When it comes to fishing rigs, which types are the most effective? Are the ones with wire leaders and number four (and larger) fishing hooks jutting out in various directions like you see in tackle shops and tackle departments from time to time the kind of fishing rigs that I’m referring to? Are these types of fishing rigs something that the average angler should even bother with? Two plus decades of fishing experience tells me NO, rigs like that shouldn’t even be considered by anyone who considers themselves a “fisherman”. This is especially true if you fish for freshwater fish species.
I have learned that fishing is much like most other pursuits in life. In most cases the simplest option is the most effective and this is certainly true when in comes to fishing rigs. These is no need for any rig for fishing to be overly complicated and difficult to use and store, and in most cases the simpler the fishing rig is the more effective it will be when used for fishing.
Below I will outline 3 extremely effective rigs for fishing that you can add to your fishing repertoire as you see fit. They all work and one (if not all) of them should suit your angling needs very well.
- The Gang Hook Rig – When it comes to fishing rigs these live bait rigs are simple, but are also very effective. A gang hook rig is simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem on a leader made from lightweight monofilament fishing line that is attached to your fishing line by using a swivel that is the same pound test of the line that is being used on your fishing reel. These fishing rigs are most effective when river fishing while wading, but work in many other fishing scenarios as well and should definitely be employed by anyone who uses live worms as bait
- The Fly Bubble Rig – This fishing rig consists of a casting bubble, tapered leader, swivel, and an artificial fly. Casting bubbles are the best way to fish with an artificial fly while using traditional spin fishing gear. The phrase “fly bubble” is simply another name for a casting bubble, and the fly bubble rig is one of the most unique and easy to use fishing rigs that you will find and is very effective once mastered.
- The Classic Bottom Rig – The classic bottom rig is for “still fishing” with bait on the bottom of a lake or pond. This rig consists of a swivel, a sinker, and a hook (or set of gang hooks). The sinker (I prefer an egg sinker) is slipped onto your line and a barrel swivel is attached to your line to act as a ‘stopper’ for the sinker. This way your fishing line will “float freely” on your line providing little or no resistance to a fish that is biting your bait. A leader (or length of line) is now attached to the opposite end of the barrel swivel and a hook (or set of gang hooks) is attached to the other end of the “leader”. The rig is now cast out and fished on the bottom of the area you intend to fish. The classic bottom rig is a very simple, yet effective fishing rig for bottom or “still” fishing.
The bottom line is that when it comes to rigs for fishing all of the previously outlined rigs should be a part of any serious anglers’ arsenal. If any of these fishing rigs aren’t a part of your arsenal they should be added sooner rather than later, that’s for sure.