How To Tie a Drop Shot Rig

A drop shot rig can be used to suspend your bait close to the bottom. It keeps it out of mud and weeds and puts it right in front of the fish. It was originally a saltwater technique that anglers on California’s west coast adopted quickly to finesse their bass fishing.

It has been a popular choice ever since. When rigged with bait or Senko it can be extremely effective in high-pressure lakes.

It’s easy to rig, even better!

We’ve got the answers to all your questions about how to tie a drop shot knot or how to rig a single hook to a weighted cylinder.

What is Drop-Shotting? The basics

Drop shot rig suspends your hook over a weight. This simple idea has profound consequences.

Contrary to standard worm fishing methods, the weight of your line is taking the abuse from the bottom. This will result in more bass being caught more often. The benefits of the drop shot rig don’t end there.

You can run as far as you want between the hook-and-the sinker. This allows you to adjust the hook’s height for weeds or other vegetation. This allows you to precisely target your depth. The weight is attached to your line, not to your bait or hook, so the worm can do what it wants.

This creates an extremely attractive action regardless of whether you use a Texas rig or a nose hook.

Are you looking for the perfect rod? Our guide will help you find the best drop shot rod.

How to tie a Drop-Shot Rig

Start by attaching your hook to a Palomar tie. This will create a long tag end.

if you aren’t sure how to tie the knot.

You’ll have a tag end running back along your mainline when you finish your Palomar. Here, I have tied a #1 Gamakatsu circular hook with a 6-pound Trilene.

To redirect the long tag end, run it back through the eye at the hook.

You’ll see this when you take the tag-end through your eye.

As you can see the tag end is running past the hook and just waiting for a weighted cylinder!

Attach your weight to the end tag end. Adjust the length to fit your needs.

Our Top Drop-Shot Tips

You need to be able to use this technique effectively.

Line selection –You might have a large jerk bait and heavy-weight braid. However, your drop shot line should be sensitive but subtle. We recommend Suffix 832 for a 10-20 pound test. This mainline is strong and sensitive. To provide a little shock absorption and lessen visibility around our terminal tackle, we recommend that the mono leader or fluorocarbon be run from there.

Seaguar Invizx is our top choice, as well as Stren Original. Simple mono will outperform all fluorocarbons if you don’t run the Seaguar. You can read our “Myths Busted” article to find out why.

Hook selection Gamakatsu drop shot shack hooks in sizes 1-1/0 are highly recommended. These hooks are simply the best on the market. Their offset hooks are perfect for running this rig weedless Texas-style.

Soft bait selection –Drop shooting is a great way to let a worm shine. I love the Yamamoto Senkos, Zoom Trick Worms, and Brush Hogs of 5-6 inches.

Weight Selection –Start at 3/16 to 1/4 ounces at the most. Cylinder weights are more effective at breaking down grass than other styles. Both tungsten and lead work well.

Fishing Vault’s weights in tungsten cylinders are my favorite, and Eagle Claw has a better alternative. Both have a no-tie option. However, I have had weights taken off my hands because I didn’t tie them.

Technique –To make the bait work naturally, twitch your rod tip and dance it gently. This is where a little slack is necessary since you don’t want to change the weight. It’s not your goal to move the water column; you want to keep that weight at the bottom.

Last Thoughts

Drop-shot rigs are ideal for any purpose, including a presentation for skittish or nimble bass fishing.

It is easy to tie and use. This will quickly make it a staple in your angling repertoire.

Please leave a comment below if this has helped you or if there is anything you would like to add.

Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.