The Pulley Rig
To tie the pulley rig, you start by tying a swivel and a 'proper pulley'on the end of your leader. Slide a piece of shock leader through the proper pulley and tie a link to one end, placing a bead above it to protect your knot. If you have them add a bead, piece of stiff rig tubing and another bead to the other side of this length of leader before tying on a second swivel. Attach a weight to the link and you should now find that you can raise this by pulling on the second swivel.
Tie on a length of trace and hook to the other eye of the second swivel, matching the length of trace to the rig body. If you are using an impact lead, then the hook should fit nicely over this so that the rig casts in a nice streamlined package.
If you want to add variety to the rig, either use it with a wishbone and two small hooks for flatfish or a pennel rig for larger baits.
Just as in the up and over leger, a bit of tubing helps to keep the tackle nice and tidy when you are reeling in.
Wishbone rigs can work well with worm or crab baits for flatfish and species like whiting. I make the stops for mine by wrapping telephone wire around a cake tester. Then, when I put the tackle together, I use them to make sure that the hooks hang perfectly side by side.
The pulley rig is another great rig for distance casting. It can be used with or without a pennel rig (two hooks) and catches a huge number of fish every year.
The tackle is streamlined for casting but releases the hook when it hits the water. Then, when you reel in a fish, the weight is hauled up out of the way of possible obstructions, leaving you in direct contact with the fish.