Guy Bearne, Devon
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.