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How to Tie a Spinnerbait Rig

spinnerbait rig

​Spinnerbaits in the right hands can be one of the most effective lures available particularly in and around deep and heavy cover. 

Lots of anglers complain that they never end up catching much when using spinner baits despite buying a dedicated spinnerbait rod and having a large selection of lures to choose from.

​I see a lot of anglers rigging their spinnerbaits incorrectly which an lead to the blades failing to spin.


Just how exactly do you tie a spinnerbait rig ?

​This will depend on the type of loop that you have on the spinnerbait. Some will come with a closed loop and others with an open tie on loop.

The preference is to always buy a spinnerbait lure that has a closed loop as it can avoid a lot of the problems associated with using open loop tie on points.

​How to Tie a Spinnerbait Rig

​The best way to tie a spinnerbait rig is with an improved clinch knot directly to the eye of the bend. 

​The only time you should use a snap link is when the spinnerbait has a closed ‘R’ style loop as the tie in point.

If you are using a spinnerbait rig that has an open style loop then using a snap link can run the risk of the snap running freely up towards the blades and stopping them from spinning.

Another reason to not use a snap link or clip when rigging a spinne​r bait is that a lot of spinnerbaits are considered weedless lures.

If you use a snap link then the snap itself can pick up quite a bit of weed especially if you are dragging it through very fine weed beds.

However, if you do want to use a snap link then you need to make sure that the snap will not run up towards the blades, this is a real problem when using an open style loop.

​There are two ways to stop the snap link from moving out of the loop, both approaches effectively do the same thing which is to turn the open loop into a closed loop:

Use a small rubber band and loop it around the open side of the loop

  • ​Similar to the rubber band above you can wrap some heavy monofilament behind the snap link to close the loop.

I have also seen knots running up when using an open loop spinnerbait. Tying on a spinner bait with a weak knot can result in the knots running up and down the wire.

One way to avoid this is ti use a small dab of superglue on the knot once it is tied on.

This should stop it from moving assuming it has been tied correctly. Always be careful when using super glue to not get any on your fingers.

  • Updated October 16, 2021
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