A chod rig is one of the main rigs that every carp fisherman uses, and will be one of the first ones you should learn how to tie and use. When chod rigs were first introduced, many fishermen considered them to have revolutionized the way they were able to fish. The types of areas they used to consider to be unfishable soon became completely fishable. A chod rig allows you to effectively fish all around the lake. This increases your chances of presenting bait right where the carp are, especially in the areas that are under-fished.
Many people believe the chod rig to be very simple at first sight, but it can actually be a lot more complicated than it appears. This is because there are several critical factors that will determine how well the rig performs.
How to tie a chod rig
The first step is to start with a chod rig is to get a hook with an out turned eye and a stiff bristle filament. There may be other setups, but this one will work most effectively.
Start by passing the hooklink through the front of the eye and make sure to leave a small tag length. Then twist the hooklink around the shank of the hook and the tag end five or six times. Then pass it back through the eye, like a knotless knot and slowly pull it tight.
Then you’ll want to thread a rig ring onto the tag end piece of the hook link. This will be what your bait is tied to, although the size of the ring is entirely up to you. Then pass the tag end in through the back of the eye. This part can be difficult for some people because the thickness of bristle filament. because of this hooks size 7 and larger can make things all that much easier.
Now trim the tag end, making sure to leave around 5 mm. Then use a lighter burn on the short length, which will leave you with a blob on the hooklength material and a “D” shape where your rig ring will be held. You’ll want to be careful when blobbing your hooklink with a lighter. Make sure you cover the other parts of the rig or you run the risk of damaging some of the components.
Then, tie your hooklink to a size 12 link swivel. You can accomplish this using a 2 or 3 turn knot, and then blob the tag end of the blood knot. You can also use your fingers to try and force the hooklink into a curvier angle if possible, which will give you more consistent hook holds.
Other things to keep in mind about the chod rig
Many fishermen have tried to dismiss the chod rig as simply a passing fad, or a lazy man’s rig. This simply isn’t the case though, and the chod rig makes an excellent choice, especially when compared to the similar hinged stiff rig. That isn’t to say that the hinged stiff rig doesn’t have its place, but the chod rig is the superior choice in most situations.
Many people criticize the chod rig because of the increased potential for hook pulls. We suggest you give it a try though, before buying into those criticisms though, because many fisherman who have spent an ample amount of time with the chod rig have found that to simply not be a problem. In many cases, it could actually be how you’re setting up your rig in the first place, and not the rig itself that’s giving you the hook pulls.
As versatile a rig as it is, we can’t recommend the chod rig highly enough. It’s certainly one that you should learn how to tie and use sooner rather than later. There are so many advantages to using the chod rig, and once you start using it and pulling in carp with it, we have a feeling you’ll be a believer as well. Have fun learning how to tie one and have even more fun fishing one!