How Do You Attach Weight to a Fishing Line?

Fishing is a fun and rewarding activity, but it requires the right equipment. One important piece of equipment is weights, which are used to attach bait to the fishing line.

Different types of weights can be used depending on the type of fishing being done and the size of the fish being Targeted. In this article, we will discuss how to attach weight to a fishing line.

Steps for Attaching Weight

Attaching weight to a fishing line is easy once you know the steps. Here are the steps for attaching weight to a fishing line:

  • Choose the appropriate weight for your fishing conditions.
  • Tie one end of your fishing line to an attachment point such as a swivel or snap.
  • Attach your chosen weight to the other end of your line using either a slip sinker or split shot sinker.
  • Slide your chosen weight up the line until it is resting against the knot at the attachment point.

Slip Sinker

A slip sinker is most commonly used when fishing in deep water. It’s easy to use and requires no additional hardware.

To attach a slip sinker, thread it onto your line and then pass it over a loop knot such as an improved clinch knot. The loop should be tight enough so that it doesn’t slide down too far on your line yet loose enough that you can easily move it up and down when needed.

Split Shot Sinker

A split shot sinker is slightly more complicated than a slip sinker, but it offers more control over depth and movement. To attach a split shot sinker, thread it onto your line and then pinch one side with pliers so that it opens up like an eye. Slide this open eye over your loop knot at the attachment point, then let go of pliers so that they close around the knot tightly.


Attaching weight to a fishing line is essential for successful angling. There are two ways you can do this: with a slip sinker or with a split shot sinker.

Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, so choose wisely depending on what type of fishing you’re doing and where you’re doing it. With these simple steps in mind, anyone can attach weight easily to their fishing lines!

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Daniel Bennet