How To Tie A Donkey Rig (Double Fluke Rig)


Summer is drawing near, the weather is getting better and better, which means you’ll have more and more time to spend near the water. This also means the perfect opportunity to learn and practice some new tricks and rigs, so when the best time to use them comes you’ll be more than ready to take on the task. One of those rigs has a really interesting and silly name – donkey rig, also known as double fluke rig, one of the most popular fishing rigs around the world.

It may sound funny but it provides a ton of fun and it may help you catch some really big bass, so learning how to tie a donkey rig is not just important and useful, but it is also quite entertaining and it will give you many interesting and fun hours near the water. In this guide, you’ll learn how to properly do it.

When To Use Donkey Rig

It may not be the best option for deep water, but if you’ll be fishing somewhere near the shoreline and between mid-water and surface, it may be your “go-to” choice.

And if you wonder about the time of the year the donkey rig gives the best results, you can basically try it out anywhere and anytime you want it, but the most efficient time of the year for the Donkey rig is early fall. It is most often used to catch bass. Although, you may need some rain gear along with it.

What Do You Need For A Donkey Rig?

Donkey rig uses two soft, alive-looking soft plastic lures, and beside them, you’ll need:

  • Two wide gapes offset hooks – When buying a fishing hook, find two 5.0 hooks that will add additional weight and sink your baits a bit more
  • Two swivels
  • Fluorocarbon traces line – the thicker the better. If you go with the lightweight and thin line, the swivel rubbing may cause it to eventually break after some time.

How Does It Work

As we’ve already mentioned, it has two soft lures that should look very much alive when placed in the water. By imitating multiple shad it should attract many different fish species looking for a free meal. And where’s fish, there will be bass, sooner or later, so you may have to be a bit patient, but it will be worth the effort and time.

Single Donkey Rig

You could also try out single jerkbait combined with any of the best jerk bait rods, especially if, for some reason, faster and more wiggly lures don’t work. It is not hard to attach it – just move the hook point through the lure’s top, pull it down, turn it around and guide it through the lure’s body until the hook point reaches the point just above the top of the lure. To finish up, tie the line directly to the hook eye.

Double Rig

Two rigs will most often work better than the single one. The reason is the fact that, during the line retrieval, both baits will move around and act like live fish – they will go different directions, then they’ll follow each other, so it may look like they are swimming together or chasing each other, which is most often more than enough to catch the eye of your wanted fish.

Tying A Donkey Rig – Step By Step Guide


Now it is time to go through the guide on how to properly tie a donkey rig. It is recommended to go with a stronger and thicker line for a donkey rig.

Take the end of the fishing reel line and guide it through the eyelet of the barrel swivel. Do not connect it to the swivel for now; just slip it through the hole. The swivel will move along the line and it will cause some level of scratch, but if your leader line is thick enough, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Take the end of the fishing line you’ve slipped through the fishing line and tie it to the fishing hook. Go with a heavy hook with a wide gap. You’d want your bait to sink a bit, and by using a big and heavy offset hook you’ll achieve just that. The result should be more fish on your rod.

Now it is time to attach the dropper line. Use the end of the 18-inch dropper line to tie it to the remaining eye of the barrel swivel. Then, take the second hook and tie it to the second end of the dropper line. Don’t mix the hooks and the lines, use the same size hook on both lines and use the same line on the dropper and the mainline.

It is time for finishing touches – putting soft jerk baits on. Take the baits and put them (one by one, of course) on both hooks. As you do that, pay attention to the body and the hook alignment as they should be straight. Also, make sure the lure bodies are not curved or bent unnaturally.

Jerkbait Ideas

Don’t shy away from being creative. Many fishermen decide to use the complete whitebait, but you don’t have to stick to it. For instance, ask around about the smaller fish types that live in the body of water you’ll be fishing at, and look for jerkbaits that have a similar appearance to some domestic fish species.

If you don’t want to buy new ones because you already have jerkbaits, another option is to dye them by yourself. You could dye them any way you want it, whether just the tail or the whole surface.

When the time comes to put them on, you don’t have to worry if you’ve placed two different colored ones. If they are different, it may look like one fish is chasing another, which may eventually get the attention of some bigger fish.

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Learning how to tie and use a donkey rig is one of the main lessons any angler should learn as a beginner. This guide is more than enough to start, so get your fishing rod and go!

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