Tie the ultimate big-carp rig – Luke Vallory
Sticky’s Luke Vallory lifts the lid on a rig that he’ he’s used to catch loads of big carp this year
IHAVE been using this variant of the hinged stiff rig for quite some time, and absolutely love it. The rig is a cross between a hinge and a multi-rig, taking certain attributes of each and combining them to make an extremely effective set-up. I started using it last year on a lake heavily stocked with bream. Despite using pop-ups, I was still pestered by slabs and it began to get a little tedious having to tie up a new rig after each fish.
Impossible to eject
This rig has the same principles as the hinge, but it enabled me to change the hook without having to tie up a whole new hooklength. After I had caught a few carp on it, I was convinced it could be superior to the hinge. The doubled-over stiff filament meant the curved pop-up section was even more rigid and the chance of a carp ejecting it was slim. I was using it with a size 4 Choddy hook, which helps me land more fish. It also grips the filament nicely when it has been passed through the hook twice to create the multirig effect. I can also set the size of the ‘D’ to how I want it. With a normal hinge, you have it set in a similar size, but with this rig I can have it running up most of the hook, creating so much more movement.
I start off by taking a decent length of N-Trap Soft in 30lb. The supple nature of this material means that it will sit nicely over any light weed or debris on the bottom but it still have enough stiffness to kick the rig away from the lead. I strip off a good 7in of the coating and leave it to one side. I then take a length of 25lb Mouth Trap. I double this over and thread it through the eye of the hook. Next, I add a small Thinking Anglers Hook Ring Swivel before pulling the loop down over the hookpoint, as you would with a multi-rig. I use a Puller tool to make the shape of the ‘D’ and put it in position. I bend the tag ends back on themselves at the length I want my pop-up section to be. Then, take the supple end of the N-Trap soft and wrap it round the section of the Mouth Trap seven times, then three times back down. Next, I put the tag end through the loop in the Mouth Trap and moisten it before gently pulling it all down to complete the Albright knot. I then make a figure-of-eight loop on the other end of the hooklink, at the length I want the rig to be, before blobbing the tag ends. Finally I place a little shrink tubing over the knot and steam that down. And that’s it. Just add hookbait and tungsten putty and the rig is ready to cast.
When to use this rig
I use this rig when boilie fishing, generally over a scattering of freebies. It has served me well and I have caught some lovely fish doing this in recent months. I have fished bright ones in the past but, when you know the fish are feeding heavily on the baited area, I think it makes sense to fish a matching bait on the rig. I use the rig for single hookbait fishing too and it generally sits nicely over most lakebeds except for very thick weed. I can feel by the drop I get on the rod what type of lakebed I am fishing over. If it goes down with a firm drop, I know the rig will be presented perfectly. It seems to pick out the bigger carp too. I think this is maybe because it is too blatant for the smaller fish. I like getting bites, but I am trying to pick out the bigger fish, and this rig certainly seems to do that. Once the rig is steamed, it casts really well and very rarely tangles. The addition of an anti-tangle sleeve helps to further reduce the chance of tangles by forcing the hooklink away from the lead. I have used this rig many times this spring and caught some lovely carp to over 34lb. I would happily use this rig anywhere, and when I am boilie fishing over a spread of bait, this is my number one rig.
The soft boom section will settle over any light bottom debris
The stiff pop-up section makes the rig incredibly hard for carp to eject
An anti-tangle sleeve prevents tangles on the cast
Always test your rigs in the margin to check that they sit correctly before casting out
The hinged multi-rig is perfect for fishing over a wide scattering of boilies
Luke likes to match his hookbaits to the boilies he is feeding when using this rig