We also need to insert what we call a shank between the main wire and the weight. The shank is another section of wire with clevises installed at fixed intervals along its length. We are then able to attach our chosen baits to the shank using varying length leads - usually made from 20# test or heavier monofilament line. Our custom clevises are positioned 8, 24 and 36 inches above the weight to be effectively used with 8, 24 and 36 foot long leads respectively.
This presentation is usually deployed from the back of the boat, one rig on each side. It is extremely effective at presenting a variety of baits to bottom hugging walleyes in strong currents such as we have on the Detroit and Saint Clair Rivers. For a much more detailed description, check our our article on "Fishing The Detroit River" on our Angler's Digest page.
To really get started on the right foot, or to refine your technique, contact Captain Dan about a guided hand-lining trip with Tight Line Charters and skip the pain and frustration of figuring it all out on your own!
Hand Lining Reels & Equipment
Hand Lining is a unique and extremely effective method of presenting lures to bottom hugging walleyes in strong currents like we have here on the Detroit River. In fact, hand lining was invented right here on the Detroit River.
If you are considering adding this presentation to your repertoire, Tight Line Tackle offers one stop shopping for all the unique gear you'll need to get started. You may also want to consider contacting Captain Dan at (Tight Line Charters) to discuss a guided trip to get you started on the right foot!
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Complete Hand-Lining Kit
A&S Hand-Lining Reels