Carp Fishing with the Combi Rig
When it comes to carp fishing, more complicated is rarely better, in fact, it rarely is. The best types of rigs are the ones that can be tied simply and the Combi Rig fits that description perfectly. Not only is it a simple rig, but it can also help you significantly increase the amount of carp you pull in.
For most people’s uses, the Combi Rig is constructed using a stiff section of hook link before being finished with a more subtle section about an inch away from the hook. The stiff section helps to greatly reduce tangles while the shorter section closer to the hook helps to give the hook bait a much more natural movement for when carp are swimming by.
The great part about the Combi Rig, is that it works on both run waters and rock hard waters as well. It’s a very versatile rig and can be easily changed to do almost whatever you need it to do. It works just as well in close range as it does in extreme ranges.
Even better than all that, creating the Combi Rig is such a simple process that even a beginner could learn how to do it, and every beginner angler should!
Tying the Combi Rig
To start out, you will need curve shank hooks, flourocarbon hook length, rig rings, an uncoated soft braid hook length, line sinkers and some rig putty.
Begin by taking a section of the braid and create a hair by making a loop in your line with a granny knot. Then you can attach a rig ring to your line using another granny knot. Using two granny knots will help to keep the ring from slipping too much. Once you put the ring on, ensure there is ample space between the ring and the end of your hair for the bait.
Now, slide the ring on the hook so that it is about opposite of where the point is. This keeps the ring from sliding around the bend and coming off the end of your hook. You can test this by moving the ring around your hook to the point that it can’t slide any further around the bend. Once you have established this point, feel free to tie your knotless knot.
Then attach the braid to the flourocarbon using an albright knot. grab hold of a section of your flourocarbon and make a loop at one end. It will kink when squeezed slightly, and that will make it much easier for you to actually create the knot. Then you can pass your braid through the loop, while keeping the hook close to the flourocarbon. If it looks too short, don’t freak out, it will extend once you tighten the knot.
The next step is to wrap the braid around the loop several times, six or seven times should do. Then go down the loop and then back up the loop three times. After you do this, you can pass the tag end of braid back through the end of the loop following the same direction it came from. Don’t go through the loop the wrong way, otherwise you will cause the line to kink.
Now pull the braid and flourocarbon in opposite directions along with the tag ends which will make the knot tighter. You can wet the knot before you pull it to make sure it tightens correctly without slipping.
It’s also a good idea to add some shrink tubing to the eye of the hook in order to create a more aggressive angle. It will also help to catch the bottom lip of the carp. You can also add a line sinker at this point to help pull the hook down while it’s in the carp’s mouth. To finish the rig, tie on your ring swivel to the end of your flourocarbon and you’re all done!