Rig school: Barbel combi rig
This clever rig taken from the specimen carp side of the sport combines soft and stiff hooklength materials and is ideal for use with larger baits
BARBEL fishing has developed rapidly with many carp fishing ideas being adapted in recent years. Whether it is using boilies, or hair rigs, there is a big cross-over in tactics for the two species. One great rig for summer barbel is the combi rig. This combines soft and stiff hooklength materials to give the perfect combination of both. The low-visibility, semi-stiff fluorocarbon section is ideal for avoiding tangles with long hooklengths and when weighted is pinned down close to the riverbed. The short soft section enables the hook to turn easily creating a great bolt-effect. A flat tractor lead is used to give maximum hold when fishing in fast-flowing rivers. Attached using a lead-clip, the lead will be ejected should it become snagged during the fight. Importantly, strong components are used throughout to enable hard-fighting barbel to be played hard and landed quickly. Use this rig with larger baits, such as luncheon meat, boilies or larger pellets, ideal summer food for big barbel.
The soft, fast-sinking braid section provides maximum movement and enables the hook to turn easily The two different hooklength materials are joined via a mini swivel