Catching speckled trout two at a time is a hallmark of an excellent fishing trip — and few rigs are better for the job than the double rig. The best way to quickly fill limits means two hooks are absolutely better than one — but how do you go about tying a double rig? 

It’s easy. It’s just a length of leader line, usually 20-pound test monofilament, with a Figure 8 loop knot tied into it with uneven pigtails.

Jigheads, normally a ¼-ounce each, are tied to the two pigtails with a palomar or improved clinch knot. After that, use whichever soft-plastic lure your heart desires. (I like Matrix Shad.)

How do you secure a double rig for travel? 

The double rig is an awesome way to load up on trout, but it can be a pain to secure when not in use. Normal rigs utilizing one hook are simply affixed to the hook keeper on your rod, but the double rig has two. So what do you do with that second hook?

Perhaps you’ve already had that experience: one jighead secured, while the other is flailing about wildly, becoming tangled on everything around it. Not only can this damage your equipment, but it’s also dangerous. Hooks need to be secured, not loose.

An easy fix

The best way to secure a double rig is to run one jighead through a rod guide, back up towards the other jighead and then just hook the two together. If the guides are too small, just wrap one pigtail around the reel stem and then secure the hooks together.