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All Things Riggy
(Below) Are the rigs concealed out
(Right) Can he see your rig?
the average carp angler who wants to
buy only one spool of hooklink to suit
his/her fishing, then a coated braid is
the most versatile, so is a bit of a Jackof-all-trades! Coated braid comes in
all manner of colours, stiffness and
strength, and with dozens on the market it can be overwhelming, especially
to a newcomer as to which one to
pick. Getting the colour correct is
what I look for in a coated braid. The
makeup of the spot I’m casting onto
(sand, gravel, silt, fine weed) will dictate what colour hooklink will go on
that rod. Despite the variety of colours
on the market I find most, if not all, a
bit too glossy, and these days prefer to
use less visible hooklinks on crystal
clear lakes.
Probably the dullest ones about and
with the best colours are the Korda
Hybrid ones, in both soft and stiff
outer coatings. The stiff one makes for
excellent combi-rigs, as once
steamed the link goes very stiff, and if
stripped, the inner braid can manoeuvre fully, offering the stiff/supple combination. All coated braids have a
degree of stiffness to them, which
aids in kicking the hookbait away
from the lead, instead of landing in a
heap on top of it, which could happen
with the aforementioned braided rigs.
For this reason I fish coated rigs a bit
longer than a braid link, and normally
fish them between 7-9in. As a rule I
use a longer link if targeting very big
carp (40lb-plus), as the hooklength
needs to have enough movement to
allow the bait to pass far enough back
in the mouth to gain a good hookhold.
Sheath skin (formerly Stealth Skin)
has accounted for the lion's share of
my coated braid captures, as it’s a bit
finer than a lot of coated hooklinks,
although the inner braid ain’t the softest, as it’s so tightly weaved to obtain
the thinner profile. Its neutral buoyancy requires putty to be added to pin
it down, but this rig material has
helped me to catch a lot of carp up to
42lb 12oz. Fishing on gravel a lot, I
normally use the gold coloured version, but if fresh weed is evidence in
and around the spot then the green
version looks identical to a strand of
fresh weed. Unfortunately both stand
out like a sore thumb if fishing over a
dark, silty bottom. The black version
(Black Silt) also shows up quite a lot,
and on these occasions I’ve used the
brown Jellywire to good effect.
As I said earlier, I haven’t used
coated braids a lot recently, as not
only do I worry about their visibility
but also their over use by most
anglers, as they are very easy to use.
The more a carp experiences a cer-


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