Our simple step by step guide to using a lead clip

Using a lead clip

Prior to the invention of the lead clip, leger fishing would often mean securing a lead to a mainline with a knot or device. This crude concept became known in fishing circles as the ‘Death rig’ for reasons explained below.

Simple step by step guide on how to use a lead clip
How not to attach a weight

Should the mainline snap during a fight, chances are you would be leaving a length of strong fishing line complete with a weight attached to a fish’s mouth. Invariably a fish would tether itself on weed or other snaggy features which would quite often lead to serious injury or even death. Not good.

luckily for us modern conscientious Anglers, there have been some major advances in fish care over the past 20 years. The invention of the lead clip is probably one of the biggest forward steps in our opinion.

This ingenious device allows the angler to attach a weight in a ‘semi-fixed’ way. This gives the benefits of the weight being in direct contact with the fish, but without the safety implications of the fixed weight. The lead is attached directly to the clip, which can easily eject should there be a sudden movement. Something you would expect from a fish shaking its head, or the initial volatility of the take. Some recent designs ensure a lead is ejected by default during a take, improving the safety even further.

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MCF Dumper lead clips almost guarantee a lead ejection during a take

Here’s our guide on how to use a lead clip safely and effectively.

Lead clip equipment list

  1. Lead clips
  2. Tail rubbers
  3. Swivels
  4. Rig tubing
  5. Lead Weights
  6. Sharp scissors
  7. Ready-made hook link (or make your own here)

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Knot list

  1. Grinner knot (or similar)


  1. Gather all of your component parts and cut a half meter (some venues prefer a full metre) of rig tubing, ensuring one end is cut at a slight angle. you’ll find out why later.
  2. Get comfortable.
  3. Thread the mainline through the rig tubing. The end of the line should be closest to the angled end of the tubing.
  4. Have a sip of tea and thank us for point 2.
  5. Thread the tail rubber onto the mainline, ensuring the angled end of the rig tubing is now sitting firmly in the rear of the rubber (thin end)
  6. Slide on your lead clip, with the open end facing the rod tip. You should be able to slide the end of the clip into the larger end of the tail rubber with ease. a little bit of moisture can help with the fit.
  7. Tie a size 8 swivel to the end of the line using your favourite fixing knot. we recommend a grinner, as the knot itself is thin and will sit nicely in the end of the clip.
  8. Slide the assembled rig tube, tail rubber and clip down towards the swivel, and press the swivel firm into the end of the clip. Listen out for a little ‘snap’ which indicates the clip is securely in place.
  9. Attach your lead to the clip and lightly re-insert the open end of the clip back into the tail rubber.
  10. Test the ejection of the lead by vigorously moving the clip up and down to mimic a take. If the lead remains attached, loosen the tail rubber and add more moisture.
  11. Attach your pre-tied hook link, and away you go.
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Lead clip assembly



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