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Technical Rig Design
(Top left) Set the length of the hair and
secure the silicone in its correct
position.
(Middle left) Form a knotless knot
with 6-7 turns and moisten before
carefully tightening.
(Bottom left) Your partially
constructed rig should be looking
similar to this now.
(Top right) Take approx 8mm of
shrink tube and position over the eye
of the hook and knotless knot.
(Middle right) Steam the shrink tube
to its correct position by carefully
holding it over a boiling kettle.
(Bottom right) The sharp end should
now be looking like this, and it’s time
to sort out the other end.
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because he likes the sticky sharp
points and inherent strength of the
pattern, and he feels that these offer
the best of both worlds, hence the
modification.
For his hooklink for the silt rig, he
has been using Atomic Tackle’s
Brown Jellywire in 15lb since last
year, and has found it totally reliable
with excellent camouflage properties.
Having used this particular material
myself since its introduction in this
country I can certainly attest to its
suitability, and it is a very worthy
addition to your hooklink arsenal. As
Dave began to tie the rig I was
impressed with the meticulous man-
ner he approaches every element of
its construction, and the final rig
looked almost too good to use!
Once Dave has tied the loop on the
hair he attaches his preferred barrel
bait lengthways, sets the length of the
hair so that the top of the bait sits
around half an inch from the apex of
the bend of the hook, and the hair is
then held in place with a 3-4mm
length of 0.5mm silicone tubing. Having the hair come off the hook at this
point offers an excellent anti-eject
setup, and although it breaks with
what is generally accepted as conventional with regards to where the
hair should have its pivotal point the

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