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17 Jul 2017
by CARPology
How to stop putty coming off
Follow our simple steps and you will never have trouble with the sticky stuff again

One item that is very high up everyone’s list of importance is rig concealment and making sure everything is pinned down to the lakebed. There are many ways of pinning your terminal tackle to the lakebed, many different types of sinking leaders are used but when it comes to hooklinks there is a pretty standard way to sink them: putty.

Rig putty is a very popular item and is moulded in several different places along the hooklink in small blobs which both sinks and holds the rig tight to the lakebed. However, there is one problem with putty that we are sure many anglers have experienced and this is when you reel in, it has either fallen off or isn’t sticky enough and has slid down the link.

So how can you get around this issue? Well, there are several different answers to solve this and the following shows you how…

Top to bottom: ruffled coating, lead wire coils and sinkers

Ruffled coating

Where you have your hinge on a plastic coated material hooklink, slide the coating back but do not pull it off as you normally would. Where it ruffles up, you can then mould your putty around it as it offers a better surface area to grip to.

Lead wire coils

The more old school way of preventing putty from falling off. Purchase some lead wire or take some out of your leadcore and then wrap it in tight little coils neatly around your hooklink. You can then mould your putty around said coil and this will not only stop it sliding and falling off, but it’ll also add even more weight to the hooklink to help pin it down.

Sinkers

Simply slide up your hooklink a small sized Korda Sinker, position it where you want your putty to sit and then mould your putty around it. The rig putty grips the Sinker and prevents it from falling off.

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