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#1 Chinook1981

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Posted October 13 2007 - 7:41 PM

Does anyone out there tie there own high-low rigs? I would like to know how to do it. I know how they are laid out, just not sure of the knots used to connect the main line to the high line and low line.

Am I better off just buying them???

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#2 south shoreman

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Posted October 13 2007 - 8:46 PM

Made a few myself after my local shop looked at me like I had six heads when asking about them, I got the reply "you only need one hook." thanks guy! Anyway, they came out okay made a couple of drop loops and attached 2 gam bait holders....worked good with clams, no stripers but a couple nice sea bass. If you want to buy i saw a nice pre-made rigs by fin-nor pro series., they are made with Spro swivels and gam hiooks pretty nice.., worth a shot...

#3 Awesome John

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Posted October 13 2007 - 8:59 PM

they will cost you 1/3rd what they are selling them for.
two large "dropper loops" is all you need.

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Posted October 13 2007 - 9:00 PM

The High-Low rigs I make use dropper loops. There is just one piece of leader material. There are two dropper loops in the leader that are just long enough to slip over the hook. For a striped bass clam rig, I'll have a barrel swivel on one end and a barrel swivel duolock snap on the other end to attach the sinker. I also make a small version of this with 15# leader material for Kingfish.

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Posted October 13 2007 - 9:04 PM

i just use dropper loops. some peopel say dropper loops will not last after big fish but they are able to land decent sized fish on heavier fluro. just use the loop to loop conection to connect the hook instead of cuttign the line and tying the hook

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Posted October 13 2007 - 9:14 PM

I have found that bigger fish shy away from the hi-lows. Stick with the fishfinder rigs


#7 MichaelT

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Posted October 13 2007 - 11:36 PM

Hi/lo rig is a favorite out on the cape and I've seen plenty of big fish caught on them. If tied right and fished right you will just about never deep hook a fish. Use 50# Ande or Big Game mono and a 130# number 4 Spro swivel. The real key to preventing deep hooking is to keep the loops at 2 to 3".

At the end either tie on a snapswivel or just put a loop at the end. If you use a loop just use a twice through overhand knot (double surgeons loop). Which ever way you go remember you'll be using this end to connect to your sinker. 18" up put your first loop, then 18" more to your second loop, then 14" to the swivel at the top. Remember the loops should not be longer then 3". With this rig there is no need for circle hooks, I use 6/0 Mustad HOM92553BL J hooks and 99% of the fish are hooked in the mouth. The attached link shows how to tie the loop.


When fishing this rig keep the line tight to the sinker and your drag at the normal setting. The whole idea is when the fish grabs the bait and turns its head it will hook itself. Never set your line on free spool or use a liveliner, you defeat the whole purpose of the rig.

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Posted October 14 2007 - 7:50 AM

Someone suggested this link for me a while ago. It is a very quick video but shows a dropper loop being tied. I hope this helps.


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Posted October 14 2007 - 8:55 AM

Chinook i also used the hi lo rig and on sandy beaches worked well for me using 50,60lb pink mono. I tied blood knots for the droppers with plenty of spit. you want the tag end long enough to give you a 3-4inch gangion after the hook is tied on.I cut 3 pieces of mono about 28"long then tie the blood knots. i your fishing for bass make sure you use wide gape hooks. I use eagle claw 0/5 and a 8oz pyramid sinker. the heavy sinker makes this rig a fish trap.when the fish hits the resistance from the pyramid sinker being pulled backwards sets the hook. these fine wire hooks need a light drag or will open up. GOOD LUCK

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Posted October 14 2007 - 4:42 PM

ya do only need 1 hook.

your cell phone blitz gang is ghey!  :gay: 

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Posted October 14 2007 - 6:44 PM

Awesome John Is Right. Two Dropper Loops Does The Trick. They Are Supper Easy Yo Tie. You Choose The Momo Size. The Dropper Hooks Allow You To Attach Hooks Directly Or To Attached Snelled Hooks. Uses A Barrel Swivel At The Top And A Coast Line At He Bottom For Your Sinker. You Can Make More Than You Can Ever Use For $20.

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Posted October 15 2007 - 5:44 AM

Never got to try the hi low yet for stripers. I'm gonna give it a shot when drifting worms this fall for bass. The worms would look nice dangling off the dropper.

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Posted October 15 2007 - 7:07 AM

aa) Use a black barrel swivel at both ends rather than a surgeons loop b/c it prevents tangles/twist in the surf also my opinion it protects the mono line from abrasion.
bb) Barrel swivel at sinker end gets a duolock snap on to which goes your pyramid sinker.
cc) Keep dropper loops as said 2-3 inches and far apart from eachother so they do not touch.
dd) try making single dropper loop rig and see what happens, I make both and caught fish on both.

#14 Chinook1981

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Posted October 15 2007 - 6:08 PM

Thanks to all for the info. The best link was the YouTube video, it made tying the knot easy. I'll let everyone know how they hold up after my November Trip to OC.

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Posted October 17 2007 - 8:10 AM