How To Put On Fishing Weights?

Have you ever lost your fishing weights while casting or striking? If you have, you might know how annoying such an incident can be. But do you know the possible reason behind that event? Well, it can occur when you attach weights to the line incorrectly. 

So, let’s describe how to put on fishing weights like the veteran anglers. It’s pretty challenging as you need to follow distinct steps depending on the weight types to add sinkers to the fishing line. 

But to make things easier, we have briefly talked about how you can attach various weights to the line following different methods. Let’s get straight into it.

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How To Put Split Shot Weights On The Fishing Line

Split shots are appropriate for catching fish in rivers, lakes, and ponds. They are small, light, and usually don’t pull hooks and bait deep in the water like other sinkers. 

The specialty of the split shot weight is that it is effortless to put on and off. So, it comes in handy when you need to change the weight on your line quickly and when you want to fish for about six ft. deep. Now, let’s discuss how you can attach it to the line.

First, you should position one or two split shots 30 to 60 cm away from the hook. Why? Because you want your hook and bait to float above the split shots. Hence, you must keep a little space between them. 

you need to measure up from your hook’s top and set the line inside the weight’s large groove

Pro Tip: You should use a combined weight of 3.5 g while fishing in shallow water.

When you set the fishing line into the weight’s groove, you need to attach the weights to the line with needlenose pliers. You can also pinch the weights with your fingers if you don’t have fishing pliers.

Anyway, while pinching, ensure you don’t squeeze them so hard that those weights get entirely closed and damage the line. 

Now, hold the weights with one hand and the fishing line with the other. Then, pull the line and see whether the line slides through the weights. If it does, you need to pinch those split shots a little tight around the line. That’s it. 

How To Add Rubber Core Sinkers To Your Fishing Line

You can choose the rubber core sinkers if you want to add more weight than a split shot. They are metal cylinders with a slit and a rubber, and they are larger than split shots and can help you fish in deep water. Now, let’s read how you can attach them to the line.

Before delving into the procedure, you must remember to attach the rubber core sinker at least 0.6 m above the hook to help the bait float up and lure the fish. 

Therefore, push the line through the slot after positioning the weight, then twist the sinker onto the line. While feeding the line through the slot, make sure the slot wraps around the line

Afterward, you need to hold the sinker’s rubber ends and twist them in the opposite directions to tie the line. So, that’s how you should attach the rubber core sinkers to the line. 

Anyway, if you want to reposition the sinker, just untwist the rubber and pull out the line from the rubber

How To Attach Sliding Sinkers To The Fishing Line

Anglers utilize sliding sinkers when they need their hooks to reach the bottom of the water. Also, they use this fishing gear while casting against the wind. 

So, you can also follow those anglers while casting in such conditions. Let’s now talk about how to put a sliding sinker on your line like a pro. 

First, slide the sinker onto the main line and run it back to your reel. Before sliding the sinker, ensure the line is threaded correctly

Now, tie the main line to a swivel; you can utilize the uni knot to connect the line. However, if you don’t know how to tie a uni knot, you can read this article

Afterward, add a leader to the hook and bait to the swivel. Then, tie one leader’s end to the swivel’s eyelet with the help of the uni knot. Finally, attach the hook for your bait with a clinch knot

That’s all about how to attach sliding sinkers to your fishing line. Here’s an essential fact to pay attention to: your sinker should slide over and off the swivel. If it can, you need to attach a stop bead to the line before adding the swivel.

How To Add Ring Loop/ Tied Weights

Tied weights are one of the heaviest sinkers anglers use when fishing from shore or boat. These weights sink faster than others and work exceptionally well when you fish in strong currents.

That said, now let’s discuss how you can put these things on your fishing line. 

For attaching the ring loop, you need to form a 10 cm loop at the leader line’s end. You can create a loop by taking an 18 inches long line and folding one end over the other end

Afterward, you should hold the line’s end folded over and between your fingers. Then, take the line’s looped end and tie two overhand knots to tighten the loop. Finally, trim off the excess line with a pair of scissors.

At this time, you need to pinch the loop and pull it through the ring on the weight’s top. Then, take the loop around the weight’s bottom and pull it back to the ring on top. In this way, you can wrap the line tightly around the ring. 

Lastly, attach a three-way swivel to your main line and then add the weighted line to the swivel. To add the weighted line, connect its end to one of the swivel’s eyelets and tie a uni knot

That’s it; you are ready to cast and catch your favorite fish from the deep water. 

Frequently Asked Questions

01. How Far Should Weights Be From Hook?

According to the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, anglers should always position and attach weights 6 to 12 inches above the hook. It will help the hook and bait float underwater freely. 

02. Should You Use Weights With Lures?

In essence, it depends on your fishing needs. If you want to sink the lure deep into the water, you can add weights, but you need to remember that the weight should match your fishing style.


A Fishing weight can affect your casting distance and anchoring ability and help bait and hook reach the deepest water. So, undoubtedly, it’s an essential fishing item, and every angler must know how to correctly put it on the line and utilize it like a professional. 

Otherwise, anglers may face trouble while casting and probably lose their first catch. But anglers who follow the above guidelines won’t encounter any difficulty while fishing with weights. However, this is all for this content; stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for updates on amazing fishing content.