How To Make A High Low Rig (For Sheepshead & Snapper)

By: Tony Acevedo on January 30, 2020
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Want to learn how to make a high low rig?

This rig is really popular for surf fishing, but it’s also great for fishing around structure for tasty fish like sheepshead.

It can be a little complicated to learn how to tie, and definitely takes some practice to get it just right, but in this video, I’m going to show you exactly how to tie it, as well as some common mistakes that most people make (I made one of these mistakes, too!).

Let’s dive in.

How To Tie A High Low Rig [VIDEO]

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This rig is a great rig, but like anything in life, there are pros and cons to it.

Pros:

  • Two hooks can double the chance of you catching fish.
  • Two hooks also allow you to test two different baits to see what the fish are eating.
  • If one hook gets broken off, you still have another left.

Cons:

  • It takes a long time to tie.

Here’s a list of materials you’ll need for this rig:

Now that you have all your materials, it’s almost time to get started.

But first, my last tip before starting to tie this rig is to stretch out your leader material.

This will make it a little thinner and get the coils out, which will make it easier to work with.

Alright, let’s get started!

Step #1: Make a loop

step 1 high low rig

Give yourself plenty of line to work with here. I like about 2 feet of tag end from the loop.

Step #2: Tie 4-5 overhand knots with the loop

step 2 high low rig

You want the loop to be about 3-4 inches in length.

Step #3: Cross the tag end over the main line

step 3 high low rig

Step #4: Twist the line over itself 4-5 times

step 4 high low rig

Step #5: Put the loop through the gap in the line

step 5 high low rig

Make sure the knot gets through and slowly pull it tight.

You should be left with a  T knot now, which is where your hook will go.

high low rig tutorial

Step #6: Repeat steps 1-5 several inches down the line towards your tag end

This will create a second T knot where the low hook will go.

Step #7: Form a simple loop and tie 2-3 overhand knots to create a loop for your weight at the tag end

Step #8: Attach the weight to the rig by putting the loop through the eye of the weight, then slipping the loop over it

high low rig steps

Step #9: Cut one side of each loop

high low rig step by step

This will leave you with two single strands of leader, as opposed to two loops.

Step #10: Attach the hooks to the end of the leader strands with a snug knot

how to tie the hi lo rig

In this rig, the two strands are about three inches apart. Normally, you’d want them about 5-6 inches apart. This rig takes some practice!

Conclusion

The high low rig is a great rig for sheepshead because you have two hooks that can double your chances of catching fish, plus you can test out two different baits (i.e. shrimp vs. fiddler crabs) to see what they’re eating.

However, tying this rig does take some time and practice, so don’t expect to tie it for the first time while out on the water.

Have any questions about this rig?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Tim McKinnon
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Thx Tony. Instead of tying off your hook loops and cutting 1/2 off, you might want to try putting twists in the loops by rolling the line on both sides of your loop with your thumbs and forefinger rolling in opposing directions. After you twist it, pull both sides of the line out and slowly let it recoil back together to tighten up the twists. Then tie off the loop at its base just like you did and proceed just as you did to create the T knot. This double thickness holds the hook out further from your main line and also allows you to switch out hooks just like your doing with the sinker.

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I like using that rig on drift boats for snapper and such. What is a good rod to feel some of those sensitive bites and still be able to haul in a decent-sized mutton.

Robert Cirulnick
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Hi Tony, Thanks again for another great video! Can’t wait to try it!
Tight lines,
Bob