The Slip D rig is a very versatile rig, perfect for presenting wafters, balanced baits or even out of the bag bottom baits. The ‘hair’ in the case of the Slip D, is the doubled over braid that is passed through the eye of the hook and looped over the point, therefore making a ‘D‘ – hence the name.
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, 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 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 by many of todays carp anglers.
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.
The mechanics of the Multi are very similar to a Chod, a Stiff Hinge or a 360 rig. … It offers you the benefit of fishing a pop-up over bottom debris and presenting your bait in a manner that is accessible for the carp at all times.
The Chod Rig.
RIG MECHANICS: Probably one of the country’s favourite rig in 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 Ronnie Rig.
TYPE OF LAKEBED
This can be used the rig in most situations: clear spots in weed, gravel/clear areas – just amend the lead arrangement and the hooklink length to suit different substrates. This decision on lead arrangements also dictates the hooklink material I choose. Basically, if the lakebed is relatively clean and/or I want to use a helicopter rig then I will use a mono filament hooklink but mainly a semi stiff coated hooklink material is used.
If you think there is light debris I use a small meshed PVA bag with two boilies and hook the bag on (keeping the point clear) halfway along the bag – this keeps the hook point covered and ensures truly pukka presentation when the rig hits the lakebed.
Solid PVA Bag Rig
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.
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.
The Spinner Rig is ideal for presenting a low lying pop-up, another key part of the Spinner Rig is the way it presents your pop-up low to the lakebed. Your hookbait is elevated only by the height of the hook and the swivel, so it stays free of debris and detritus but doesn’t hover unnaturally or look too out of place. If a fish is swooping in for a big mouthful of freebies, having your hookbait placed just above the loose offerings makes it much more likely to be sucked in. The relatively low elevation of the hookbait does mean that the Spinner Rig is best used on generally clear areas.
The mechanics of the rig gives it a natural movement on the lake bed, another advantage of the Spinner is in its movement. Mounting a hook on a quick-change swivel gives it an unhindered 360-degree rotation, so no matter what direction the carp approaches it from there is still a great chance your hook can take hold.
Like most great rigs, the Spinner is also pretty adaptable. You can use it on a lead-clip system or a helicopter set-up with no problems (the latter being best for silty conditions and the former for harder lakebeds).
You can also experiment with the length of boom section, and the material you use to construct that boom. Poker-stiff fluorocarbons can be difficult for the carp to eject, while a softer material will drape over any bottom debris much more naturally.
The Spinner Rig is almost always used with pop-up hookbaits, but there is nothing to stop you attaching a bottom bait or wafter to one. The mechanics of the rig will still function, though the swivel, hook and shrink tube will be much more visible as they won’t be suspended beneath a buoyant bait.
The German rig ticks all of the boxes for many carp anglers. It is a simple, easy to tie rig that has excellent rig mechanics and undoubtedly strong hook holds. The rig is suitable for both bottom baits and wafters, but with a split shot positioned a few millimetres below the hook it also becomes a really effective pop up rig.
Why use this over other rigs?
“Other rigs provide the same kind of mechanics and characteristics, but are much more difficult to tie. I love the simplicity of The German Rig, it’s reliability, and versatility. I love that it never tangles and, of course