Fishing Knots

Tying Right Angle Rig Knots

Right angle rigs offer a number of advantages over traditional indicator rigs. This is part of the reason for their popularity with the fishing community. These rigs offer up variable strike detection, sink rates, and cast-ability. A right angle rig setup generally uses tungsten beads, rather than lead as a counterweight. Mainly because lead sinks faster is smaller, and heavier. Using a shorter leader will improve casting, while a short tippet is useful as it transmits and strikes faster. 

One additional benefit is right angle rigs has a break off, if your line gets hung up on rocks, you will get most of your tippet back. Right angle rig users have less worries about losing and replacing expensive tungsten beads due to this. Try using a right angle rig this season and see if it doesn't improve your fishing trip experience. 


Standard right angle rigs have several component parts. Such rigs consist of a fly line, braided loop, uni knots, a mono, tungsten beads, tippet, swivel , fluorocarbon, 
and a Thingamabobber. It is a simple, yet variable design that has caught the eye of many fishers in a variety of casting environments. 
 
Instructions on Tying Right Angle Rigs:
 
Step 1:
 
First tie 12 inch lengths of 20 pound mono stiff at the end of the fly line or factory loop. Then attach a 3/4 inch or 1 inch long Thingamabobber, as an indication float.

Step 2:
 
Next tie an 8-10 pound fluorocarbon to the mono, setting the knot down near the other knot with the indicator. Uni knots really work well for any of this series of knots. 

Step 3:
 
Finally add a pair of tungsten beads for mobility. Use them to tie a little swivel as an end stopper for the leader. Then you tie up the 8-10 inch shortened strippet and your fly onto the swivel. 
 
Some Alternatives to Right Angled Rigs

Right angle rig knots can be replaced with several alternatives. Bobber stopper knots, Tenkara level lines, loop to loops, and egg loops are alternative fishing knots that are still comparable to right angle rigs. Although fishers use the right angled rig in most hazardous situations, because it will rarely break, unless put under the most extreme outdoor conditions, Right angled rigs are also the knot choice for difficult casts and unknown waters, because their weak link design. Don't be afraid to use right angle rigs in similar activities. Happy knot tying.
Joshua Keaton

Joshua is our senior staff writer for Fishing.org and Shooting.org. He is an avid hunter, clay shooter and amateur photographer.