How to Tie a Portland Rig

by David Proudfoot

Bass and General Purpose Rig

The Portland rig is an excellent trace for drifting with live sandeel, mackerel or fish strips. The free rotating swivel helps reduce tangles.

Portland Rig Components

Main Body

3 x Trace Swivels

2 x Beads

Approx. 300 to 500 mm length 30-50lb BS clear main line

Line for rotten bottom


900 to 2700 mm 10-30lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon

1 x 2/0 – 5/0 hook; a treble can be substituted for live mackerel

The Rig Body

  1. Tie on the swivel to the bottom of the trace length and thread on a bead / swivel / bead
  2. Tie the final swivel to the top of the trace.
  3. Tie the snood to the running swivel and then the hook to the end.
  4. Tie on the rotten bottom.
  5. This rig is also effective when used with shads, redgills or plastic worms.

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portland rig

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