I didn’t believe it the first time I heard about catching fish on bare hooks, but it works. This first become popular in Lake Washington fishing for sockeye, and has sense been used successfully in other locations and other other species. I’ve caught sockeye on bare hooks at Baker Lake, Lake Wenatchee and Brewster Pool.
For more information about sockeye fishing and rigs, please checkout the sockeye page.
What you need is:
- 2 red Gamakatsu Octopus hooks. I use 2/0 usually
- Leader material – ideally about 3 or 4 inches longer than you want to end up with. For sockeye I prefer 20# Seagar Fluorocarbon.
To tie it:
- Tie the first hook on with an egg loop knot
- Slide the second hook into position – usually almost touching
- Tie the second hook with an egg loop knot
- Measure your leader to the desired length and tie a surgeon’s loop
- Trim the tag ends
That is all there is too it.
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2 thoughts on “Bare Hook Sockeye Rig”
Nothing but bare black two hooks in tandem 24″ behind a flasher, I use a green flasher, troll slow 1.5-2.0 mph, I have nailed many a fish on a “turn” outside speeds up inside flasher slows, depth set to 40’ft and 12 ft apart on the down riggers.
Pssssssssssst. tiny pink hoochi as well above the “black” hooks, shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. ;)