Why use a running lead arrangement?
There are a few benefits to using a running lead arrangement, one of which being that line and bite indication is improved considerably. This is because the lead does not have to be moved to create a signal of activity back at the bank. In fact the lead is completely bypassed all together.
With a direct connection between the main line, rig and hook, any movement of the rig and hookbait results in indication back at the buzzer and bobbin. Because the bulk of the lead resistance is removed by the line being free-running through a ring attached to the lead, another plus point is achieved - the carp can’t use the lead’s resistance to throw the hook.
On many pressured waters, the carp will shake their heads violently once hooked, which often sees the hook thrown from the fish’s mouth. Where carp associate this head shaking with getting away with it, a running rig is a great option, as it completely confuses the hooked fish. So if you’re getting lots of single bleeps, false bites or think you’re getting done, give the running rig a go.
When to use a running lead set-up?
Winter is a great time of year for using a running rig, as a lot of the time the fish are going to be lethargic, meaning bite indication and sensitivity is of paramount importance.
What’s more, there’s less chance of weed being present in the colder months, which along with snag fishing, is not the right situation for using a running set-up. This is because once a fish becomes hooked, bolts and runs, it will not be towing the lead. Meaning should the fish pass through weed or snags, the result will be a lead one side, the fish on the other and a tug-of-war situation that could easily result in a lost fish.
Although a running lead set-up is extremely safe as the lead will simply slide from a parted line, open water situations with little to no weed and no imminent snag hazards are best suited to this lead arrangement.
How to tie a running rig
1 Here are the components you need to set-up a ‘Running Rig’.
2 Begin by attaching a large plastic running ring to a split clip.
3 Now attach a lead plus an anti-tangle sleeve to the split clip.
4 Tie the leader to the swivel and slide on a buffer bead like so.
5 Now thread the large running ring onto the leader like this.
6 As you can see you now have a completely free running line.
7 Using one of these Tadpole beads provides a semi-fixed lead.
8 Meaning the lead becomes free running after the bolt effect.