How to Tie a Gilling Rig

by David Proudfoot

Slow Retrieve Rig

The gilling rig can also be used with natural baits such as ragworm, sandeel or mackerel strip

Gilling Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Trace Swivel

1 x Boom; French boom or tubing boom

Approx. 1 metre length 40-50lb BS main line


1 x 2 to 6 metre length 10 – 30lb BS snood; fluorocarbon or clear nylon

1 x Snood Swivel 1 x 1/0 to 5/0 hook

The Rig Body

  1. Tie on the swivel to the trace length and either tie onto the top of the French boom or thread on the tubing boom. If using the tubing boom a bead and link should be attached at this point to the line at the longer end of the boom.

A sliding or tube boom

  1. Cut the snood length in two at the mid-point and join together with the snood swivel. A two-down rig can be produced by replacing this swivel with a three way swivel.

gilling dropper

  1. Tie the snood to the long end of the boom.
  2. Tie the hook to the other end of the snood and thread on the worm, or attach redgill or shad.
  3. Attach a rotten bottom length to the bottom of the french boom or the tubing boom link to carry the lead.

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gilling or slow retrieve rig

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