March 5th, 2011

……Otherwise known to those in the industry as ‘mooching rigs’…this movie comes from a request from reader, Steve G., who would really like to begin tying these on his own. Honestly, everyone should be tying their own…..

Steve, thanks for the request and I hope this helps you out! I made the raw clip on one of my 10 minute breaks! Enjoy.



Us old schoolers call it a ‘bumper’ when you add another line of a different material to achieve a new purpose for that rig….new schoolers call them ‘Top Shots’. Either way, this is the only way to go for attaching two lines together of a similar diameter. This knot works on all types of fishing lines so long as they are similar diameters.

Many of us river fishermen here in the PacNW attach a bumper of mono or flouro, approx 6-10 feet in length, to our braided main line when drift-fishing or bottom bouncing as many of you call it. The purpose of this is to add a minimal amount of stretch while decreasing the potential visibility of the main line…in this case a white braid.

You fly guys out there? Wanna tie your own tapered leaders? Use this knot and just decend the #test lines you use in sections to accomplish one knotted tapered leader. Cost? 10 cents versus several dollars in a store.

Double Uni Knot


Egg Loop

To many of you out there this post may be completely rudimentary.

For others who may be new to the sport of river angling or just new to the gear side of the methodology….

I’m here to share a quick 5 minute ‘how to cure roe’ demonstration.

I decided to not go with any music as this is school time more than party time.


How To rig herring whole & cut plug with Josh Leach

How to tie your own custom sturgeon bank leader

Tying your own float-stop knot

Making your own multi-colored yarn ball….



By Chris Heller aka H3llcat

I thought I would start out with the VERY BEST knot in the world: The Quick Knot. For the record, I believe this is a Berkley(TM) knot. If it is another who’s claim rests with it, then credit goes to you then, doesn’t it.

I have strength tested this knot on a Berkley Silver Thread commercial machine with most of the well known brands, both monofiliament, dacron and spectra (Tuff Line, Spiderwire, etc.) and with each kind of line we tested, we always exceeded break-strength with the Quick Knot.

There are a few rules to remember when using the quick knot; 1) If you are using a braided line such as a spectra material…you must ‘double up’ your tag end and tie the knot shown below with both strands. 2) The number of times you twist the tag end downward towards your swivel/lure depends on the thickness of the line you are tying. For example, for a knot to a barrel swivel using 30lb. monofilament; you would want to limit your twists to 3 or 4. Yes. 3 or 4.

This is one of the great things about the Quick Knot. I say that because with monofilliament…the line will tend to ever-so-slightly ‘burn’ itself most of the time…..EVEN if you wet the line with your mouth, yes. The other beautiful thing about this knot is the MAIN reason most other knots, more common knots, break AT the knot. If you have reeled in a pig-tailed piece of line after you’ve popped off….then you should definitely continue to read on.

As I was saying, what is great about this knot is that the tag end (which usually causes the aforementioned pig-tailing ) will end up on TOP of the knot, instead of between the knot and the terminal gear. This avoids the tag end from cutting itself under strain.

Finally, with this knot you can tie your knot ‘high’ on the leader or line, and slide it down to the terminal gear quite easily. It tightens smoothly without curling on almost any kind of mono. I even use this knot for my driftboat toss anchor. It’s great with one or two wraps and rope. Easy to untie.

Step 1: Insert leader or main line to terminal gear or lure

Step 2: Allow yourself a generous amount of line to work with, while letting your swivel/lure ‘hang’ in the middle

Step 3: While still allowing your swivel/lure to hang, bring the lines together and pinch it held, just like above

Step 4: Begin your wraps downward toward your swivel/lure…remember to increase # of wraps w/ sm. diameter lines

Step 5: Once you have completed your downward wraps, simply point the tag end back UP through the top loop….this loop was created after you pinched the lines together and begin to wrap down. DO NOT PULL DOWN on the tag end once you have gone back up through the loop.

Step 6: While holding the tag end with the main line…pull the swivel/lure the other direction…while slowly allowing the tag end to tighten and slide out of your grip of the main line. This tightens up quickly and is a cinch.

Final Step: As mentioned above, this knot is finished with the tag end on top, as you can see here. This knot is proven and if you are like Sal and still using Clinch knots…more power to ya.

Tight lines and secure knots to all of you!

  1. Jim Brown(Old Dog) says:

    Just been checkin’ out the how to section and it has been a part of the site. Very helpful, Thanks guys for all your hard work and dedication to our sport. You guys are becoming…wait for it… wait…..LEGENDARY!!!

    Old Dog

  2. Hellcat says:

    Old Dog your praise is going to go to our heads. Cheers and thanks brother.


  3. Steve says:

    Hey H3llcat,

    Can you post a how-to tie your own mooching rig? Double hook rig used for cut lug? sliding and fixed? I usually buy them pre-done but would love to tie a bunch of my own up.


    Steve G.

  4. daheller says:

    These are all good stuff. Maybe a piece on options for attaching pencil lead weights when using a drift rig. Another might be set ups for chinook plunking. Sal

  5. Don says:

    I came into your fishing store this evening asking you for info on how to tie
    your quick knot. Not only did you personally and graciously show me, you gave me your card with this website blog to show me all the good stuff.
    I can’t thank you enough. Love the site too. Great job!
    One more thing: Would you be willing to go fishing with me (in my boat) to help me get going on the springers? Well???? 😉
    Thanks again,

  6. Chris Reed says:

    Never seen the “Quick Knot” before, but it’s very similar to the one we tie down south called the “San Diego Jam Knot,” or usually referred to as just “the San Diego.” This knot typically wins the knot contest at our industry trade show [Fred Hall] every spring. It’s exactly like what you have for the Quick Knot, except at the end of your downward wraps in step 4, you want to wrap the tag end once through the loop created by your last wrap and the eye of the hook. THEN complete the knot as you do in step 5. The real key is making sure all the wraps cinch up smoothly. I also use a few more wraps than you, but with the same higher pound test = less wraps idea. I use 7 wraps on anything under 20 lb, 6 wraps for up to 30 lb, 5 wraps for 40 to 60 and 4 wraps for 80. Another trick with the heavier line is to make your wraps tight next to each other (like laying wraps on the shank for an egg loop), so that when you pull tight that stiff heavy line remembers where to go. Field & Stream has a pretty good tutorial at

    The San Diego also can be doubled up and tied with 4 or 5 twists of doubled line that creates the ultimate shock absorber knot. We use this double version for anticipated vicious impacts like throwing surface iron to 30-40 lb yellowtail (got pics!) or offshore trolling. I figure this might be a great knot for fall Chinook terminal connections or for the sturgeon guys. I’d be happy to post up a pic or two of both the regular San Diego and the double San Diego, but not sure I can do that in the comments section. Chris sorry about the F&S link, not sure what your policy is on that….

  7. bar says:

    These are all good stuff

  8. ROD CRAGG says:

    Great Great material here. Thanks HELLCAT >>

  9. Hellcat says:

    You’re very welcome, Rod! Thanks for coming by!!

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