Rig of the Month
Calum Kletta’s take on a favourite rig means he can fish it anywhere from right under the rod tip to extreme range
IAM NOT an angler that spends sleepless nights over minute changes that I could make to my rigs – I would much rather they were simple and effective in the first place. For this reason, my favourite is the snowman rig, but I do make a few little tweaks that separate it from the bogstandard version and make it work in the situations that I want it to. The rig is simple to tie up and use, and very hard to tangle because of the large bait and anti-tangle sleeve used in conjunction with a streamlined lead clip set-up. This means that I would be as happy using this rig when fishing at extreme range as I would be lowering it under a rod tip. Using the set-up with a size 6 Covert Continental Mugga hook has given me an amazing hooked-to-fish-landed ratio, even in weedy and snaggy conditions. I prefer to fish the rig over a bed of spod mix, generally consisting of whole and chopped boilies with a sprinkling of hemp and trout pellets to get the fish grubbing around and competing for food. A snowman rig fished over the top will be most effective in this situation, and the hookbait can be tweaked to give even better results. I will start off using a different hookbait on each rod – usually coloured pop-ups on two rods and then a pop-up that matches the bottom bait on the third. Once the successful rod has been identified, all rods should be switched to this bait, giving the best chance of multiple bites. This rig will work when fished over any type of bottom simply by altering the length, depending on how firm the lakebed is, balancing the bait so that it will not sink too far into any silt. The large blob of putty placed on the 25lb Sink Skin hooklink helps to ensure it is sat on the bottom out of the way if, say, the lead has sunk into the silt slightly.
“This rig will work when fished over any type of bottom simply by altering the length”
This mirror, known as The Lord, is one of many carp to fall to Calum’s large simple snowman rig presentation