When bank or pyramid sinkers just won't hold, I use a homemade spider weight that anchors my bait in almost any current. To make your own, trim a piece of 3¿¿8-inch-diameter rebar to the desired weight. Next, cut two pieces of 12-gauge wire to three times the length of the rebar. Fold the wire in half and place the rebar between the two legs. Bind the rebar and wire together with electrical tape, and spread each end of the wire outward. With a three-way swivel, attach the weight to the lower eye with 18 inches of mono, and then tie the main line to the second eye and the leader to the third.
— Brian Barnes,