How to Use a Rubber Band on Your Fishing LIne

How to use a rubber band to attach a fishing line to a rigger
Will James
A rubber band is a great way to hold a fishing line in an outrigger clip or on an outrigger tag line. A rubber band prevents a clip from damaging the line and is guaranteed to break on strike. Placing a rubber band onto your fishing line is easiest when the line is under tension in both directions. While running a lure or bait in the water to keep tension on one end of the line, hold the line in your hand and pull it down with a few fingers as shown- this keeps tension on the line in the opposite direction.
Place one end of your rubber band around your pointer finger as shown so that the end is easily held in place.
The trick to putting a rubber band correctly on the line is to twist it onto your line as tightly as possible. If a rubber band isn't wound tightly on your line it will slide and won't provide a solid attachment point. A rubber band that isn't tightly wound will also have a harder time passing through the rod guides.
Tightly wrap the rubber band 8-10 times towards the rod tip.
Once you wrap the band 8-10 times towards the rod tip, begin to wrap the line 4-5 times back in the opposite direction as shown.
Take the end of the rubber band you wrapped with and place it through the opposite end of the rubber band that you're holding with your pointer finger.
Pull one end of the rubber band through the other end and you're ready to fish..

Using a rubber band to put your line up in an outrigger equipped with tag lines is easiest with a slip knot. Using a slip knot on your rubber band will allow you to quickly undo the rubber band from the rigger when clearing lines and will hold the line in the rigger until the rubber band breaks when a fish strikes.

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