How to Tie a Sheppey Rig

by David Proudfoot

General Purpose Rig

The principal behind the Sheppey rig is that of mini-pulley rigs and provide reduced resistance to the biting fish.

When a fish is hooked on one snood the others will move with the hooked fish and hopefully attract a double or treble hook-up.

Sheppey Rig Components

Main Body

3 x 3mm Beads

7 x Swivels

1 x Lead Link

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


3 x 200 – 500mm length 15-20lb BS snood

3 x 6 to 2/0 hooks

The Rig Body

  1. Cut the main body trace line into four equal lengths and tie on the lead link to one of these.
  2. Using the lead link length, thread on one swivel and one bead and tie one of the snood swivels to the spare end.
  3. Tie the second length of the trace to the free running swivel and repeat step 2.
  4. Repeat step 3 then tie on top section of the body line and attach the top swivel for the main line.
  5. Tie the snoods to the swivels and attach the hooks with any attractors.

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sheppey rig

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