most important design criteria of any rig is that the carp
can escape from it if the line breaks. Hence a rig is not just
the hook link, it also includes the lead, assuming you are
ledgering. Don’t forget you can present any bait with
a float rig. Last Winter on a syndicate water a friend of mine
was the only angler to catch a carp between November and February
because he used a float fished boilie only 5 metres from the
all the complicated rigs you see in magazines, most carp are
caught on simple rigs. The key is to select the correct length
for the hook link and the hair. I recently fished at Little
Easton and was getting lots of twitches, which by shortening
my hook link resulted in four carp in an hour.
easiest way to tie on a hook and a hair is to use the knotless
knot shown below. Remember to allow for the diameter of your
bait, plus the hinge, when setting the length of the hair.
A 22 mm boilie will need a longer hair than a single grain
of sweet corn. Always make sure the hair comes off the shank
of the hook level with the point of the hook, this gives the
best hooking efficiency.