Using rubber bands for rigging comes in handy on our charters. More specifically, we use them for lite line spooning as well as some of our copper set-ups. In this post, we will discuss how we effectively use them!

How to Use Rubber Bands on Lite Line

We are advocates of using lite lines for our rigger rods when running spoons for both brown trout, steelhead, and kings. Using rubber bands for rigging this way allow us to get a good hook set off of the release without breaking the line. Here’s how we do it!

We first let out the amount of stretch desired. Next, we take a number 19 rubber band and wrap it around the main line seven times. Done correctly, you will end up with two loop ends. Using black releases, put the two loop ends into the blacks. What’s nice about this set up is that we never change the blacks release tension. It remains the same for attractors (no rubber bands) or lite lines with bands.

We prefer Staples #19 rubber bands when using rubber bands for rigging on our charters

Rubber Banding Coppers

For copper lines, we use the same wrapping technique, but with a little twist. We use Fins for backing. When using the rubber bands for rigging the coppers, we match the number of wraps to the length of copper. A 200 ft copper would get two wraps. A 400 copper would get four wraps, a 500 five wraps,etc. Put the loop into the jaws of a Laurvick release and then loop it around the back of the open end of the clip. This helps to cut the rubber band upon strike.

Picture of Lauvrick Release

Banding Benefits

Using rubber bands for rigging this way creates good hook sets both on the lite line rigger rods and the coppers. By wrapping the rubber bands around the line, the integrity of the line is not compromised. Rigger rods can be loaded tip to the water and they will not slip. Upon strike, the rubber band unwraps itself and falls off the line. Same with the coppers.

The Bands We Use

We have been using number 19 rubber bands from Staples for many years and will continue to do so. A couple of tips. UV light from the sun will eat rubber bands alive. Also, be careful to pick up any dropped rubber bands off of the deck should they drop. They have a way of working themselves down into the bilge and gumming up the bilge pumps.

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