How to Tie Perch Rigs

How to Tie Perch Rigs

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While anglers catch perch while using number of different lures and rigs, multi-lure rigs -- often called perch rigs – are among the most effective for catching these minnow-munching game fish. Perch rigs usually feature two or three hooks that each bear a hooked baitfish. Some jurisdictions place limits on the number of hooks that can be attached to a single line, so check your local laws and regulations before using a perch rig in your local pond or river.

Items you will need

  • 4- to 6-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon leader

  • Tape measure

  • Scissors or cutters

  • Barrel swivel

  • 2 three-way swivels

  • No. 6 or No. 8 hooks

  • 1-ounce bell sinker

  • Live shiners

  • Beads (optional)

Step 1

Measure and cut a 12-inch length of leader using the tape measure and scissors. Tie one end of the leader to the barrel swivel and the other end to one of the three-way swivels. Use an improved clinch knot in both cases.

Step 2

Measure and cut a second length of leader, about 12 inches long. Tie one end of the leader to the connected three-way swivel using an improved clinch knot. Tie the free end of the leader to the second three-way swivel with the same type of knot.

Step 3

Measure and cut a third length of leader, identical to the first two. Tie one end of this leader to the free end of the second three-way swivel, and tie the other end of the leader to the bell sinker. If the bell sinker features a clasp, tie the leader to a barrel swivel and connect the barrel swivel to the clasp.

Step 4

Measure and cut two more 12-inch long leaders. Tie one leader to the upper three-way swivel and tie the other leader to the lower three-way swivel.

Step 5

Tie a bait hook to the end of each free leader with an improved clinch knot or a Palomar knot. If you like, you can place a few colorful beads on the leaders before tying on the hooks, which may attract more perch, but it is not necessary.

Step 6

Add a live shiner to each hook. Hook them through the back so that they can swim normally.


  • If your local regulations permit, consider adding a third three-way swivel, leader and hook to present an additional bait.
  • If your rig is not tempting perch into biting, experiment with other baits. In addition to minnows, you can bait your hooks with worms, crayfish or shrimp.
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