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10 Best Carp Rigs & Setups (with Diagrams)

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What are the best carp rigs to use today, and is there such a thing as a ‘best’ rig?

Sometimes you’ll hear stories from your fishing buddies, sponsored anglers or YouTube, who will tell you that there are many methods to presenting a hookbait perfectly.

In my opinion, it depends on what kind of terrain you’re fishing over, and the location or situation in front of you.

This why carp rigs are evolving all the time

I’ve put together a comprehensive rig guide below to help you.

This includes some basic rig materials to get you started, a collection of some of the most popular carp rigs, together with rig videosdiagrams and some helpful shortcuts to save you money.

Let’s begin!


Select a rig below for a step-by-step guide on how to make it.


Click the links below for even more helpful carp rig tips.

rig checklist

Below is a handy, but essential, list of rig materials.

I’ve put a very basic list of rig tackle together, designed to help newcomers build up a basic tackle collection for crafting rigs.

As you learn more about making your own carp rigs, you can add more tools and accessories as you go.

Just make sure you’ve got yourself a decent rig tackle box like the one below to help you stay organised!

Tackle Box

The Korda Tackle Safe (above) features 29 compartments, offering you plenty of space for all your hooks, braids, clips, links and swivels.

It is worth buying a rig wallet, which is a dedicated sleeve for storing your rigs in.

For chod rigs, a chod bin helps to keep the chod section in shape, ready for your next fishing trip.


A small pair of sharp scissors are required to cut line, braid and other hookink materials such as fluorocarbon.

Occasionally, forceps or pliers may also be needed for certain rigs.


It pays to have a variety of hooks sizes and patterns (see our Hook Guide below).

Sizes 2, 4, 6 and maybe 8 are preferable for many situations.

Zig rigs require an even smaller hook – at around a size 10 or 12.

There are many hook patterns, which include Wide Gape, Curve Shank, Long Shank and Chod.


Again, there is a huge variety of hooklink materials!

Coated and semi-stiff braids, fluorocarbon and monofilament are the most commonly used.

I found a really good article that explains these materials, and what they do.

Carpology: A Complete Guide to Hooklinks – go check it out!

Bait Tools

In constant use, both of these are required for rig making.

A bait needle is used for placing your hookbait onto the hair.

A latching needle is good for fiddly knots and of course, splicing leadcore.

Knot Puller

These are really useful for tightening down knots, counter balancing rigs that need to be presented true and correct and splicing braid material.

Swivels, Clips & Links

All carp anglers should carry a healthy variety of swivels, clips and rig rings.

Commonly used are quick-change and micro swivels, special clips for maggots, PVA bags and helicopter setups.

Bait Stops

It doesn’t stop there!

Bait stops are useful for keeping hookbaits in place.

The same for bait floss and bait screws.

Beads can also be helpful for keeping rig elements in place.

rig guidelines

Sticking to some helpful guidelines will improve your understanding of carp rigs.

1. Try to present your rig the best way possible

This is to achieve the maximum hook-hold (the center of the mouth), all in a safe manner.

2. Minimise pickups

This is where the carp picks up your hookbait but either shakes the hook or spits it out.

There are rigs to counteract this such as the blowback rig.

3. Match your hookbait to the rig

There are specialist, or slightly altered rigs, for say fishing with a PVA bag or fishing at other levels of the water column.

The wrong hookbait can kill a rig or aid poor presentation.

4. Rig Materials

Hooklengths, such as coated braid or fluorocarbon, hook size/pattern, putty and tubing all form the mechanics of rigs and how they work.

You should learn how each element plays a part and what it is achieving!

5. Rig Safety

This is very important. Your rig should be safe at all times, for example, if you’re fishing in dense weed – make sure to drop the lead to land the carp safely.

This prevents it from dragging a lead around the lake.

Carp Hook Guide

I've selected all the common hook patterns, and when to use them.

There are four main patterns of hook used in carp fishing.

These are Wide Gape, Curved Shank, Stiff Rigger and Long Shank.

Let’s take at a look at these below, to give you an insight on what they do.

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Popular with pop up rigs

Wide Gape

This a classic hook pattern that suits pop up rigs really well.

This is no doubt due to its high strength-to-size ratio!

Curved Shank Hooks
The KD rig relies on this pattern

Curved Shank

Other hooks tend to have a straight shank, whereas this pattern (you guessed it) is slightly curved.

This ‘curve’ can make it hard for carp to eject, and is widely used as part of a KD rig which relies on this mechanic.

Stiff Rigger Hooks
Ideal when using fluorcarbon

Stiff Rigger

The eye here is out-turned making it great for stiffer materials such as fluorocarbon, allowing for a good strong knotless knot to the hook.

Chod rigs work great with this pattern.

Long Shank Hooks
Try using a small piece of silicone to 'trap' the hair.

Long Shank

Bottom baits are well suited to this design, especially tigers or corn.

Occasionally, the longer shank can push your bait out a little too much.

A small section of tubing to trap the hair can solve this issue.

What Other Type Of Hooks Are There?

There are also many styles of eye, hook point, gape and colour.

Out-turned eyes work great with mono and stiffer line.

In-turned eyes are traditionally best used with braided hairs.

Straight hook points are ideal for fishing in weed because they tend not to catch it too easily!

Beaked hook points are perfect for gravel bottoms as they won’t blunt too easily.

The finish of a hook can also be very helpful, whether thats silver or a low-glare finish that won’t spook carp.

How To Sharpen Your Hooks

Gardner Tackle have produced this helpful video on how to sharpen your hooks effectively using the Point Doctor.


1. A Simple Hair Rig

Beginners should first get to grips with making a basic hair rig. The original rig that sill catches carp everywhere.

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The first carp rig to get yourself familiar with, should be a hair rig.

In it’s simplest form, this allows your hookbait, such as a boilie, to be seperated from your hook.

This ‘hair’ allows free movement in any direction.

You can use all kinds of hookbaits on a hair rig, from a single grain of sweetcorn, to a snowman presentation (a small bait placed on top of a larger bait).

Plenty of carp around the world have been caught on this rig!

I’ve chosen to display a video for you to watch below, rather than a written step-by-step guide, as I think beginners would prefer this method.

Anglers of any ability should find this easy to make and execute.

To make the hair rig described in this video, I have include a handy list of components you need below.

You can purchase each item above by clicking it.

I do earn a small commission, which pays to keep this website going.

Simple Carp Rig Video
by Carl & Alex

2. classic pop up rig

This classic pop-up rig takes around 4 minutes to make, and is very useful to have a couple made up in your rig collection.

Hair Rig Diagram

Designed to stand out amongst dull feed baits, such as chopped boilies and pellets, this classic pop up rig will hover above any debris that could be found on the lake bed.

Courtesy of Gardner Tackle, below is a step-by-step guide on how to make this rig.

Here’a the list of materials you’ll need to get started.

How to Tie A classic pop up rig

The steps below are taken from Carpology Magazine, in association with Gardner.

Step 1

Take a stripper tool to remove approximately 3 inches of coating (this allows for plenty of movement). Then, tie a small loop in the end of the stripped braid, then attach your 12mm pop-up.

Step 2

Now secure the 12mm pop-up to a size 8 Covert Continental Mugga.

You can do this by using a knotless knot.

Make sure that the pop-up is positioned at the start of the bend.

Step 3

Now slide a fairly long length of Covert Supa Shrink on to the rig, and position as shown, to trap the bait tight to the shank of the hook.

Step 4

Tie a figure of eight loop knot in the end of the rig (as shown) to make it easy to attach to a swivel.

Step 5

Now warm up some putty, then attach a blob to balance the pop-up (This is where you should practice at home to make sure the balance is right!)

The finished simple pop-up rig

There are many variations of a pop up rig,  but we’ve kept this as easy and as simple to make as possible.

The key with most pop up rigs is to match the popup size to your hook size, otherwise, the presentation can really let you down, with carp becoming wary of it very quickly.

Keep practicing this popup rig, and experiment with different sizes and shapes. Perhpas try some dumbell hookers?

A good tip for rig making at home is to dip it your rig into a bucket of water (or abandoned fish tank like I do!)

This way, you’ll know EXACTLY how it sits and reacts when it settles onto the lake bed.


The video below teaches you some handy tips when in comes to using pop ups in your carp fsihing.

3. The Multi Rig

A multi-purpose carp rig that can be used on most terrain, such as gravel, silt and weed.

A reliable classic, the ‘multi-rig’ is known for its versatility.

With the ability to quickly change either the hook, or hookbait, and the fact it’s very easy to tie, makes this rig a must in any carp anglers rig wallet.

How To Make The Multi Rig

If you get stuck with the steps below, there is a very helpful video at the end.

Step 1

Take around 12 inches of your chosen coated braid.

Step 2

In one end, make the usual ‘figure of 8’ loop – moisten, and then tighten using a knot puller.

Step 3

Repeat step 2 for the other end, only make this smaller!

Step 4

Take the larger loop you’ve just created, and strip back around 3mm of the coated braid just above this loop.

Step 5

Now take your hook (size 6 or 8) and slip a hook bead onto the shank (this will keep everything tidy once tied)

Step 6

Thread the larger loop end through the eye of the hook ( a splicing needle will help with this)

Step 7

Now also thread either a bait screw or micro swivel after the hook in step 6….

Step 8

Now for the tricky part!

Because you’ve threaded the hook through the loop and the bait screw, or micro swivel, you should pull the loop over the hook end and pull down tight down to the hook bead.

Step 9

Simply add you popup/chosen hookbait to the boilie screw or swivel.

Step 10

Warm up, then add some putty to the top of the big loop knot you’ve just created.

You should take care here (remember to test out the balance at home) because you’ll want the pop up to stand nice and proud as shown below.

You can experiment with the weight of the hook, or amount of putty used, against various pop up combinations.

The video below will really help you to digest what this rig is trying to achieve!

These are really effective carp rigs that can be used anywhere.

4. The Chod Rig

This rig allows you to present a carp bait over a wide range of surfaces.

You may or may not of heard the chod rig.

Either way, its of those fascinating carp rigs (especially the mechanics)

The two main advantages of the chod rig, are that it allows you to present a carp bait over a wide range of surfaces such as mud, weed and debris.

The other is the distinct mechanics, or shape, that allows you to attach your chosen hookbait.

Instead of a traditional carp rig,where you may attach a leader, hook length and then your hook (in that order), the chod rig actually sits between your lead and leader.

Using a very short, rigid hook length (about an inch or so), you place this between two beads like the image below, sliding into the position you require.

The angle at which this ‘stiff boom’ sits makes the chod rig really aggressive, whilst maintaining a 360 degree axis (sometimes known as a helicopter setup or rig) which minimises tangles!

Finally, we have a carp rig that delivers!

Gone are the problems of yesteryear that anglers like me and you faced (and shied away from) when attempting to fish between weed or debris laden areas.

If a chod rig is setup correctly (which may take some practice) these key features we’ve mentioned make it very difficult for carp to shake the hook free, with a hookhold that is strong and secure.

Chod Rigs

Could the chod rig be one of the ‘carp rigs of the century’?

Following along to a video on how to make your own chod rig at home is far easier than a step-by-basis due to the trickiness in the creation!

You can find these chod rig videos below.

Chod Fishing Tips

The Nash Guide To Chod Rigs

Nigel Sharp Talks Chod Rigs

5. Hinged Stiff Rig

The hinged stiff rig is great at presenting pop-up rigs just off the bottom!

hinged stiff rig diagram

The hook sits an aggressive angle primed for striking straight into the centre lip of the carp, making the rig hard for carp to eject.

If, on the unfortunate occasion the carp does shake the hook, the rig ‘resets’ itself , so you can be sure it still presents a good opportunity for a follow-up take!

Additionally, the stiff hinge rig can be presented on a whole host of lake beds – including light weed or choddy areas.

All these features make the hinge stiff rig a ‘go-to’ rig for many of the top anglers, including Mark Pitchers.

As with all your rigs, make sure your hook is as sharp as can be using the nail test, and flick in into the margin so you can see how it presents itself close up….

Let’s talk you through the steps on constructing this devastating carp rig!

Step 1.

Take around 8 inches of your extra stiff hooklink material.

Step 2.

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 1

Double this up by folding it in half – and then thread the close end through the eye of your hook (backend, towards the point)

Step 3.

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 2

Leave a small loop and thread on a micro swivel or mini hook link swivel

Step 4.

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 3

Now once you’ve slipped on the micro swivel as in the previous step, take the loop and pass it over the hook point as shown above.

Step 5.

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 4

Now you can lock in this swivel by closing up the loop. To do this, simply pull the other end of your hooklink.

Step 6.

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 5

Now take your Size 11 Flexi Ring Swivel and pass this down the doubled up loose end of your hooklink to approximately 1 inch away from the hook eye.

Step 7.

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 6

At this point, you need to ‘twist’ your hooklink around itself twice, with the intention of creating a blood knot…..

Step 8.

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 7

Now pass the tag end through the loop creating (closest to the flexi ring swivel)

Step 9.

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 8

Take a multi-tool or hook puller to tighten up this knot – locking the flexi ring swivel in place….

Step 10.

Now trim off the remaining tag end (and blob down with a lighter) leaving a nice neat stiff hinge element!

Step 11

Stiff Hinge Rig - Step 9

Now go back to the hook end where you slipped on the micro swivel and open this up slightly to create a ‘D’.

Step 12

Stiff Hinge Boom Section

For the boom section, take the coated braid and loop each end (one small for the stiff hinge – make sure you put this on first!) with the other loop for connecting to your lead arrangement.

Step 13.

Making a Stiff Hinge Rig

Finally – attach your hook bait of choice onto the micro swivel, then add some putty to counter-balance your rig (test this in water) – and you’ve created your first stiff hinge rig!

Note: Instructional Images courtesy of Fox International.


6. Carp Rigs With Corn

Carp anglers have been using sweetcorn since the dawn of time, perhaps because it’s so effective due to the colour, shape and taste that carp find it irresistible.

This would not be a carp rig guide without mentioning sweetcorn, or pop up corn.

A carp rig ‘tipped with corn’ can be the difference between a blank and a life changing session.

You should always put 100% into getting rig presentation just right, whether you use boilies, pop ups, corn or tiger nuts.

What Type of Corn Should I Use?

carp rigs for corn
There are plenty of corn options you could use.

Actually, this is a legitimate question!

These days, you can buy tinned supermarket corn, frozen corn and even tackle shop corn that may include an additional flavour or sweetener.

These golden grains can also be purchased in various sizes so you can create the perfect presentation.

Below is a devastating carp rig for corn.

Simple Double Pop Up Corn Rig

This corn rig is rather simple – but highly effective!

Basically, this uses two grains of popup corn, fished on a hair.

Best used with a size 8 or 10 wide gape hook, the hair needs to be really supple.

You can do this by using coated braid and ‘stripping back’ a couple of centimetres.

This is then tied to your chosen hook using a knotless knot and then mounted blowback style on a small rig ring.

This will help the double corn sit-up prone like a claw.

Additionally, a small section of silicone tubing can be used over the eye which helps to flip out the bait and catch a good hold in the mouth of the carp.

To complete the rig, squeeze a small shot onto the supple hair (about 1 cm above the silicone tubing on the eye) which will help the rig sink.

You may need to add a small amount of rig putty to achieve the perfect balance!

As always, test the rig out at home or in the margins before casting in.

Alternative Corn Rigs

7. Naked Chod Rig

Designed to be fished using an ultra-buoyant hookbait, its perfect for fishing over weed or soft silt.

naked chod rig diagram

The ‘naked chod’ is based on a helicopter rig, where the chod section is connected directly onto your mainline.

Naturally, your lead will strike the lakebed first, with your hooklink trailing behind….

Due to the high bouyancy of your hookbait, this will float down slowly, resting nicely onto weed or debris as intended.

The beauitiful thing about the naked chod is that you can adjust the beads either side to set the length accordingly.

How To Make The Naked Chod Rig

We’ve used steps from the awesome Fox Rig Guide to show you how to put everything together.

Step One
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Take some Fox Rigidity, and cut around 4 inches.

Using a knotless knot, attach your hook, but leave a short hair(around 4cm).

Step Two
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Get the hair end, and slide on a mini hook swivel.

Now place this back through the hook eye to create a ‘D’.

Now carefully blob the tag end which will stop it passing back through the hook eye.

Step Three
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Now to the other end of the Rigidity.

You’ll want a Size 11 Flexi Ring Swivel which you’ll be tying using a 2-turn blood knot.

Step Four

To counter-balance the hookbait, mould some putty over the eye of the swivel section of the Flexi Ring.

All thats left is to steam a prominent curve like the picture above!

If you’re strugggling with this naked chod rig, I’ve included a couple of videos that might explain things better for you.

Darrell Peck's Naked Chod Rig

The Perfect Naked Chod Rig

8. The Ronnie Rig

Perhaps the most recent ‘mainstream’ carp rig, the ‘Ronnie Rig’, or sometimes known as the spinner rig, has similar mechanics to the hinged stiff rig.

ronnie rig diagram

It offers precise positioning for your pop up on the bottom of the lake, resulting in good, strong hook holds.

There are many types of Ronnie Rig out there, incorporating small changes such as using a uni-link swivel, as opposed to a quick change swivel.

Furthermore, anglers can either use a slipped ‘D’ to mount the hookbait, or a hook bead to determine where the hookbait exits.

Ronnie Rig Diagram
Notice that the hook bead is placed opposite the hook point.

Whatever method you choose, the goal is to ensure your hookbait can rotate freely through 360 degrees.

The whole ronnie rig setup looks delicately posed –  a bit like a claw!

Hopefully, when a carp sucks it in, it will give you a very strong hook hold around an inch into the bottom lip.

From the swivel, up to the hook eye, you should place some shrink tubing (make sure to match the colour with the lakebed!) to give you a presentation that is stiff and sits at the absolute best angle possible.

You can take a look at the rig diagrams, or watch the instructional video at the end, to see how to should sit nice and proud.

All the mechanics that we’ve discussed so far are fundamental for one thing…

….making sure that the Ronnie Rig RESETS itself each and every time!

This makes it a very efficient rig that you can be confident in, even if a carp has ejected it!

Where Can I Use The Ronnie Rig?

The short answer to this is in most circumstances!

Whether that’s fishing clear spots in weed, over a bed of particles, or amongst a spread of boilies.

I like to use a small sized popup, say 12mm, and it has also worked well as part of a PVA bag setup containing mixed pellets!

Materials Needed

Tying The Ronnie Rig

We’ve selected the ORIGINAL Ronnie Rig, but as we mentioned, other components will work just as good, as long as the presentation is the same!

Courtesy of Carpfeed, here are the instructions to tying the Ronnie….

Step 1.

Firstly, we’re going to create the swivel-hook-hair element.

Take a good 7 inches of the Korda Dark Matter braid.

Double it up, and slip on a mini rig-ring, then loop it up and over the hook.

Ronnie Rig-Step One

Step 2.

Next, you should take the tag ends (doubled up) and pass both of them through the BACK of the hook eye.

Ronnie Rig-Step Two

Step 3.

Take ONE part of the tag end braid, and perform a knotless knot up the shank of the hook.

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Step 4.

Finish off the knotless knot by taking the whipped end around the back and back through the eye.

You should now trim off this small tag end and blob it down using a lighter.

Now take your shrink tubing, and slide a section onto the hook as shown below.

Ronnie Rig-Step Four

Step 5.

Now for the slightly tricky part!

Take the other tag end (the one you didn’t blob) and tie this onto a uni-link swivel.

Do this by using THREE granny knots.

You’ll want to keep the hook eye and swivel as close together as you can.

Now trim off this tag end.

Ronnie Rig-Step Five

Step 6.

So, you should now pull the shrink tube over the swivel barrel, and then steam it to shrink it down.

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All that’s left to do is to attach your coated braid hook length and hookbait.

Use the tungsten putty to mold over the shrink tube to balance your chosen popup!

Again, all these steps are courtesy of Carpfeed – an awesome website with some great rig tutorials!

Ronnie Rig Videos

We’ve selected a couple of Ronnie Rig videos (that may use different components) if your prefer watching and following along!

9. The KD Rig

Known for its fantastic hooking ability, the KD rig (short for Kevin Dorsett!) is very easy to tie, and suits a variety of hookbait presentations.

In its most basic form, the KD rig is whipped to such an aggressive angle that it becomes nigh impossible for carp to eject.

This angle, where the hair exits the shank close to the eye, makes the hook point heavier, increasing the likelihood of hooking centrally in the bottom lip.

Now hugely popular, a key factor to make the KD rig effective, is to use it with a critically balanced bait which allows it to sink under the hooks weight.

In turn, the eye is lighter, and your hookbait of choice will act similar to any free offerings in the surrounding area!

Common presentations used in the KD rig are a Snowman, a Pop Up with a split-shot on the hair, or a bottom balanced bait with a cork insert.

Now for steps on how to tie the KD Rig

  1. Begin with around 12 inches of soft-coated braid.
  2. Strip off about 4 inches using a line stripper.
  3. Now tie a small overhand loop in the exposed braid.
  4. Thread on your chosen hookbait.
  5. Take your hook (a short curved shank hook is vital here) such as the Korda Kurv Shank.
  6. Thread your hooklink through the eye, leaving just a 1cm between hookbait and hook.
  7. Now tie a knot less knot to secure the hook in place, but use just 3 turns around the hair and shank, lift up the hair and make a further 5 turns solely around the shank.
  8. Now bring the hooklink back through the back of the eye to finish the knot off.
  9. The result should be that the hook sits at a really aggressive angle.

KD Rig - Video Instructions

Courtesy of Carpology TV.

10. The Blowback Rig

A classic rig, the blowback rig offers excellent anti-eject properties!

A ‘timeless classic’, the blowback rig continues to deliver big fish on the bank!

Although it has changed countless times over the years, its progress from a longshank hook to introducing delicate additions such as using shrink tube as a ‘kicker’, or rig rings, have helped to increase efficiency.

Quick to construct, the blowback rig is one of my favourite because carp find it difficult to eject, and how adaptable it can be.

It doesn’t matter if you use this as part of a snowman presentation, or a single tigernut – it just works!


How To Tie The Blowback Rig

Let’s jump into how to make the blowback rig…

Credit: CARPology Magazine

  1. Start by stripping back about 6-7 cms and proceed to tie a fairly small hairloop. The idea is that I like my hookbait to sit on the knot to prevent  slipping.

  2. Now thread on your hookbait into position.

  3. Slide a rig ring down the hook link, and tie a granny knot. There should be a space of around 1.5cm between hookbait and where you’ve secured the rig ring.

  4. Then, pass the hook through the rig ring and then the hooklength through the eye so that the rig ring sits opposite to the hook point.

  5. Secure using a knotless knot.

  6. Take the shrink tubing and cut, at an angle, about 1 inch. 

  7. Thread this down the hooklength, over the eye of the hook and steam it so it follows the curve the hook – like you’re creating an ‘extension’ of the hook.

  8. Finished! That complete the blowback rig. Remember to leave about 1.5cm between your hookbait and rig ring.

Ready-Tied Rigs

If you struggle to make the most advanced rigs because they are too fiddly, you can buy ready-tied rigs from most tackle brands.

These are slightly expensive, often costing around £2 per rig, but they do save you the hassle of tying your own.

If you can tie your own rigs, then you should, because this will save you money in the long run.

Ready rigs are tied to a high specification, but you won’t be able to adjust the hair!

Below is a collection of some handy ready-tied rigs available to buy.

Korda KD Carp Rig

Available in barbed or barbless hooks in sizes 6, 8 and 10.

Ultra effective, the KD rig creates a brilliant hookhold every single time.

It’s hard to eject due to the protruding hair out of the back of the hook eye, making the hook point heavier.

Works best when used with a slow sinking hookbait.

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Gardner Ronnie Rigs

The Ronnie Rig can be hard to nail down! So thanks to Gardner Tackle, you can buy these handy packs which contain three rigs.

Using sharp Covert Dark Mugga Size 4 and 6 hooks, you can be sure these will be effective!

Tried, tested and resulted in many carp on the bank, they are best used with an ultra-buoyant pop up to hold the rig section up.

Fox PVA Bag Rigs

These awesome PVA bag rigs are great when fishing with boilies and particles.

Featuring Fox Edges Camo Reflex, Wide Gape Beaked Hooks and Aligna adaptor, each pack includes 2 anti-tangle sleeves and 6 boilie extension stoppers.

A dedicated rig for all your PVA bag fishing!

Carp Rig Diagrams

This section will show you various diagrams that could help you build your own carp rigs, rather than following along with a video, or a step-by-step basis.

Images above courtesy of Enterprise Tackle

A great diagram below showing you the various carp rigs.

This will give you an indication to what your rigs should look like!

The Albright Knot is ideal when tying a shockleader to your mainline.

It passes through the rod eyes very easily, and is incredibly strong!

Carp Rigs For Weed

Probably the trickiest to fish in, presenting a rig in weed can often yield the best results.

Canadian Pond Weed
Canadian Pond Weed

This is because many anglers neglect these vital areas of the lake.

It is also an area that many carp feel very safe in, and feed from, because of the natural food weed produces.

Lets discuss some methods and tactics for fishing in weed, including rig selection and bait choice.

Types of Weed

There is good weed, and bad weed.

Good weed looks fresh, and is at its fully blown best in Spring when it has grown.

Bad weed, however, should be avoided. This is weed that looks decayed, or dead.

It is also incredibly difficult to cast a rig into because nine times out of ten, it will just clog up around your lead and hookbait.

Tactics For Fishing In Weed

When approaching a weedy lake, or an area that contains weed, you should first observe everything.

Is it good weed?

Can you see any clear spots, or channels?

What type of weed, and how long or thick is it?

Can you see any activity?

You could climb a tree which can give you a great view of weedy areas, especially good for spotting channels or clear spots.

If allowed, it can pay to rake out your own channel!

Here are some useful tips to fishing effectiely in weed.

✅ PVA Bags are excellent for fishing over weed as the bait breaks down amongst it and you know your rig will sit just right.

✅Use a short hooklink with a PVA bag setup.

✅ Particle is a great bait to use in weed. Carp love to grub around and it is a good tactic to keep them coming back!

✅Crushed boile and pellet can be just as devastating.

✅For thick weed, a critally balanced bait the will sink slowly can make a huge difference. This will sit on top of the weed if set up correctly.

✅If you have to, you could try a float if you line is having prolems sinking properly.

Recommended Rigs For Weed

There are a few carp rigs for weed that would work.

It does depend on the thickness and length of weed, but a naked chod rig would a good place to start.

I would make sure that I was fishing with heavy tackle,  probably opting for 18lb mainline and be sure to drop the lead as this is likely to hinder your chances of landing a carp!


Carp Rigs For Silt

When choosing a rig to fish over silt, there are a few observations to make first.

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The type of silt – glassy looking is good, whilst sticky silt is bad.

Leads can often become buried (in thick silt), so stick with a lighter setup if you can.

We will break down some tips and tactics to help you gain an advantage!

❌ If the silt is sticky – this is a big no no. This means it is full of ‘dead matter’ and debris, and carp are highly unlikely to want to feed in these areas.

❌ Live Maggots. Stick your maggots in the freezer to kill them off because live maggots can quickly disperse off your chosen spot!

❌ Heavy leads can really bury themsleves into silt, perhaps burying your rig hookbait along with it.

❌ Stiff mono line can stick out like a sore thumb, especially if its not straight.

❌ Inline Leads. These can end up been buried too, and bite indication could suffer.

✅ If the silt is ‘glassy’ this is the better stuff!

✅ Silt can produce a lot of natural foods -such as bloodworm that carp will certainly feed off.

✅ Your hook presentation does need to be perfect, it it’s not sitting right, or you’re not hiding your hook, these things can spook carp from your target area.

✅ Squashed boilies can really give you an edge as this hookbait can act naturally as if its been there for a while!

✅ Try and scatter a few pellets in the area, and observe. You may not have to wait to long until you see a milkshake forming in front of you (especially in the margins)

✅Pop Ups and Bottom Baits, especially slows sinkiers will sit nicely over silt.

✅ Light Leads – these won’t bury into the silt, especially if it’s quite thick down there.

✅ Helicopter setup. Again, this is a good tangle free rig and as the lead will hit the bottom first, the heli section will follow and sit over on top of silt.


Carp Care

It's important to return a fish to the water in a good condition.

Take the time to check for any physical damage, or noticeable diseases.

Some venues now insist on carrying a carp care kit with you at all times  – and we agree completely with this!

There not very expensive, and it takes a few seconds to apply.

If you haven’t got a carp cradle already, we highly suggest one!  In fact, we’ve a great guide to choosing a carp cradle to help you out!

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Well fellow anglers, there you have an extensive list of carp rigs that you can make at home!

We hope you enjoyed the variety of rigs on offer, mixed in with some valuable tips & tricks to make your fishing better.

These rigs can be adapted to how you like, such as varying the hooklength or changing the hook size – these subtle changes can and do make the difference on the bank.

If nothing is working, stay positive and think about why that may be.

The fish might of moved away from the area, or just aren’t feeding because of the time of day.

When you do catch on a homemade carp rig, it really is a great sense of achievement. Especially if you’ve put a lot of time and effort (and money) into making sure you’re well prepared on your fishing trip!

Until next time – be lucky!

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