The Ronnie or Spinner Rig as it's referred to has become a popular specimen rig to use due to hook being free to spin 360 offering a neat low-lying presentation, especially favoured for use with popups / baits with cork inserts. If you search online there are an abundance of different ways to tie this rig with a plethora of different terminal. We're going to try to breakdown some of these setups and discuss why you might use them.
Arguably the most important component, the preferred hook for a Ronnie rig is a curved shank hook ideally with an in-turned eye. Popular options include:
Microbarb or barbless will depend on your preference / the rules of the water you're fishing.
Changing the hooklink to suit the situation makes the Ronnie Rig versatile. To generalise if you're fishing on a hard flat bottom then you can use stiff hooklink such as a mono or a stiff coated braid. If however you are fishing over a silty or weedy bottom then a more supple / flexible hooklink is in order.
Length of the hooklink similarly can be changed depending on the situation, on hard surfaces a 8 inch hook length is fine if you're fishing over weed or silt gauge the depth of the weed / silt and make your rig 4-6 inches longer than what you discover.
Some example stiff links for hard surfaces :
Some example materials for soft surfaces:
There's a few different ways to present the bait depending on your preference. In the main you either have a:
Either of these options allows you to attach your hookbait with bait floss. One other variation is to use a bait screw which can be added to either of the options above.
We've covered the most essential components but how is it actually tied! We're going to cover the direct option below, if you're interested in the D-slip option we'll cover this in another article. Firstly we've missed a couple of components which although important are a bit more standard. These are: