CARPology 3 Issue Subscription (Worldwide) From £14.25
Subscribe
Share
Share
Pin
Rigs
04 Jul 2017
by CARPology
How to make the last 12-inches even better
Who would've thought the last 12-inches would be such a shite? So here's seven bite-sized bits of advice

01 Lewis Porter

“I always have two blobs of putty on my rigs and make sure that the one nearest the hook is lighter than the other one. I also always use a High Riser PVA nugget or two pop-ups in some PVA mesh on the hook. This means once the PVA has melted, the rig will lie down nicely with the half nearest the lead sinking first, followed by the hook end, thus helping to prevent my rig sitting all kicked up on the lakebed.”

02 Joe Morgan

“Always test your knots and rigs with a good amount of tension in your hands. If it doesn’t break then, it SHOULDN’T ever break in a fishing situation. Not doing this earlier this year cost me an upper-forty UK common… Ouch!”

03 Neil Spooner

“Whatever knot I tie, I will ALWAYS use two Pulla Tools. They allow me to pull the knots down consistently every time and to help make sure that I don’t pull a hook into my finger!”

04 Mat Woods

“When using long shank hooks, to prevent the Hair twisting down the side of the shank, run the last whip of your Knotless Knot under the Hair (KD type of thing). This kicks the Hair out and back along for your blowback tubing or ring in perfect symmetry with the back of the shank. Pukka!”

05 Keith Sykes

“To get a perfect loop on an Amnesia boom section, use the little Tommy bar that comes with Fox banksticks and storm poles. They are the perfect diameter to form the loop and have a nice moulded grip. Using two, one in either loop, also allows for easy straightening of the boom section.

“If you have problems straightening out fluorocarbon or thick mono leaders, then look no further than a fly fisher’s Tippet Straightner or a similar product from Gardner Tackle. Simply run the line through the straightner with slight pressure and your leader will be straight! It can also be used for stiff filaments.

06 Leon Bartropp

“Something I always do is to make sure the knot, hooklink material or pieces of line I’m joining are moist, either with saliva or water. Not only this, but I will tease down the knot instead of pulling the knot tight. This helps avoid any unwanted kinks in the material and makes the knot a lot stronger.”

07 Elliott Gray

“For sometime now, I have used a Three-Turn Grinner Knot when using a coated braid to form a rig. There is a small difference though, I use the Grinner to form a loop rather than bed it down tightly against the swivel. This loop offers increased movement at the swivel end to prevent the braid kicking up and can also be used for ‘quick-change’ purposes too.

“The Figure-Of-Eight and standard Loop Knot are very weak in strength compared to the use of a Grinner so I am getting the loop still but with the strength of a Grinner. On contact, the knot simply tightens and slides up to the swivel, depending on how tightly you bed it down."

Also Recommended
Shotting out your hooklink
15/11/2016
Rigs
Shotting out your hooklink
How to get your hooklink to fall perfectly every time
15/11/2016
Rigs
9 forgotten methods of carp fishing
05/03/2017
Features
9 forgotten methods of carp fishing
We reveals all those old methods that worked in the past but have now been forgotten because something more “fashionable” has come along
05/03/2017
Features
How to decide what lead set-up to use...
21/09/2017
Rigs
How to decide what lead set-up to use...
We ask Elliott Gray...
21/09/2017
Rigs
How to stop your hooklinks twisting
03/07/2017
Rigs
How to stop your hooklinks twisting
Big fish angler Mark Bryant answers your top rig-related questions and this time focuses on twisting hooklinks
03/07/2017
Rigs
Is a supple hooklink better?
25/10/2017
Rigs
Is a supple hooklink better?
When every man and his dog is using a stiff or semi-stiff hooklink, isn’t it time to reconsider supple materials? Avid Carper Mat Woods begs a worthwhile question…
25/10/2017
Rigs
Do certain rig elements really make much of a difference?
20/10/2017
Rigs
Do certain rig elements really make much of a difference?
Big opinions by key anglers on major events happening within carp fishing right now
20/10/2017
Rigs
How to refine your rigs
30/03/2017
Rigs
How to refine your rigs
Bin those ‘I could have caught more’ thoughts thanks to Steve Hall’s advice
30/03/2017
Rigs
Is it time we used an alternative to lead?
25/09/2017
Features
Is it time we used an alternative to lead?
Big opinions by key anglers on major events happening within carp fishing right now
25/09/2017
Features
Why the Horton Rig is so good
15/03/2017
Rigs
Why the Horton Rig is so good
Lee Wagner explains...
15/03/2017
Rigs
The Reverse Combi Rig under the microscope
15/03/2017
Rigs
The Reverse Combi Rig under the microscope
Sometimes the best way to move forwards is to head in reverse...
15/03/2017
Rigs
How to make your Snowman Rig even better
07/09/2017
Rigs
How to make your Snowman Rig even better
Pimp your Snowman! Now is the time to try the Jack In The Box presentation with your Snowman rigs. It guarantees added movement, extra buoyant and oodles of attraction. Mat Woods reveals all…
07/09/2017
Rigs
Should you use Chod Rigs semi-fixed or running?
18/10/2017
Rigs
Should you use Chod Rigs semi-fixed or running?
Rob Hughes helps you improve your carping tactics by utilising his access to the underwater world!
18/10/2017
Rigs