Fishing for trout is one of the most enjoyable pastimes for anglers. To make sure you have a successful day on the water, it’s important to rig your line correctly.

This article will provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your line for trout fishing.

What You’ll Need

Before you can start rigging your trout line, you’ll need a few supplies. Make sure you have these items ready before you get started:

  • Fishing reel and rod
  • Fishing line
  • Hooks and lures
  • Weight (optional)
  • Swivels or clips (optional)

Attaching Your Line to the Reel

The first step in rigging your line is attaching it to the reel. Start by threading the end of your fishing line through the hole at the bottom of your reel spool.

Tie an overhand knot around the spool and then add a second knot for extra security. Once both knots are tied, pull on them firmly with pliers to make sure they are secure.                                           

Adding Weight (Optional)

If you plan on using weight when fishing, now is the time to add it to your line. Attach a swivel clip or swivel sinker at one end of your weight and insert it into one end of your fishing line.

Securely tie an overhand knot at this point and ensure that there is enough distance between the weight and hook so that they don’t interfere with each other when casting.

Adding Hooks and Lures

Now it’s time to add hooks and lures to your line. Start by tying an overhand knot at one end of your fishing line and then attach either a single or multiple hooks depending on what type of bait you are using.

Next, attach lures or live bait onto each hook if desired before continuing on with more steps below.

Finalizing Your Setup

Finally, add any additional weights or swivels as desired before tightening up all knots with pliers once again for extra security. Once everything looks good from top to bottom, cast out your newly rigged trout line!


Congratulations! You now know how to properly rig a trout line for success when out fishing for trout!

With this guide in hand, you’ll be able to cast out with confidence knowing that every element is in place for a great day out catching some delicious fish!