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SUBJECT: # 50: How to tie spinner rigs?

Submitted by Fkrk from WYOMING on 2/27/2000 3:46:00 AM

Can anyone tell me how to tie spinner rigs?


  1. 3/3/2000 8:04:00 AM Pardner from CALIFORNIA says Spinner-er rigs.
    Walleye Spinner rigs are a realitively simple affair.

    If you make your own, you need a small spinner blade in a color to match what the walleye normally eat in your lake.

    In heavily fished water, my advice to you would be to use a blade configuration different from what your lake is use to. Go around to all the local bait shops and see what they sell as pre-riged. Then pick one slightly different from a catalog, and/or make them yourself. Your catch should increase.

    After years of seeing, and hearing, and feeling the same spinner blade, fish will tend to know what's good for them or not. It's a genetically engineered thing. If the blade is different than they have seen, time and time again, your chances of greater success, "over time", will increase.

    Then you need a clevis, or the small U shaped point of attachment to your line above the hook. Slide the blade and clevis attachment up the line, followed by a small, colored plastic bead. Tie the line off with a very small barrel swivil, so your leader material wont twist as much.

    Tie your leader material - no heavier than 8# test - to the bottom part of the swivel. Depending on the conditions you are fishing at the time, your leader should be anywhere from 6 inches to 3 feet. Example: Post Cold Front Conditions, don't use a spinner. But keep it short if you do use one. As the warming trend increases, so should your leader length.

    Water clarity will tell you something about your rig as well. Real clear water - don't use a spinner. If you do, use one that has less flash, and more dull color.

    Use colors coordinated with the depth you are fishing. Example: lighter colors toward the surface - darker colors as you go deeper. Don't use a spinner in real deep water. If you do, use a willow leaf design.

    Water temperature means something too. Real cold water don't use a spinner. It will often move to fast for the walleye. There's a lot more. But, this medium is not the best for relating all that should be known. Understanding and feedback is very important. It's a two way street. Hope some of this helps.

    Take care Pardner.


  2. 3/17/2000 9:45:00 PM Ryan Budde from MONTANA says Patterns
    I have been fishing walleyes for a long time and have found that two patterns seem to work the best. On one use a float that is either green or black. The beads for this rig are red, yellow, red, yellow, red. The other rig that I use is also a green or black float with a blue, green, pearl, green, blue pattern.

    To start out making them first think about it. Use lighter line tying your spinners than your line on your reel this way when you snag you will lose your spinner but not your bottom walker. (unless the walker hangs up) I use 8lb. for my spinners.

    Next comes the length of the line. Take a piece about your arm spread length. this will allow you some mistakes untill you perfect the knots used. Next comes the knots(sorry I dont know the name of it) I'll try to explain it but if you cannot understand it email me rbudde@jc.edu and I'll scan a illustration and send it to you. the knot- slide the line through the eye of the hook until you have about eight inches out the other side. Hold the line along the top of the hook shank then make a large loop place the end of the line at the end of the hook so enough is sticking to grab hold of it. then take the line and wrap it around itself 7 times then pull the stub of line sticking out. the hook should now be flush with the line. Use the remaining line a tie the same knot for your second knot.

    Once you have the hooks on you can slide on the beads followed by a float then a detachable spinner clevis this allows you to change spinner blade colors without changing your whole rig. finish the rig with a sergens knot. it should be the length of about 3 feet or so.

    Good luck


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