THE NOO­DLE RIG

In his own words, Scott Lloyd ex­plains how he cre­ates this dev­as­tat­ingly-ef­fec­tive rig for bal­anced hook­baits, and how ev­ery as­pect serves a spe­cific pur­pose

Angling Times (UK) - - TACTICS -

THIS is known as the Noo­dle rig, but I also call it the ‘half a stick’ rig be­cause it in­cor­po­rates half a length of shrink tube.

The think­ing be­hind it comes from my love of long­shank curve hooks. They’re great hooks, but they can be pretty ruth­less with the mouth, twist­ing round and catch­ing in the net. So this is a safe so­lu­tion. I’m very metic­u­lous and se­quenced in my ap­proach and I’ve watched fish do a lot of things with rigs in the edge. So, do I think the big piece of shrink tube puts them off? Not at all. I’ve seen carp spook off leads, def­i­nitely, but not off rig com­po­nents.

I’ve also never seen them be able to deal with this rig. This isn’t me guess­ing either – this is what I’ve seen from climb­ing trees and watch­ing fish.

I’ve used quite a lot of rigs in the edge, where the fish are at their most wary, and I’ve seen them deal with most of them – es­pe­cially those tied with pop-ups, which they can eas­ily blow out.

To date, I’ve never seen a fish spit this rig out, and that gives me a mas­sive amount of con­fi­dence.

I will oc­ca­sion­ally use this rig with a bit of putty (where the coated braid is bro­ken) but I pre­fer to get my bal­ance from the hook­bait – I al­ways go for bal­anced hook­baits.

“I want the rig to just kick away (from the lead) when it drops”

I’ve wit­nessed fish com­ing over baits and con­trol­ling their suc­tion to work out which bits are safe. With a ‘heavy’ bait, you’re un­likely to catch these fish.

I test the bal­ance of the rig in the edge be­fore I cast out – I want the rig to just kick away (from the lead) when it drops.

I also never cast out any bait with­out a piece of dis­solv­able foam. I wrap this around the back of the hook, lick the tips of it, then just pinch them to­gether. There is an art to it and it takes prac­tice. You don’t want to squeeze the whole thing flat, be­cause it’s the air in it that keeps it buoy­ant. And you don’t want it stick­ing to it­self too much, though ob­vi­ously it must be able to sur­vive the cast and crash­ing through the sur­face of the wa­ter.

I use Korda Wide Gape X hooks for this rig, and they are very sharp straight from the packet. I would only sharpen a hook if I knew it wouldn’t be out in the wa­ter for longer than 24 hours, be­cause I feel the acid­ity of the wa­ter causes prob­lems.

Fi­nally, when putting the curve in the shrink tube, I dunk it in boil­ing wa­ter rather than steam it, be­cause steam can dam­age some hook­links and the wa­ter gives you longer to mould the tub­ing.

Safe and strong Although the rig can be used on a he­li­copter or run­ning rig, Scott uses it mainly with a safety clip, which will dump the lead in weed, leav­ing him in di­rect con­tact with the fish. Scott used the Noo­dle rig to land one of the coun­try’s most sought-af­ter carp – the mighty Burgh­field Com­mon at 62lb! Semi-stiff boom A length of coated braid helps to kick the hook and hook­bait away from the lead, in or­der to keep tan­gles on the cast to a bare min­i­mum.

Ex­tended ‘kicker’ A long sec­tion of shrink tube with a small curved sec­tion at the end makes the rig ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for the carp to deal with. Baits of choice The rig can be used with just about any type of hook­bait, but two of Scott’s pre­ferred of­fer­ings are a wafter dum­bell boilie or a crit­i­cally bal­anced tiger nut.

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