Have you ever used ready tied rigs? At first glance it might seem as if ready-made carp rigs are for beginners, I have heard many experienced carp fishermen say that they prefer to tie their own. But what are the pro’s and cons of ready tied rigs?
Ready tied rigs for beginners
If you are a complete beginner then they make a lot of sense, as there is so much to learn in the early stages of fishing. I remember many occasions where I lost fish because I hadn’t tied my hook on properly, or had used a hook or swivel that was too light for the job at hand.
It also takes a while to master the tying of different fishing knots. Some knots are better suited to certain hook link materials, hook designs, or rig mechanics. Certainly for a beginner, buying ready tied rigs removes one major hassle, and is one less thing to worry about.
A beginner can study the design of a rig that they have bought as a guide and “reverse engineer” it. This is especially sensible with more complicated rigs.
After buying a few professionally tied rigs, you will have a guideline as to what to do and which components to use. Certainly a carp fishing novice will want to learn how to tie their own rigs, there will be plenty of occasions where they will not have a ready tied rig that suits a particular technique that they want to use.
For example, you might be fishing amongst weed and want to extend the hook link to 18” or more so that it is less likely to get caught up and hung over a weed strand. If you only have ready tied hook links of 8” then you will be stuck if you don’t have the skills to tie your own.
Ready-made rigs are good for experienced carp fishermen too.
For an experienced carp fisherman a case can still be made for buying ready tied carp rigs. You might scoff at this, or prefer the perceived security of doing it yourself.
But think about it:
You might tie your rigs on the bank whilst balancing the rig materials on your legs, is this a better environment than a workshop where someone is focused completely on the task of making the rigs?
You might be good at tying your favorite knots, but are you really more skilled than a person or machine in a factory who ties the same knot all day long, every day?
You check the rigs that you make to see if there are any problems. With a ready tied rig there will have been a quality control system, and the rigs would have been checked by a second person to the one who tied them. Besides, you can check a ready-made rig just the same as you check your own.
It makes sense to develop the knowledge and skills to tie your own rigs. It also makes sense to learn about rig systems and mechanics so that you know why you are using a hair of a particular length, or a hook that is shaped the way it is.
This knowledge and skill can be supplemented with a set of ready-made rigs in different styles, sizes and designs. This can apply to the beginner and experienced carp angler alike.
There will certainly be situations where you are glad that you have a back up of 10 or 20 ready-made rigs.
You get a run in the middle of the night and your line snaps, do you really want to tie a complete new rig by torchlight when you are half-awake?
You are fishing in a storm or torrential rain, everything is messy and chaotic, tying a new rig is a hassle, so you leave on the one on that you have, even though you know you ought to change it.
You catch a fish, or lose a fish, and you know that they are really feeding. The hook link looks slightly frayed, or the point of the hook is slightly bent. You tell yourself that you don’t have time to tie a new rig because the fish might stop feeding.
You are stalking with a controller and some dog biscuits, you see a fish feeding on the bottom, you throw out a few freebies which the carp duly hoovers up, you are glad that you have a few ready tied rigs in your pocket because you want to be as fast as possible, and you forgot your scissors!