beginner carp fishing tips


The hair rig is a fishing method which allows a bait to be presented without sitting directly on the hook. It is mainly associated with boilies, but also works effectively with many other baits. The hair rig became popular in the 1980s and was a joint invention by Kevin Maddocks and Len Middleton. It has been experimented with by many anglers, and has revolutionised carp fishing.[1]

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Which carp rig to choose?

A huge variety of carp fishing rigs are used today. They differ in complexity, the time of year, bait presentation, usability on different types of bottoms, and so on.

I have tied a lot of different carp rigs already and I use some of them on almost every fishing trip or have them with me in my korda rig safe. This time I will show you through photos how I tie a carp screw rig. I have been using this rig successfully for a long time so I decided to present in steps how to tie it.

pop up rig

I use this rig mainly for pop ups, but it works great for all other baits as well. The only thing I need to note, If you use baits that are quickly softened in the water, the bait may eventually fall off. It can be used on all different types of bottom and when is not too much weed or debris in the water.

What you need to tie a knotless knot screw rig?

Here’s how you tie it up, in pictures below:

  • Place a bait screw onto the hook shank.
  • Add hook bead (slowly and carefully, the sharpness of the hook can lead to unpleasant injuries quickly)

Cut off the length of the hooklink. Cut off a slightly longer hooklink because the final length of the carp rig is reduced by knots (swivel, hook knot, knotless knot, hair rig, loop knot, … and the like).

  1. First insert the selected hooklink through the hook eye.
  2. Hooklink is now through the hook eye.
  3. Wrap the hooklink material around the hook body.
  4. Wrap hooklink around hook shank (5x – 10x times, depending on hook size, pattern and shape, hooklink thickness, carp rig type and individual decision, but not beyond where the hook point begins).
  5. When your are satisfied with the number of wrappers, then pass the hooklink back through the eye of the hook (recommend for beginners). For better hook strength I recommend wrap the hooklink in the opposite direction (2x – 4x times) and then put hooklink through the ear of the hook.
  6. Always end knotless knot (whith or without hair) by pushing the hooklink end through the hook’s ear toward the hook point. Very important: If you do not do this in this direction, the hook does not turn properly in the carp mouth.
  • Add anti tangle sleeve to hooklink.

Clinch knot that is very easy and fast to tie, strong, reliable and uncomplicated. I recommend all beginners to first learn how to tie this knot. Below I described how to tie this knot. I am sure that after 2x – 3x attempts you will have already mastered how to make it. As they say practice makes perfect ?.

  1. Thread hooklink end through the eye of swivel.
  2. Make 4x or more turns around the hooklinks.
  3. Thread the hooklink through the very first loop above the eye of the swivel.
  4. Always moisten knots, then slowly tighten the knot. Trim the tag end and blob it with a lighter.
  1. Attach bait (pop up boilie, tiger nuts, hard corn, bottom boilie, wafter, dumbells, imitation baits …) on bait screw.
  2. Add a small piece (amount depends on presentation method, boilie size and buoyancy, etc) of tungsten putty, for balance hook bait and efficient rig mechanics .
  3. FInally rig is ready for fishing.
  4. In the end I just check in the aquarium, bucket or similar how your screw rig looks like in the bottom. When you know how to tie a rig properly, it is not necessary to check every rig in the aquarium, but I recommend when we tie a rig that we have never had before. Better to check the rigs at home than to get to the fishing spot and find out that we need to tear down for example all 40 rigs and tie everything up again (fortunately this has not happened to me).

Till next time …

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