rigs & lead systems

Slip D Rig

The Slip D Rig has accounted for thousands of carp across the UK and main land Europe. It was first invented by Martin Clarke way back in 1986-87 season at Woburn Sands. At the time the rig was first tied using a large ring and dental floss as a hooklink and although it looked a little crude it worked from the off. Although the materials that are used to tie the rig have advanced over the years, the ultra-effective mechanics of the rig remain the same. The presentation has accounted for thousands of fish across the country and for Martin personally around ten forty’s and fifty to sixty thirties, which goes to prove its effectiveness.

The rig is tied up using a coated braid, with the last inch of coating stripped back to reveal the braided inner closest to the eye of the hook. Using mainstream D style rigs tied using fluorocarbon or mono the D is obviously stiff, whereas the D on the Slip D rig is supple. This allows the hookbait, which is mounted on a ring, to come away from the shank of the hook when blown from a carp’s mouth, helping the hook to prick. When it comes to hookbaits, it works well with standard bottom baits and is also very effective with wafters and pop ups.

The Chod Rig

RIG MECHANICS: Probably one of the country’s favourite rig over the past 10+ years. The short and stiff hooklink that is mounted to a ring swivel via a Blood or Loop Knot and allows 360ş movement. This, coupled with the gradual or a more aggressive curve, gives the rig lots of movement, which makes it a deadly hooker.

TYPE OF LAKEBED It can be fished over any lakebed but it is super effective when fishing in weed, deep silt or dirty/choddy areas.

WHAT HOOKBAIT It is vital that you use a super buoyant pop-up on the Chod; the perfect hookbait being a corkball pop-up. If you don’t use a corkball pop-up, many air-ball type pop-ups are good for the job, but just check them in the edge before casting.

The Withy Pool Rig

RIG MECHANICS The long and curved section of shrink tubing below the hook allows the hook and bait to be sat really aggressively and flip super quickly for good hooking potential.

TYPE OF LAKEBED This can be used over a variety of lakebeds; all you need to do is vary the hooklink type.

WHAT HOOKBAIT This presentation needs to be fished with a buoyant pop-up such as a corkball pop-up or a cork dust pop-up. However, it will work just as effectively with a standard air-ball pop-up.

COMPONENTS A curve shanked hook, long piece of shrink tubing (it needs to be stiff shrink tubing to help retain its shape), hook beads, medium rig ring, bait floss, putty/split shot and a coated braid hooklink.

Standard Knotless Knot

RIG MECHANICS The simplest Hair rig presentation there is, but one that is still super effective and forgotten about. This has caught more big fish than any other rig over the course of time and will continue to do so forever.

TYPE OF LAKEBED The Knotless Knot can be fished over any lakebed. All you need to do is vary the length of the rig and the Hair length can also be varied for use of different baits.

WHAT HOOKBAIT Any hookbait can be used. You can have a simple bottom bait presentation or use it as a pop-up rig and add a shot onto the hooklink. You are only limited by your imagination.

Solid PVA Bag

RIG MECHANICS This rig uses an in-line lead and a small, supple hooklink of around three-inches long. This is very effective because it is a short hooklink with a semi-fixed in-line lead that gives fantastic hooking. It’s also great because it’s a ‘mouthful-of-food’ trick for the carp and it works incredibly well.

TYPE OF LAKEBED The beauty of this presentation is that it can be cast anywhere, from clean gravel areas to low-lying weed. Thanks to the PVA bag nothing can get snagged up or mask the hook point and ruin your presentation.

WHAT HOOKBAIT Small hookbaits are perfect because of the micro feed used inside the PVA bag.

The Blow Back

RIG MECHANICS The Blowback Rig utilises a rig ring mounted onto the shank of the hook. This allows the bait to leave the shank further down to make the hook point heavy. It also slides up the shank during the fight.

TYPE OF LAKEBED It can be used over any lakebed as long as you vary the length of your hooklink. Shorter hooklinks on clean areas and longer links in silt and low-lying weed.

WHAT HOOKBAIT This can be used with any hookbait including pop-ups, bottom baits and snowman presentations. A good trick right now is to tip your boilie with a piece of fake corn. The ‘flash’ of colour often grabs the carp’s attention.

The Claw Rig

RIG MECHANICS The Claw Rig utilises a short shrink tubing kicker off the eye of the hook and has a piece of silicon tubing trapping the Hair right around the bend of the hook. This makes the point of the hook heavy which grabs the bottom lip super quickly.

TYPE OF LAKEBED This Claw Rig is very versatile and can be used in most situations apart from thick weed. All you need to do is lengthen the hooklink in silt and low-lying weed and shorten it for gravel and clean areas.

WHAT HOOKBAIT This is designed for use with a bottom bait or snowman set-up.

Hinged Stiff Link

RIG MECHANICS Known as one of the best pop-up rigs of all time, consisting of a stiff boom and D-rig section. There are large Loop Knots at either end of the boom section attaching them to the ring swivel of the helicopter set-up and the small and stiff hooking section

TYPE OF LAKEBED This is generally fished over cleaner lakebeds because the Chod Rig has been designed for fishing in weed and really deep silt.

WHAT HOOKBAIT Just like the Chod Rig, this rig has been designed for fishing with really buoyant hookbaits such as corkball pop-ups and cork dust pop-ups. Without such a hookbait the rig will not work as effectively.

Multi Rig

RIG MECHANICS This is another really effective pop-up presentation using a coated hooklink material that makes the presentation similar to a D-Rig. The rig of choice to the likes of Jon Mac and Adam Penning.

TYPE OF LAKEBED This can be fished over lots of different lakebeds apart from thick weed. If you are fishing it in silt, you sill need to make the length of the rig longer.

WHAT HOOKBAIT These are fished with a pop-up hookbait, most air-ball pop-ups are fit for the job but corkball pop-ups are the best.

Ronnie Rig/Spinner Rig

The Ronnie Rig is notorious for its incredible hooking capabilities, its basically a low lying pop-up rig which is perfect for lakes with not too much weed. The hooking potential on this rig is just savage, its always arced which makes it ready to hook the fish from any angle. This 360-degree hooking angle means that if fish hoovers this rig up, there’s a very good chance its staying in there.

In light weed, there aren’t many rigs which perform better, it hovers just above the lake-bed and will fly into the carp’s mouth when they are rummaging around. The hook-up to land ratio is also amazing on the Ronnie rig, once the hook is set in their its not coming out easy! If you are going to be fishing particularly weedy lakes, we’d recommend using a chod rig instead but for light weed and silt, the Ronnie rig is arguably the most efficient rig you can use


RIG MECHANICS A Zig Rig allows you to present your hookbait up in the water. You can either fish a standard Zig Rig using a lead clip that is suitable for shallower waters or for deeper venues you can use the Adjustable Zig Rig that allows you to present your hookbait in any depth of water.

TYPE OF LAKEBED Zig Rigs can be cast anywhere because the hooklink is presented above any bottom debris or low-lying weed. The only time you can’t use it is in surface weed.

WHAT HOOKBAIT Many hookbaits can be used but they have to be super buoyant. Foam and cork is perfect for Zigs and you add some spice to them by glugging them in a liquid attract before casting.

The German Rig

It is effectively a modern take on a classic stiff rig, but instead of being constructed from a wiry nylon, this rig relies on the properties of a coated braid. The rig harnesses the behaviour of these more advanced materials, which are used fully intact and have just the right level of stiffness for the mechanics to work. Effectively, the rig was born out of frustration with traditional combi rigs. anglers did not like the way the supple hook section could fold back on itself when a fish picked up the bait. Instead, with a fully coated braid and a bait mounted very close to the bend, the hook almost immediately sets itself in a talon-like position, ready to catch hold in the carp’s mouth, The effect is created not only by the use of unstripped coated braid but also by the deployment of a curved-shank hook and a rig swivel on which to mount the bait. Crucially, a rig sinker, split shot or piece of putty is also needed about an inch or so below the hook to help drag that hook down as quickly as possible. The resultant combination is a very aggressive hooking arrangement that naturally wants to drop into the fish’s bottom lip hookpoint first, Length of hooklink is often a subjective matter, but like so many other rigs it really depends on your baiting approach, When it comes to hookbaits, the German Rig is perfect for wafters or critically balanced boilies, but it also works with bottom baits and snowman presentations. It is not a rig for using with pop-ups, but you aren’t just limited by boilies, fake corn, tiger nuts and other non-spherical baits can be happily accommodated on the back of a German Rig, The rig works very well as a single-hookbait presentation, but it is certainly not hindered by the addition of a PVA mesh bag to add attraction around the hookbait and prevent the hook point from fouling on any debris,

Mono Hair Rig

In the words of Matt Collins – The humble hair rig revisited The traditional mono hair rig has been around for decades. I’d never given it much thought until I spent time on the bank with a friend who’s been using it (and nothing else!) for over 20 years. Knowing what he’d caught, I knew I had to understand how something so simple could be so effective. I’ve been fishing with it for a few seasons and it didn’t take long for the results to come and carp after carp fell to this simple little rig. I have fished various versions of this rig and learnt a lot about it. It may look very simple but there are some tiny little details that are so important to get right. I’ve also added a little twist to improve its performance: inserting a little hook bead along the shank of the hook makes it easier to tie than whipping under the hair. It also stops the knotless knot from unravelling and becoming loose (very important when using mono!). One of the reasons I like this rig so much is that it’s really versatile. You can literally take this rig anywhere. You can use it on a variety of bottom types, with bottom baits, snowmen, wafters or popups and the stiffness of the mono gives it good anti tangle properties. Because the mono is semi stiff, it will resist the attention of nuisance species. It’s naturally anti tangle and will always be ready for when a carp arrives on the scene. You need to enjoy rig tying though as these rigs are basically only good for one carp. They are very cheap and very quick to tie though. Don’t worry if this rig doesn’t work well with the palm test when you try it. I don’t worry about the palm test. It’s very crude and doesn’t accurately represent how the rig actually moves in the water. Also the palm test doesn’t work as well with mono as it does with braid because mono is so stiff. This simple rig has been around for 30+ years and many thousands of anglers have caught countless carp using it so it’s definitely worth adding to your armoury. The only way to really see how well something like this works is to fish with it! See the video here

choosing the right lead system

Lake Bottom: Semi-fixed pendants can be used on gravel, in silt and around weed because the lead is able to discharge.

Angling Pressure: Look at what other anglers on your lake are using and use a different set-up. For example, if people are using heavy semi-fixed leads then use a light one.

Type of hooklink: The hooklink that you are using can vary dependent on the lakebed. The harder the lakebed, the stiffer the hooklink, which has very good hooking properties.

Recommendations: There are many companies that produce lead clips, all differing in quality, from how they dump the lead through to user-ability.

Lake Bottom: This is best suited for a harder lakebed, such as gravel or clay. It’s also the ideal lead/set-up for a solid PVA bag approach.

Angling Pressure: If used with a PVA bag, it means you can present a hookbait stealthily without causing unneeded commotion of finding a clear area with a marker float.

Type of hooklink: Again, if fished in a solid PVA bag, a short, soft, braided hooklink works best. This allows it to fit inside the bag and allows lots of movement for good hook holds.

Recommendations: To set up an effective, tangle-free, semi-fixed lead set-up, you need to make everything as streamlined as possible. Make sure you use a rubber tail on the back of the lead as this does exactly that.

Lake Bottom: Generally fished over soft areas, such as silt which is covered in debris and would cause problems with other lead set-ups.

Angling Pressure: A lot of people all use Chod Rigs with the helicopter set-up over silt and bottom debris.
Try using bottom baits instead.

Type of hooklink: Softer hooklinks are suited more to this presentation. This allows the hooklink to follow the contours of the lakebed.

Recommendations: If you’re unsure of how to construct a safe helicopter rig, then opt for one of the many ready-tied, ready-to-use versions that are out there. 

Lake Bottom: Running pendants can be fished from hard gravel features to silty areas. This style of lead set-up shouldn’t be fished into weed though, as the lead can jam..

Angling Pressure: This lead set-up is being seen less and less, so if anglers on your lake are continually using semi-fixed lead set-ups, then a running pendant could be an edge.

Type of hooklink: The type of hooklink on this set-up is very versatile dependent of the lakebed. If fished onto a hard area, go for a stiff hooklink, whereas on a silty bottom go for braid.

Recommendations: The key to an effective running lead set-up is to make the loop that the line runs through as frictionless as possible.

Lake Bottom: Running pendants can be fished from hard gravel features to silty areas. This style of lead set-up shouldn’t be fished into weed though, as the lead can jam..

Angling Pressure: This lead set-up is being seen less and less, so if anglers on your lake are continually using semi-fixed lead set-ups, then a running pendant could be an edge.

Type of hooklink: The type of hooklink on this set-up is very versatile dependent of the lakebed. If fished onto a hard area, go for a stiff hooklink, whereas on a silty bottom go for braid.

Recommendations: The key to an effective running lead set-up is to make the loop that the line runs through as frictionless as possible.

A very fish safe system where in case of line break the carp loses all leaders, main line and lead. Only the rig remains in the mouth. Unique and very fish-friendly!

This is possible because the rig is not tied to the leader / main line. The connection is therefore not “fixed”! This releases everything in the event of a line break. Have a look at this system. In this way it is possible to fish using the “fixed lead” principle and also the “running rig” principle, whereby in the latter case a bite indication is twice as fast! The clip has an extra large feedthrough that allows leader knots to “shoot” through the clip in the event of a line break. In addition, this Hit & Run clip can be used in all other ways. Included are 6 click-in holders where the swivel can be fixed in the clip in case you want to drop-off fish. The latter is never preferred, but we understand that it is effective in some situations. See all systems here.