How to Tie The Up and Over Rig

by David Proudfoot

General Purpose Free Running Long Snood Rig

The the up and over rig is similar in design to the long and low rig. It presents a long snood close to the seabed but unlike the fixed snood on the long and low the up and over rig acts like a running leger when fishing. The effective length of the snood is approximately twice the distance between the bottom Splash Down clip and the uppermost clip.

It works best when there is a tide run and can effective for big baits using pulley rigged double hooks. The illustrated version uses a wishbone hook setup which works well for plaice.

While the rig can be assembled with a DIY top release clip the Gemini Genie Pulley Rig kit makes things simple.

When assembling care should be taken to ensure that the main tension is on the rig body and not the snood line.

Up and Over Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Gemini Genie Pulley Clip kit

2 x 4-5mm Beads

2 x Swivel

1 x Gemini Splash Down Solo, alternatives can be used but the solo keeps the hook secure during the cast

Approx. 1.5 metre length 60-80lb BS main line


Approx. 1.5 metre length 60-80lb BS main line

1 x 30 – 45cm length 20-30lb BS snood

1 x 2 to 4/0 hook or Pennel Rig

Wishbone Alternative

1 x swivel

4 x beads

2 x crimps

2 x 2 – 1/0 Aberdeen hooks

2 x sequins

Power Gum for bait stops

Beads and other attractors as required

The Rig Body

  1. Tie one swivel to the main body trace line.
  2. Thread on one bead, the Gemini Splash Down Solo and follow with the second bead.
  3. Using the short length of neoprene from the Gemini Pulley Clip kit double loop the trace body line through the centre hole and tighten to leave the stop near the top of the body line.
  4. Thread on one kit bead then the bent pulley clip leaving the swivel free.
  5. Slide on the small kit crimp and red plastic spacer before threading the rig body line through the free eye of the swivel.
  6. Add the second bead and attach the remaining swivel to the free end.


  1. Tie one end of the snood length to the swivel below the Splash Down clip. Attach either pennel rigged hooks or a single hook to the opposite end. Alternatively, tie on the small wishbone swivel.
  2. With the hook in the Splash Down Clip maintain tension on the rig body and loop the snood into the Pulley Clip and slide the Pulley Clip components up the rig body until the snood is under tension using the bottom bead.
  3. Maintain the snood tension and secure the crimp in place. Position the neoprene stop approximately 30mm below the Pulley Clip. See detailed illustration of the Pulley Clip assembly.

Prior to casting slot the baited hook into the bait clip and clip the looped snood into the Pulley Clip.

The free running Splash Down Clip gives a bit of latitude when locating the snood line.

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up and over rig

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