How to Tie a Turbot Rig

by David Proudfoot

The turbot rig, which is also effective for its close cousin the brill, is a flowing trace fished off a boom. The long trace body helps present the bait in a natural manner close to the sandbanks.

Turbot Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Trace Swivel

1 x Boom; French boom or tubing boom

Approx. 0.5 metre length 40-50lb BS main line

Link Bead


1 x 2 to 6 metre length 15 – 40lb BS snood; fluorocarbon or clear nylon

1 x Snood Swivel

1 x 2/0 to 6/0 hook or pennel rigged hooks

The Rig Body

  1. Tie on the swivel to the trace length thread on the tubing boom; thread on bead and tie to link. A French boom can be substituted.
  2. Cut the snood length in two at the mid point and join together with the snood swivel.
  3. Tie the snood to the long end of the boom.
  4. Tie the hook to the other end of the snood.
  5. Scottish anglers have had good results using a thin gauge metal flutter spoon as an attractor.

a flutter spoon

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turbot and brill trace

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