Carp Fishing with a D-Rig
If you’ve been fishing for carp and finding that many of your “almost catches” have been getting away from you, then it may be time for you to try out a D-Rig. A D-Rig is a very useful rig, because they make it very difficult for carp to eject themselves from the hook after they have already taken the bait into their mouth. There are many different variations of the D-Rig, but the general concept of them all is basically the same.
The other advantages of using a D-Rig, are that they have great anti-tangle qualities when casting. When the weight or lead hits the lake bed, the stiffness of the hook length material will also throw the hook away from the weight or lead, so it won’t fold up on itself.
Tying a D-Rig
The first thing you need is a suitable hook length material, of which there are many good options on the market. A popular option is Amnesia, which is a very stiff material and very suitable for tying the D-Rig. You’ll want to cut the length of your hook length material to 10 – 20 inches ideally.
Then thread it through the back of your hook and make sure you leave about two inches hanging down off the back shank, similar to if you were tying a normal hair rig. Then tie a knotless knot while holding the two inch hair down the back of the hook while you wrap the line from the bottom of the eye down the shank several times.
Now feed the loose end back through the back of the hook and pull everything until it’s tight. Then thread your hair back through the hook eye until you have a D shaped loop at the back of of the hook. You can also take a small ring and thread it over the hair prior to this step to aid in bait mounting.
The next part is a bit tricky and requires you to be very careful. You need to use a lighter and burn the tag end of the D loop so that it will melt and create a blob at the end of the hook length material. This will keep it from pulling back through the eye of the hook and will secure the D loop. The D loop can also be made shorter by burning the end of the tag, as long as you’re extremely careful not to melt any other parts of your length during this process.
Then all you need to do is tie the loose end of the rig to your swivel and you’re done!
Start pulling in more carp
While this rig is far from the most popular rig currently being used, it still can be very useful, especially if you’ve been losing a lot of carp after they take your bait. If this has been happening to you, experiment with the D-Rig and you might just be surprised at how many carp you are able to pull in.