
Only recently started fishing and thought i'd have a crack at making my own rigs. Trouble is where to start? Obviously all the materials are freely available on e-bay but is the quality up to standard?
So thought it best to ask the professionals for some advice, where is the best place to buy? what brands of hook? etc etc

Any input muchly appreciated


Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:41 pm
by rabbi2
Hi mate a warm welcome to the forums. Everyone has their own favourite hooks and line etc.

I would start of with longshanked Aberdeen hooks 1/0s & 2/0s any quality line cut to the length of your rig plus a few inches to accommodate the knots use in making your rig.

As with shock leader make sure that you use 10lb line for every oz of weight IE 60z weight 60lb line.

All my line is bought from my local tackle dealer as on eBay you don't know how the line has been stored for example in sunlight where the line strength is seriously compromised.
Hope this helps
cheers keith :D :D

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:32 pm
by geordiesandman
hi, and welome taff.

i was in exactly the same boat (excuse the pun) as you, this time last year.

my advice would be to firstly buy some pre made rigs of the style you intend to use.. probably starting with a simple two hook flapper, then copying it.

ask around and read up on different types ad uses of end rigs then if you want to diversify, again, buy one and copy it....

i found that buying a 'rig wallet' with 'a selection of sea rigs', from one of the mail order companies was a good start point, as you generaly get two of each rig. one to 'reverse engineer' and one to try out.

with component parts, again the mail order companies can sell you a pack of 'rig components' at a very reasonable price.

also a book i have found invaluble is
'Sea Angler's Step-By-Step Guide To Bait And Rigs'

finally, dont forget to gen up on you knots...this is generally the weak point in any rig