Guy Bearne, Devon

Angling Times (UK) - - ASK CARP FEED -

Q If the fish are more lethar­gic in cold weather, should I be short­en­ing my rigs? A Not nec­es­sar­ily, in my opin­ion. If a carp is will­ing to pick up a bait it will be mov­ing far enough to tighten even the long­est hook­link. How­ever, when us­ing a tight bait­ing pat­tern, where a carp doesn’t need to move be­tween mouth­fuls, then I would shorten my rig to achieve good in­di­ca­tion. That said, there’s likely to be more nat­u­ral food in the silt pock­ets dur­ing the cold, and that calls for a longer rig.

Of­ten in win­ter I use rigs made from a stiffer ma­te­rial, which can be steamed rigid. This tight­ens things up and re­duces the chances of get­ting done. Matt Ea­ton, Greys & Gard­ner Tackle

I favour a stiff coated braid in late au­tumn and win­ter.

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