Ev­ery­thing you need to know about run­ning rigs

In a world dom­i­nated by semi-fixed bolt rigs, IYCF ed­i­tor James Fur­ness ex­plains why you shouldn’t ne­glect run­ning rigs

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SEMI-fixed bolt rigs, such as lead clips and he­li­copter set-ups, are pre­dom­i­nantly used by carp an­glers. Run­ning rigs have fallen out of fash­ion, but they should have a place in ev­ery an­gler’s ar­moury, es­pe­cially when tar­get­ing pres­sured carp used to deal­ing with more com­mon pre­sen­ta­tions on a daily ba­sis.

Fool wary fish

The main dif­fer­ence be­tween a run­ning rig and other lead ar­range­ments is that the main­line can slide through the weight as soon as a carp picks up the hook­bait. This move­ment will be trans­mit­ted in­stantly to your bite alarm, pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent bite reg­is­tra­tion. In win­ter, when fish feed much more slug­gishly, a semi-fixed rig can be picked up and ejected with­out a sin­gle bleep on your alarm. A com­bi­na­tion of run­ning rigs and switch­ing your alarm’s sen­si­tiv­ity to high, how­ever, will re­sult in even the most finicky bites be­ing reg­is­tered. They are also an ef­fec­tive way of fool­ing carp that have be­come adept at eject­ing the hook when they feel the re­sis­tance from a bolt rig. Un­der­wa­ter footage has even shown carp can use the weight to throw the hook out by shak­ing their head. A run­ning rig stops them from be­ing able to do this, as the line pulls through and they can’t use the weight as a pivot point. If you sus­pect carp are ‘get­ting away with it’, a change to run­ning rigs could be the so­lu­tion.

Get the best from run­ning rigs

There are two es­sen­tial fac­tors re­quired for run­ning rigs to work ef­fec­tively. First, you must use a heavy lead of at least 3oz. If you use too light a lead, the fric­tion of the line pulling through the eye of the swivel will move the lead. A heavy lead will re­main in po­si­tion when the line pulls through the ring,ring which al­lows for max­i­mum bite in­di­ca­tion and min­i­mum re­sis­tance. Se­cond, you need to use a ded­i­cated run ring or a swivel with a large bore to en­able the line to pass through eas­ily.

When to use them

Run­ning rigs are best used on firm lakebeds or shal­low silt. If you cast a heavy lead into very deep silt, it could be­come com­pletely sub­merged in the soft de­bris and pre­vent the main­line be­ing able to pass through the run ring. Although run­ning rigs are awe­some for trick­ing wary fish, if they are feed­ing cau­tiously don’t be afraid to ex­per­i­ment with hook­link ma­te­rial and length as well. A 10in-12in flu­o­ro­car­bon hook­link will be al­most im­pos­si­ble for a feed­ing carp to see, and as it has an ele­ment of stiff­ness it will also re­main ex­tended and pushed away from the lead. When the hook­bait is picked up, this means the move­ment is in­stantly trans­mit­ted to the bite alarm. Other ways to im­prove bite in­di­ca­tion and keep re­sis­tance to a min­i­mum is to point the rod di­rectly at the spot you’re fish­ing and use as light a bob­bin as pos­si­ble.

The large bore run rig en­ables the main­line to pass through with ease is The lead in place se­cured small peg with a of Use a lead 3oz so at least works the rig prop­erly As soon as a fish picks up the hook­bait it will be reg­is­tered on your bite alarm

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