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How to Set Up a Simple Carp Rig



One of the most important aids to effectively targeting carp is the use of a safe rig. This type of rig features a safety clip which ejects the lead easily in the event that the main line breaks or becomes snagged. The rig also enables you to change the lead quickly if you need to. The rig is easy to set up and here’s how you do it.

Getting Started


Firstly, take a length of sinking rig tube and cut it to a length which is roughly 2 inches longer than your hook length. Then, cut one end off at an angle in order to form a point and pass the main line through the rig tube with the pointed end last. Lick the end of the rig tube and push the pointed end into the pointed end of a tail rubber. Pass the main line through the lead clip and tie a number 8 swivel onto the main line. You can use a ready-made rig as long as it has a number 8 swivel.

Ensuring that lead is Released


Most clips benefit from a retaining ridge that the swivel must click past. This ensures that the lead is released rather than the swivel just being pulled out of the body of the clip. You should pull the tail rubber off the serrations of the lead clip to reveal the tag of the clip. Attach your hook length to the other end of the swivel and moisten the swivel using your saliva. Push the barrel firmly into the bottom of the clip.

Adding the Lead


Now, slip your chosen lead over the tag of the clip so that it is sitting nicely in the ‘u’ bend. You are able to adjust the sensitivity of the clip. Do this by wetting the serrations and slipping the tail rubber over the minimum amount to do the job. This will prove useful when you are fishing very weedy waters and you want to dump the lead. Dumping will make a fish rise to the surface so you can land it safely.

Your Components


The rig components of each manufacturer are compatible with each other so sticking with elements from the same manufacturer can make life easier. There will be assembly instructions included if you are in any doubt as to what to do. If you are concerned that your rig will eject lead prematurely, tie PVA string around the lead clip. There should be nothing fixed above the tubing otherwise the rig will not come apart when a fish is snagged and this will result in there being only a hook in its mouth and not the lead and tubing.

About Tubing


The tubing helps to keep the main line pinned to the bottom and out of the way of wary fish. If the main line should rub against a fish during the fight, tubing is unlikely to lift any large scales. Tubing also stiffens up the end of the main line, allowing everything to be streamlined and offering nothing for the hook length to get tangled in.

A short length of shrink tube added to the eye of the hook will extend the shank of the hook a little. This enables the hook to turn over faster into the fish's mouth. The end of the shrink tube should be roughly in line with the point of the hook.

You will have created a universal rig and can mix and match the colours of the components to create camouflage which suits the area you are fishing in.

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