Angling Times (UK)


Rob takes a dive beneath the surface to reveal the workings of a pop-up rig that will help you counter a weedy situation – the ‘Reverse Combi’


AT THIS time of year there’s almost always weed around. As a result, there’s a risk that your hookpoint will get masked, rendering your rig completely and utterly useless. Anything fished hard on the deck in a weedy water is at risk, unless you know there’s a perfectly clean bottom underneath it. Many don’t, and I’d go so far as to say that a lot of the time anglers are fishing ineffectiv­ely, with their rig either tangled or stuck in the green stuff. That’s a lot of time wasted.

The way to get around the vegetation is to get the hookpoint off the deck with a pop-up presentati­on. There are loads of pop-up rigs around but some are much better than others and, believe me, this one is brilliant.

It’s my ‘go to’ rig most of the time in the summer, and works very well over both thick and short, stumpy weed. The best thing about it is how easy it is to tie. It’s probably the easiest rig out of them all, because it’s simply two knots!


If there’s weed in your lake and you’re struggling, try this rig and watch your catch-rate soar. We’ve won matches at internatio­nal level using this rig when all other rigs were failing. It’s particular­ly good where you can feel a donk on the lead but still reel in weed. That’s a surefire sign of low-lying weed and silkweed.


Put simply, it’s a weed beater and a set-up in which I have maximum confidence. It’s also a brilliant anti-eject rig, and very rarely does a fish fall off.

To get the best out of it, it needs to be fished critically balanced, with a pop-up weighted so it sinks slowly down on to the bottom.

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