How to Tie a Netherlands Sole Rig

by David Proudfoot

Sole and Other Flatfish Rig

The weight at the top of the sole rig trace helps keep all hooks tight on the bottom. Used in Netherlands and Belgium from the boat and shore.

Sole Rig Components

Main Body

2 x Trace Swivels

1 x Rig Clip

1 x ½ – 1 oz drilled bullet, egg or barrel lead

1 x Avis or Twisted Wire Boom

2 x Crimps

1 x 6 – 2 hooks

Approx. 500 to 1500 mm length 30-50lb BS main line


1 x Spreader Boom 500 to 1000 mm

10 – 30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon 2 x 6 – 2 hooks

The Rig Body

1. Tie a swivel to a length of the trace line, thread on drilled lead then tie on the rig clip. Several short lengths can be pre-made with different weights of drilled leads to make it easy to swap for lighter or heavier weights.

2. Tie a swivel to the remainder of the rig body line then add a crimp / Avis boom / crimp and tie the bottom to the spreader boom. Locate the boom and crimp in place.

3. Tie a section of the snood line to the Avis boom then attach the hook together with any attractors.

4. Tie the snood to the swivels at either end of the spreader boom and then the hook to the snood ends together with any attactors.

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