These are instructions for assembling a walleye fishing rod and rig for still boat or bank fishing.
The assembly is my personal style of fishing for walleye passed down from my father.
I get all of my equipment at Cabela's
Fishing swivel or snap
Live bait floater 3/8’’ x 3/4’'
Hook size 4 or 6 (Jigs can be used as well)
Fishing weight ½ ounce or 3/8 ounce (walker sinker or split top)
Clear vinyl tubing, 1/8 inch diameter
Step 1: Fishing Rod, Reel, Line
I personally use a G.Loomis Walleye Series Spinning rod with a Quantum Spinning Reel lined with a Stren Premium Magnathin 8 pound test line. The rod has increased sensitivy in the upper third of the rod, while having a reasonable amount of backbone in the lower half. Make sure your reel has extremely smooth drag. These qualities allow you to react to light bites and battle with ease.
A common mistake people make is incorrectly spooling up your fishing reel. You should first tie a knot at the end of your line then make a lasso with your line and tightly pull it around your spool. Pinch your line on the poll to create a little tension. Turn the fishing line spool so the flat circular side, with the logo, is pointed towards you. This will allow the line to unwrap off the spool and wraps on your spool in a continuing motion. Make sure you leave about 1/16 to 1/8 inches to the front of the spool to avoid line jump and tangling when actually fishing.
Step 2: Live Bait Fishing Rig
o Fishing swivel or snap to connect your rig to the main line
o Live bait floater 3/8’’ x 3/4’’. Floaters keep your bait drifting above the lake floor
o Fishing hook size 4 or 6, dependable on your live bait size. Jibs can be used as well
o Fishing weight, a walker sinker or split top ½ ounce or 3/8 ounce dependable on water depth and flow
o Toothpick, used as a stopper for live bait floater
o 1/8 inch diameter clear vinyl tubing, used to protect the knot
o Accessory beads, used to protect the knot and provides watervibrations
o Nail clippers to easily cut the line
o Snell Holder
Step 3: Knots
Knotless Knot (Left)
Modified Snell Know (Right)
Step 4: Rig
Step 5: Rig Assembly (Hook)
2. Take the main line and pinch it along the barb.
Step 6: Rig Assembly (Hook)
Step 7: Rig Assembly (Hook)
5. Pass the main line back through the hook eye from above.
Step 8: Rig Assembly (Hook)
Step 9: Rig Assembly (Hook)
The Knotless Knot is now completed on the hook.
Step 10: Rig Assembly (Live Bait Floater)
2. Use the nail clippers to cut a toothpick in half.
Step 11: Rig Assembly (Live Bait Floater)
Step 12: Rig Assembly (Swivel)
1. Pass the end line, left to right, through one swivel eye.
2. Pass the end line again through the same swivel eye to create a loop.
Step 13: Rig Assembly (Swivel)
4. Wrap the end line around the main line 5 times.
Step 14: Rig Assembly (Swivel)
Make sure there is still 2 visible loops.
Step 15: Rig Assembly (Swivel)
Step 16: Rig Assembly (Swivel)
7. Give a good put on both ends to tighten
8. Clip the excess line with the nail clipper
Step 17: Rig Assembly (Swivel)
Step 18: Assembly (Line on Rod)
Step 19: Assembly (Line on Rod)
3. Slide the clear vinyl tubing on top of the bead.
Step 20: Assembly (Line on Rod)
Step 21: Final Assembly
This will combine the rod line and rig line.
Step 22: Finished Project
With a little practice, you will be able to make rigs in less than 2 minutes.