Where Do You Put Weight on Fishing Line?

Fishing line is a critical component of any angler’s setup. Without quality fishing line, it can be difficult to catch anything.

But what is the best way to rig your fishing line? Where do you put the weight?

When rigging your fishing line, the first step is to determine how far you want the weight to be from your hook. Generally, anglers will place their weight between 10 and 20 feet from their hook when they are fishing in deep water. This allows them to get the bait down to where the fish are without having too much drag on their line.

Once you have determined where you want your weight to be, you can then select the type of weight you want to use. Sinkers are generally the most common type of weight for freshwater fishing, as they provide a great balance between castability and sink rate.

Split shots are also popular for smaller presentations and for casting into shallow waters. For saltwater applications, pyramids and bank sinkers can be used for deeper applications.

After selecting your weight, it’s time to attach it to your line. If you’re using a swivel or other type of clip-on sinker, simply attach it directly to your main line and clip on a leader if desired. For free-sliding weights such as split shots or egg sinkers, tie them directly onto your main line with a simple overhand knot.


Knowing where and how to put weight on fishing line can be critical in catching fish. Generally speaking, anglers should place their weights between 10 and 20 feet from their hooks when fishing in deep water in order to get their bait down without too much drag on their lines. Different types of weights may also be used depending on the application – such as sinkers for freshwater and pyramids or bank sinkers for saltwater – and these should be attached either with clips or knots depending on which type of weight is being used.

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Emma Gibson