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Old 06-01-2015, 07:14 AM
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Default The simplest and cleanest way to rig outrigger halyards & clips

Thought I would start a thread with some pictures for everyone since I get asked this four of five times a day it seems. I know there are 1000 different ways to rig outriggers, but I prefer this way. With my internal rigged poles, this system is basically fool proof. Doesn't take long to do either!

Three things: 400lb mono and crimps from one of our THT vendors here, and Black's clips. Gaffer products here on the forum also sells a very nice clip that's like the blacks but about half the cost.


I use a particular crimp made by AFW that is short enough to allow the clips to spin on the halyard. This keeps things really neat and less prone to tangling if you have them slack and are adjusting your poles up and down, etc. The clips seem to not get caught on the other halyards and all as badly when they're free to spin as needed. The longer crimps will sort of hang them up where they won't move.
Tackledirect sells these crimps for about 10 or 12 bucks for a 50 pack.
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Here's the clip and one of the RC-99 crimps.
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So, set your outriggers up at the angle and height you'll be fishing with. Pull the two ends of your halyard line together and mark where they cross with tape as you pull them fairly tight. This will tell you where to trim them.

Then, stick each end through the clip with the clip oriented properly (screw adjustment side should be up/outboard

Stick the crimp on...
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To give yourself enough room to get the crimp jaws around the crimp, doing it like this can help.
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After crimping and pulling the lines back tight, you end up with this.
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And another.
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Finished
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Nice and tight
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I have tripled rigged poles, so I added a teaser halyard (green) after the long and shorts.
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Fishing.
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Hope this helps!

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Old 06-01-2015, 07:33 AM
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Looks good only thing I don't like about the system is what to do when a clip breaks? I have snap swivels on either side of mine, when clip goes bad just replace. Your system looks cleaner until a clip breaks.
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Just cut the crimp off the halyard mono, and that only shortens length by 1 inch to crimp on a new clip. 1" in about 50ft doesn't have much affect. 3-4" does though.
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Originally Posted by MattH View Post
Looks good only thing I don't like about the system is what to do when a clip breaks? I have snap swivels on either side of mine, when clip goes bad just replace. Your system looks cleaner until a clip breaks.
Same here. I know it can be done both ways, I use snap swivels and they work well.
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For some reason the 400# mono in super hot heat stretches on us. In a week i have to re-cut and crimp all the lines
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Originally Posted by manethon View Post
For some reason the 400# mono in super hot heat stretches on us. In a week i have to re-cut and crimp all the lines

What brand mono are you using? Some of them do stretch while others are fairly hard.
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I dont remember which kind, ITs been a while since i purchased them. i think next ill try spider line or wire or what ever its called, that thin rope thats about the right size for the halocks
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sorry for the Hijack but i have noticed alot of boats in my area adding flat line clips under the main release clips what is this for?

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Old 06-01-2015, 01:37 PM
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I run something kinda similar, But i may be doing it for different reasons.....

Pulling big lures/ bars etc pulls quite a bit of drag on the release clip.
I find it rather irritating having to set the Release clip every time i swap out for Ballyhoo etc.
I like to use those clips, Aftco or blacks on live bait or dead bait as i can easily freespool without popping the clip as well.

another aspect is tag lines but anyways
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Originally Posted by bhales View Post
sorry for the Hijack but i have noticed alot of boats in my area adding flat line clips under the main release clips what is this for?

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They use the "roller trollers" which are same, but with different way to attach to halyard.

I've been there and done all that, but have since gone back to nothing but Black's on the halyard.
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The snap on flat line setup above allows you to clip it on the halyard above the black's clips and then remove it when not in use. Like mentioned above- for running heavier lures, especially on short riggers in rougher weather.
I have seen a guy so particular about their clips that he goes around the boat with a drag scale before every trip testing the knock out tension. Better not touch one of those adjustments during a trip or he will throw you overboard!
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Originally Posted by bhales View Post
sorry for the Hijack but i have noticed alot of boats in my area adding flat line clips under the main release clips what is this for?

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I have the same setup

Black Clips for bait
Aftco Roller Trollers for lures


another good use of the roller trollers is if I am using hookless lures as extra teasers running from the short rigger

P.S. - On Lure fishing I might use the black clips also when I am using Dacron loop attached to the main line to put into the outrigger clip in order to protect the line from chafing and have sharper line release from the clip.
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Nice ideas.

I have been using weed whacker refil nylon - cheap and comes in a lot of different colours - lasts a few seasons too.

Steve
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I've been using different colored para cord with Rupp Locking Halyard Pulleys. Stretches a little in the beginning but easy to tighten up & re-tie without the need for crimping. Haven't had any tangle issues either. Guess I'm just lazy, but has worked well........so far anyway.
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Just a suggestion, using 400 lb rigger lines will cause heavy bars or baits to pull the clips down. Move the line up to 600 lb and that pull down will stop. However 600 lb is hard to find. Commercial long line suppliers will have it. Heavier line also stretches out the life of the line. Maybe 2 years versus every year. Try that out. It makes a huge difference.
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Are your long and short riggers running under the teaser line?
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Originally Posted by T-bone123 View Post
Are your long and short riggers running under the teaser line?
over for us...only way to get baits out without having to pull in teaser
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Mine are set up the way they are so the long rigger rods can be in the T top and the short riggers are in the leaning post. The rails stay clear that way with fish coming in under the riggers, and the lines don't chafe on the teaser line when trolling them.

My teaser will typically stay out while I shoot the riggers down the middle and then run them out. Can turn to my planer side as well and shoot them back quickly then run them out once past the teaser

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Can anyone tell me why use mono in lieu of braided nylon? I have been using a smooth diamond braid nylon that works well with my locking halyards. The nylon is easy to wind up and tether when the outriggers are not extended, the main reason I use it.

Thanks - SH
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Originally Posted by MattH View Post
Looks good only thing I don't like about the system is what to do when a clip breaks? I have snap swivels on either side of mine, when clip goes bad just replace. Your system looks cleaner until a clip breaks.
Use rupp zip clips- similar design but last for years. the blacks always break in a season, right where the tension adjustment knob pushes on the arm. I don't think I have ever broke a rupps zip clip, much stronger design

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