How Do I Put Weight on My Fishing Line?

Fishing line is an important part of every angler’s tackle box. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to cast your lure or bait out into the water, and you certainly wouldn’t be able to land a fish. But many people don’t know how to put weight on their fishing line to help them achieve better results.

Adding weight to your fishing line is a simple process that can help you get more bites and bigger catches. The most common way to add weight is using split shots, which are small metal weights that come in various sizes.

To use them, simply pinch off a split shot with your fingers or pliers and slide it onto your line where you want the weight to be placed. If you’re using a spinning reel, attach the split shot about 12-18 inches from the hook, while if you’re using a fly rod, attach the split shot about 4-6 inches from the hook.

In addition to using split shots for weighting your line, there are other methods as well such as adding sinkers or jig heads. Sinkers are usually made of lead and come in various shapes and sizes depending on what type of fishing you’re doing.

Jig heads are usually made of metal or plastic and they have hooks attached to them so you can easily attach your bait or lure. These methods also allow for more precise placement of weight on your line.

Finally, when adding weight to your fishing line it’s important that you use only as much as necessary. Too much weight will cause your lure or bait to sink too quickly and won’t allow for proper presentation of the lure or bait in the water. On the other hand, not enough weight won’t give you enough casting distance and may even cause problems with tangles.


Adding weight to your fishing line is an important part of successful fishing. It helps increase casting distance as well as presentation of lures or baits in the water.

There are several ways to add weights including split shots, sinkers and jig heads. Make sure not to use too much though – only as much as necessary – otherwise it could lead to tangles or poor presentation in the water.

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Emma Gibson