THE DP RIG
I was interested to read the Rigworld piece by Ellis Brazier, in January’s issue (328) regarding the DP Rig named after Dave Preston, who has come up with a simple but effective way to help his curved hook section gain a better grip. Both Dave and Ellis have been using the rig and have caught really well on it. They put it down to the short, stiff 2mm length of bristle filament that protrudes from the wall of the shrink tube (see photo) as being the reason for it hooking perhaps more carp than it might have otherwise done. I have no doubt, if the hook enters a carp’s mouth as intended, the added bristle claw will aim to grip its bottom lip and help to prevent the hook from being dislodged if the carp shakes its head.
However, Ellis mentioned the rig can be used with a popup, and that he’d been using it with his favourite snowman presentation which will obviously lay the curved hook section flat on the bottom, as opposed to it being stood up. I don’t know if Ellis has noted the ratio of catches using a pop-up compared to the snowman presentation, but I would be interested to find out. The reason I’m interested is because it has always been my experience that a short, curved hooklink, hooks carp far more efficiently and more often when using a bottom bait than it does with a pop-up. One of my original three-inch Amnesia stiff rigs curved and held in place using silicon tubing did precisely that. Most fish were hooked in the bottom lip with this rig, more likely because the curved hooklink had a tendency to automatically drop the hook behind the bottom lip when taken directly from lying flat on the bottom. I’m not suggesting Dave’s bristle claw isn’t making a difference to his catches, but I think the relevance of a curved hook section, used with a bottom bait instead of a pop-up, that can easily be nudged and spin away from the lip, might be something we all tend to overlook. Anyhow, it’s food for thought.
DP rig featured in January’s Rigworld
One of my original Amnesia three-inch curved stiff rigs that always performed better with a bottom bait than a pop-up