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How to Tie a Pulley Rig

General Purpose Rough Ground Rig

A view of the pulley rig in action.

animated pulley rig

The principal behind the pulley rig is that when a hooked fish is being retrieved the weight of the fish will cause the free running swivel to act as a pulley.

The lead weight will then be draw up above the fish with a subsequent reduction in the risk of snagging. Can also be utilised for uptiding from a boat.

Pulley Rig Components

Main Body

2 x 3mm Beads

2 x Swivels; one of these can be a swivel bead such as a Gemini pulley swivel, a Breakaway proper pulley clip or one of the other various pulley beads available.

1 x bait clip such as a Breakaway impact shield or alternatively a lead with an inbuilt bait clip.

1 x Lead Link

Approx 800mm length 60-80lb BS main line


1 x 800mm length 30-50lb BS snood

1 x Pennel Rig or 2/0 to 4/0 hook

The Rig Body

  1. Using the main body trace line, tie on the lead link and any bait clip and thread on a bead then one of the swivels or the swivel bead.
  2. Thread on the second bead and tie a swivel to the free end.
  3. Tie the snood to the swivel at the end of the of the trace body and attach either pennel rigged hooks or a single hook.
  4. The rig can be converted to a rotten bottom rig by adding a Rotten Bottom clip.

the pulley rig

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