Recoil Rigging Instructions

How to Rig a Recoil Rig
Rodney Long

Rodney Long explains how to assemble a Recoil Rig™ to give plastic lures lifelike action

The Secret Weapon Recoil Rig allows several ways to attach a hook and sinker to your fishing line. When you finish assembling the Rig, it should be at the end of your line with your hook(s) at some length above it.

Using a Drop Loop knot to attach a hook will give your bait more freedom of movement and, hence, more realistic action than one attached with a Palomar knot. If you prefer the Drop Loop knot, tie it first, and then attach the Recoil Rig. If you use a Palomar knot with your hook, you may tie it afterwards.


Droploop Knot Animation


Refer to the simple instructions that are included with each kit, and choose one that best fits your fishing style and situation. These instructions are printed on the back of Field Kit and Master Pack cards. You may also download them from this Website.

Even as tough as SpecTastic™ ballistic cords are, they will eventually wear out. Line-lock Swivels allow you to attach and replace them quickly.

Recoil Rig Instructions

Step 1. First, tie your fishing line to the round eye of the Line-lock Swivel.

Tip: Prepare several Recoil Rigs before you head for the lake. Tie a No-snag Snap to the line end, and clip the Line-lock Swivel of your pre-assembled Rig to that. That way, when fishing in the dark or in a tournament when seconds count, replacing a worn-out Rig is a snap.


Step 2. Pass one end of the SpecTastic™ ballistic cord through the other eye of the Line-lock Swivel — the one that has been crimped to form a line clamp.

Make sure the tag end (the part that has passed though the clamp) is at least a half inch long.


Step 3. Take both the standing and tag ends of the ballistic cord between your thumb and forefinger, as shown at left. Pull them all the way up into the wire clamp to cinch the cord securely.

The wire clamp will sever a SpecTastic™ ballistic cord with about 7 pounds of pull. Since this rig is below your hook and lure, even if the weight snags you will not lose a fish because the wire clamp will cut the ballistic cord.


There are several ways to attach a weight to the other end of the SpecTastic™ ballistic cord. At right, a teardrop-shaped sinker or drop-shot sinker with a line-lock eye is shown.

Step 4. Insert the free end of the ballistic cord through the sinker’s line-lock eye.

Tip: If the cotton and Spectra™ fibers at the tip of the SpecTastic™ ballistic cord have unraveled a little, moisten it with saliva before inserting the cord through the wire clamp eye.


Step 5. As before, be sure at least a half inch of ballistic cord passes through the wire clamp eye. Then holding both ends, pull the cord to the end of the wire clamp to cinch it firmly in place, as shown here



This completes the Recoil Rig. All that remains is to attach one, two, or more hooks some distance up the fishing line.

After you have practiced this a few times, you may find it easier to tie the hooks to your line before tying on a Line-lock Swivel or No-snag Snap.


Weight Release Wires

This method of rigging allows use of any slip sinker up to about 2-3/4 ounces.

The Weight Wire is designed to partially grab the bottom, allowing you to work your lures in one spot. Since you need at least 1/2-ounce of resistance at the end of the SpecTastic™ ballistic cord, this wire achieves that even with very light sinkers by snagging onto the bottom debris.


Step 1. Cinch on a Line-lock Swivel at the bottom of the SpecTastic™ ballistic cord. Insert one leg of the Weight Wire through a Line-lock Swivel.


Step 2. Slide the wire through a barrel or egg-shaped slip sinker.


Step 3. Bend the legs at 180 degrees from each other.

The wire is made of a light, stainless, spring steel that bends easily so it will not hang you up.

If the sinker becomes wedged tightly, the wire will straighten and pull out with only , saving your rig. To resume fishing, just slip another sinker on the wire.

The bullet weight shown in the first illustration of this section, above, shows the legs of the wire bent forward and up on one leg and bent down on the other.


When fishing clean or sandy bottoms, bend the ends so that at least one wire leg will dig unto the bottom

If you are fishing in buck brush or do not want the wires to grab the bottom, snip off the ends of the wires after bending them to each side.

IMPORTANT: For heavy sinkers, double the strength by using two weight wires at the same time. One wire straightens out at 2-1/2 pounds of pull, while two wires require 5 pounds of pull to release.


Four more ways to attach weights

1. Snap — Clip a No-snag Snap to the bottom Line-lock swivel, and then clip a bell sinker to the No-snag Snap.


2. Peg — Pass a SpecTastic cord through a slip sinker, and then peg it in place with a toothpick (or a peg whittled from a twig).

It's hard to push a cord through the tiny tunnel in most slip sinkers, so thread a length of monofilament line up through the sinker from the bottom, and then run it back down through in the opposite direction, creating a loop at the top of the sinker.

Pass the SpecTastic cord through the monofilament line loop, and then pull the two ends at the bottom of the sinker. The loop at the top will close and then pull the SpecTastic cord through with it. Secure it with your peg.


3. Crimp — Pass the SpecTastic™ ballistic cord through the slip sinker, and then crimp a split shot onto the ballistic cord below the heavier sinker.


4. Loop — Sometimes you need a heavy weight to punch though milfoil mats or hold your lure on the edge of an eddy in a swift-flowing river. This is when you use a 10-inch SpecTastic™ ballistic cord.

Pass the cord through the eye of the sinker, and then cinch both ends in the Line-lock Swivel. Be sure to leave plenty of tag end so the ballistic cord will not pull out too easily.

Tip: Heavy weights don’t cast very well. Just swing them out toward your target in a pendulum-like motion.


How to rig lures to the Secret Weapon Recoil Rig™:

The standard way is just like a drop shot rig. Tie on your hook (any hook, any knot), on leaving a long tag past the knot. Then attach the Secret Weapon Recoil Rig™ to the end of your line.

If you are using a lure that tends to twist your line, tie a swivel above the hook.

You can also keep a lure very close to the bottom by inserting your line through the Line-lock Swivel’s round eye and then tying your hook on the end of your line. This works well for walleye that might be hugging the bottom or for catfish that drop a bait if they feel the weight of a sinker.

Recoil Rig Diagram

Another method of attaching the hook is the Adjust-a-Hook, and it's something you can easily make for yourself using a bead and rubber band. Unlike most knots that crimp, stretch, or abraid monofilament or fluorocarbon lines, this method results in absolutely zero reduction in line strength.

When you're fishing under a floating grass mat and want your bait to swim just under the canopy, this allows for the hook to be adjusted up and down your line for the optimum distance from your Recoil Rig, but it stays where you put it even when fighting a fish.

If you don't have a needle threader as shown here, just take another length of monofilament fishing line, pass it through the bead and back down again forming a loop. Put a length of rubber band through the loop and pull it down through the bead. (Pegging a sinker with a rubber band is another useful addition to your bag of tricks.)

Good fishing!

Rodney Long
Recoil Rig™ Inventor