Don’t be with­out a Quick Change Bead

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

IT MAY seem a very small part of your rig, but a Quick Change Bead is one of the most im­por­tant com­po­nents. I USE one whenever I’m us­ing a free-run­ning feeder or bomb rig for carp and bream. This acts as a buf­fer bead to check the feeder, but at the same time it can be opened up into two halves in the style of a Stonfo con­nec­tor. In­sert your hook­length into the slot and push the bead to­gether again to se­cure it in place. This way you can re­place a hook­length within sec­onds.

You might want to change to a dif­fer­ent hair rig for ex­am­ple, to go from a bait-banded pel­let to a Quick Stop for some­thing softer such as bread or corn.

Quick Change Beads are very easy to at­tach to the line for a safe, free-run­ning set up. First thread on your bomb or feeder, or even a snaplink so you can try ei­ther. Then tie this sim­ple half-blood knot… 1 With a fin­ger­nail, sep­a­rate the bead into two com­po­nent parts. 2 Thread main­line through the back of the bead, then the con­nec­tor. 3 Bring line back on it­self. Wind the end around the main­line six times. 4 Put end of the line through the hole be­tween bead, and twist. 5 Wet knot and pull it steadily tight to form the half blood knot. 6 Trim tag end, feed loop into con­nec­tor. Re­assem­ble the bead.

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