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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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Till next time …

…… tight lines and wet nets!

Author: Marina Kropec


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It’s been for quite a few years (more than 12 years ) since I bought my first rig storage box. I think this box was the first on the market from the Korda company (please comment below if I’m wrong about this information). At that time, it was quite difficult to buy quality fishing equipment in Slovenia’s fishing shops, so every such new product in my fishing bag was very special. Even now it’s the same as not to be mistaken, but back then it was harder to get and also made it even more special.

I almost always make carp fishing rigs at home, because when I go fishing I prefer to focus on fishing tactics, watching the water, taking pictures, recording video, reading, … , so i decided to buy another box for rig storage. Because I am more than happy with the quality and and functionality of the older box I decided to buy the latest Korda rig safe large.



Old version – Korda rig storage

  • After so many years of use and it still looks good.


  • Small abrasion on plastic, but only visual damage.


  • Ruler on the box. Marked length 30cm or 12 inch.
  • Only the plastic on the cap has broken, which of course is understandable after countless times opening and closing.
  • Visible use with innumerable holes in the foam.
  • There was no separate space for hooks.

Latest version – Korda Rig Safe Large

  • Nicely packaged in hard plastic packaging. Let’s open the box.
  • Many carp rigs can be made before filling this box. The winter months will pass quickly.
  • Very practical for different types of rigs.
  • My cat came to see what i bought this time.
  • Even more detailed ruler than the older one (marked half centimeters or inch). Marked length 30cm or 12 inch.




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  • Double pins for rigs that haven’t not yet finished with a loop or swivel and decide on the length when you arrive at the fishing spot.

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My opinion on the new Korda rig safe large: PROS and CONS.

Conclusion

The first impression of a newer box (Korda rig safe large) gave me the feeling that I would carry this box with me for fishing at least as long as the old one I have.

My opinion: if you want a quality, durable and lightweight box for storing your rigs, this rig safe box is one of the best choices to buy on the market. The decision is, of course, up to you.


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Soft plastic lures on a jig head

Any beginner who started fishing for predators probably decided to buy soft plastic lures where jig head hooks had already been installed. Because lakes and rivers have different depth, visibility, flow … so here come in handy silicone baits where we choose the weight of the jig head hook. When fishing in deep water we use a heavier jig head hook and vice versa when fishing in shallower ones.

When rigging the jig head hook itself, the advantage is that we can choose the color and shape of the silicone bait. What we can see in fishing shops with ″ ready to fish ″ soft plastic silicones is not that much of a color choice.

I like to fish with heavier jig heads because with them I get longer distances and consequently a greater opportunity to catch fish farther from the shore.

The big advantage with these baits is that they can be used in bottom fishing, mid layer or shallow water fishing.

Below, with photos and description, I have presented a step by step an easy way to rigging soft plastic lures on a jig head hook. There are many different shapes and colors of jig heads available. I chose the ball jig head shape which is also the most commonly used for jig fishing method.

It may seem complicated at first, but with some practice you can do it easily.


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  • All you need is the jig head and soft plastic lures you have chosen for jig fishing.


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  • For step by step presentation I used Savage Gear Cannibal soft plastic lure (long 15cm and weight 33gr) and ball jig head (weight 25gr and hook size 8/0). You can choose any bait and jig that suits your target fish (perch, zander, pike, walley, trout, bass, catfish, chub, …), the rigging technique is always the same.

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  • Lay the jig head on the bait to see where the hook will come through the bait and visualize how the bait will finally look.
  • Place finger on where the hook will come out of the bait (see picture above).
  • Pierce this spot with the tip of the hook (about 2-5 mm, depending on the size of the soft lure and hook). Make sure the hook is in the middle of the lure body.
  • The hook is first pierced through the front of the soft lure (“fish mouth”).


  • Then slowly move the bait forward until I reach the previously marked point.

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  • When the hook is in place, slowly move the bait to the final position towards the jig head.
  • Just a little bit.
  • Now the soft lure is ready for fishing.
  • These color combinations are great for winter fishing.

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Very simple and with a little imagination we can add some more sparkle and action to the spinner lures.

We do not need professional tying equipment and material, beginner equipment is just fine. Fly tying on treble hook does not have to be as precise as tying trout flies, salmon, etc.

For fly dressed treble hook in this blog we need: fly tying vise, scissors, bobbin, thread, flashes, glue and of course spinner lure. Cheap and great material is tinsel and angel hair for Christmas tree decoration.


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The photos below show you how to tie on triple hook in a simple way, without complication.

  • Prepare your hook in vise.


  • Attach a thread a few times around.
  • Add material to hook.
  • With scissors we cut the length that suits us best.


  • Turn the hook around and repeat the process.
  • different sparkle materials can be used
  • we repeat the process again


  • I finish the thread with a hand whip finish or with whip finish fly tying tool
  • add some glue to finish


And we are ready to fish for aquatic predators 🙂 …


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Which rig to use to make fishing successful? My personal opinion is the rig I confidencet the most. I know this is quite challenging for beginners, as we need experience to get that feeling and knowledge.

Today there are quite a lot of different rigs that can be learned through the Internet, fishing magazines, fishing friends, fishing shops, … We can also buy ready tied rigs if we do not want to make our own.

With photos I will show below the step by step tying simple carp rig. This is my way of tying rig that I use successfully.



Step 1: Rig Components

We just need to get started tying our own carp rigs: hook (barbed or barbless), swivel, anti tangle sleeve, hook link (braid, fluorocarbon or mono), hair boilie stopper, bait (boilie, corn, tiger nuts, …) and boilie baiting needle.

Step 2: Put Boilie on a Hair

Make a loop of suitable length (longer loop for larger boilies) for the boilies.

Insert boilies with a needle.



We add boilie stoppers.

The knot on the loop also serves as a stopper to prevent the boilies from approaching the hook.

Step 3: The Knotless Knot rig

4x to 8x around the hook (depending on the hook size).



Step 4: The last step

Before I make the last knot I add anti tangle sleeve.



The knot on the swivel I use is Grinner knot (2x around the ear). A very strong knot that has never disappointed me. But of course you can use any knot you want.

5x to 8x around the link (depending on the thickness).

Always moisten the link before completing the knot.

Final we add to the swivel anti tangle sleeve ………

……….and we’re ready to go fishing


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