When the stiff-hinge met the multi-rig – Karl White

They’re two of the best pop-up rigs around, but Gard­ner Tackle’s Karl White has cre­ated a hy­brid of the two

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Contents - Words James Fur­ness Pho­tog­ra­phy Mark Parker

CARP an­glers are al­ways striv­ing to find that ex­tra edge to put a bonus fish or two on the bank. Even when a rig is billed as ‘the ul­ti­mate’ or ‘best ever’ there’s al­ways some­one who man­ages to make a cou­ple of clever tweaks and im­prove its ef­fec­tive­ness even fur­ther. One such an­gler is Gard­ner Tackle and Sticky-backed Karl White. In re­cent years, the multi-rig and stiff-hinge rig have been two of the most popular pop-up pre­sen­ta­tions re­spon­si­ble for the down­fall of count­less big carp. But the 30-year-old rail­way en­gi­neer has taken the best el­e­ments of the two set-ups to cre­ate a hy­brid of the two. And his re­sults hav have been im­pres­sive.

The birth of a rig

The stiff-hinge is of­ten cred­ited with be­ing the ul­ti­mate big-fish rig. So why would you try and im­prove it in the first place? “I was ac­tu­ally do­ing re­ally well us­ing stiffhinge rigs but it was while fish­ing with a friend that I started to think about pos­si­ble im­prove­ments,” ex­plained the Es­sex an­gler. “My friend is al­ways chang­ing el­e­ments such as rig length or hook size un­til he gets a bite. He was us­ing multi-rigs and I was im­pressed at how quickly he could land a fish, at­tach a fresh hook and get his rig back in the wa­ter. I re­alised that I was spend­ing much more time with my rods out of the wa­ter while I tied on a new rig. On some wa­ters you can get a bite re­ally quickly after land­ing one fish be­fore the shoal moves on, and I felt this could be cost­ing me bites. As a re­sult I came up with this pre­sen­ta­tion that com­bines the un­ri­valled me­chan­ics of a hinge rig with the ver­sa­til­ity of a multi-rig. If I need to re­place a blunt hook or even just al­ter the size it now takes sec­onds in­stead of hav­ing to tie up a com­plete new rig.”

The stiffer the bet­ter

Ac­cord­ing to Karl all good pop-up pre­sen­ta­tions have some­thing in com­mon. “Hav­ing an el­e­ment of stiff­ness be­tween the an­chor point – the putty or split shot – and hook is crit­i­cal. With this hy­brid rig I found that not only did the dou­bled-up sec­tion of stiff fil­a­ment dou­ble the stiff­ness of the hook sec­tion, but also that it re­tained its curved sec­tion much bet­ter,” he revealed. “If you are cast­ing reg­u­larly, the re­sis­tance cre­ated when the hook­bait hits the wa­ter can cause a tra­di­tional stiff-hinge to lose its shape. With this rig, I can be 100 per cent con­fi­dent it has kept its shape.” One thing that im­me­di­ately jumps out when you look at the rig is the short length of sil­i­cone tub­ing threaded through the eye of the hook. “This ac­tu­ally came about com­pletely by ac­ci­dent,” said Karl, a wry smile on his face. “Be­cause the stiff fil­a­ment is smooth it can slip through the eye of the hook and I of­ten found that the ‘D’ had got big­ger when I cast out and the rig hit the wa­ter. I didn’t want to put tub­ing over the eye of the hook as this would stop me be­ing able to quickly change the hook. “My so­lu­tion was to thread on a small piece of sil­i­cone so that it sat be­hind the eye and stopped the fil­a­ment pulling through. When I did it, though, the sil­i­cone wedged it­self in the eye and it looked per­fect.”

Boom length mat­ters

With the all-singing all-dancing hook sec­tion it’s easy to over­look the boom sec­tion and the im­por­tant part it plays. If you get it wrong the rig could eas­ily be ren­dered use­less. “What a lot of an­glers don’t re­alise when they think they’ve found a lovely hard, clear area is that, in re­al­ity, it prob­a­bly isn’t as clear as they think,” cau­tioned Karl. “A light layer of silt or weed can eas­ily feel like a clear spot when you pull a lead over it. If a stiff boom gets pulled into this, the rig is go­ing to sit up at a weird an­gle. A sup­ple boom, how­ever, will set­tle nicely over any con­tours.” Not only does the ma­te­rial used need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, but care­ful at­ten­tion also needs pay­ing to the boom’s length. “I judge it purely on how the drop feels when lead­ing about at the start of the ses­sion,” ex­plained Karl. “My go-to length is 10 inches but if the spot feels par­tic­u­larly soft, I’ll go up to 14 inches. Al­ter­na­tively, if it’s firm, I’ll go as short as eight inches.” In terms of lead set-up, Karl once again warns that you should never as­sume the lakebed is as firm as it feels. “Us­ing a heli­copter set-up en­ables the hook­link to move up the leader if the lead plugs into any soft silt. It also has the ad­van­tage that if a fish shows where I’m un­sure of the lakebed I can slide the top bead fur­ther up the leader and the rig should be well pre­sented what­ever the bot­tom. “If you did want to fish it on a lead clip I would rec­om­mend mak­ing the boom sec­tion just a lit­tle bit longer than you think you would need. For ex­am­ple, if you think you need eight inches, tie up 10,” he added.

Bait­ing so­lu­tions

“It’s crit­i­cal to have a re­ally buoy­ant bait for this rig so that it sits cocked and ready for long pe­ri­ods of time. I’ll of­ten use a Sticky 16mm Krill White pop-up as I favour a bright hook­bait over an area of feed to make it stand out,” said Karl. “Most times I bait up with 12mm, 16mm and 20mm boilies to give the fish plenty of dif­fer­ent-sized baits to deal with. I use more of the smaller baits in the mix­ture and if the spot is re­ally clean I’ll add plenty of crumbed-up boilies too.”

This crack­ing com­mon failed to deal with the hy­brid multi-rig

These are the com­po­nents re­quired to tie Karl’s clever hy­brid mul­ti­rig pre­sen­ta­tion

The hy­brid multi-rig pro­vides ex­cel­lent hookholds – there was no way this fish was com­ing off!

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