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Technical Rig Design
(Top left) Now we have to splice the braid to the ESP Ghost, and this is done by
kinking the fluorocarbon over at approx. 7ins, passing the braid through the bend,
and wrapping it round 6-7 times.
(Middle left) Pass the tag end of the braid back through the loop in the
fluorocarbon in the opposite direction it first came through. Then moisten with
saliva and gently pull the braid down tight.
(Bottom left) Trim both tag ends and apply some rig glue to thoroughly secure the
join.
(Top right) Steam the rig so it is nice and straight, and then add some rig putty to
the join and halfway along the fluorocarbon to ensure it sinks.
(Middle right) The new Solar PVA Quick change bag system works with any
shape of lead, as long as it is inline.
(Bottom right) I assemble the bag system slightly differently from the packaging.
Lubricate the silicone with some saliva and slide down the hook.
their way into many anglers’ winter
approaches. I have had successes on
this type of setup myself, and with the
plethora of suitable hooklinks on the
market such as ESP Ghost, Fox Illusion or Gardner Subterfuge (stiff or
soft), you are sure to find something
to your liking with the added bonus of
them all being very inexpensive as
well. I know that during the colder
months carp may well spend some of
their time off the bottom, preferring
the warmer layers that a thermocline
might offer, and the only way to tempt
these midwater dwellers is probably
with zig rig, but I will be saving that
for another article as it warrants more
than a quick overview. So I am going
to concentrate on rigs suitable for
fishing on or near the bottom, and
give you my reasons for the specific
components and their various functions.
Let us assume that the carp are
reverting to type in winter, and they
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