How to Tie a Portsmouth or Loop Rig

by David Proudfoot

Long and Low Distance Rig

Ian Golds has been credited as one of the originators of the loop rig which allows long snoods to be used where the bottom hook falls to the seabed.

Loop Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Oval Split Ring

1 x SRT Spring

5 x 3mm Beads

2 x Snood Swivel

1 x wire bait clip and tubing

1 x Cascade Swivel

3 x Crimps

2 x Breakaway Adjustable Crimps; telephone wire, silicon or neoprene tubing or Powergum stops can be substituted

1 x Lead Link with Breakaway Imp

Approx 1.5 to 2 metre length 60-80lb BS main line


3 x 300 to 450 mm lengths 20 – 30lb BS snood

2 x 1 to 2/0 hook

2 x Sequins Length of Powergum

The Rig Body

1. Tie on the lead link with the Imp (any other bait clip may be used but the Imp releases well) and thread on the following components in this order, fixing the crimps in place;

Crimp / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp

2. Then thread on the following;

Breakaway Adjustable Crimp / Bait Clip tubing / Breakaway Adjustable Crimp / Bead / SRT Spring / Bead / Swivel / Bead / Crimp

3. Tie on the oval split ring. A swivel can be substituted.

4. Tie the hook to one of the snood lengths and thread on the sequin bait stop.

5. Tie this snood to the upper swivel and add the Powergum stop knot at the sequin.

6. Tie the second snood length to the cascade swivel and the repeat with the final snood length to the non-swivel end of the cascade swivel. Tie this end to the lower snood swivel. Add the sequin, hook and Powergum stop knot.

7. Tension the trace and locate the lower hook into the Imp bait clip. Locate the upper hook in the cascade swivel clip and stretch the upper snood to tension it using the adjustable crimp against the SRT spring and crimp in place.

8. Fix the upper crimp in place.

A third clipped hook can be added by replacing the top swivel with a cascade swivel.

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portsmouth loop rig

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