How to tie the Combi rig - A tweak on the classic carp rig
The Combi rig is a classic time served rig that has been the downfall of many big carp over the years. Traditionaly the rig will have a rig ring and hair on the back of the hook shank. With the more recent addition of Micro hook ring swivels to most anglers armoury we show you how to tie a Combi rig with a little tweak that we feel increases the effectiveness of the rig by allowing the hook and bait to move independently of each other.
What you'll need to tie the tweaked 'Combi rig' :
Some Fluorcarbon hooklink material, we prefer a 15/20lb B/S version. Some supple braid, 15/20lb bs will be ideal. Some of Our Duropoint Curve shank or Wide gape hooks and some of our Micro hook ring swivels.
Tools for the job:
Scissors, Lighter and knot puller tool
STEP ONE: Cut around 6 inches of your chosen supple braid hooklink and fold back around 1.5 inches at one end. Feed the micro hook ring swivel into the doubled over section and then tie an overhand loop to contain the swivel.
STEP TWO: Trim the tag end and using a lighter carefully melt and blob.
STEP THREE: Now feed, the braid hooklink through the eye of the hook, however unlike normal feed it through so the braid exits the back of the eye like below.
STEP FOUR: Now feed the micro hook ring swivel onto the hook, over the barb and round until level with the bend of the hook like so. (Note the braid is on the inside of the shank rather than the outside as would normally be the case)
STEP FIVE: Now whip your soft coated braid around the shank of the hook, anything between 5 -7 turns will be fine
STEP SIX: Now take around 9 inches of your fluorocarbon hooklink and fold over around 2 inches at one end like below, next pass the braided end section you created earlier through the doubled over section of Fluorocarbon. Make sure to get the hook as close to the fold in the fluorocarbon as you can, this will keep the supple end section of the finished rig quite small.
STEP SEVEN: Holding the hook and fluorocarbon loop between your left hand thumb and forefinger whip the supple braid around the doubled over section of Fluorocarbon. Between 5 and 7 Turns will be sufficient. Try to keep the whipping turns close together and fairly tight.
STEP EIGHT: Now whip back over the top of the previous whipping towards the hook, 2 or 3 turns will do the job nicely. Then pass the tag end back through the loop of the fluorocarbon.
STEP EIGHT: Moisten the knot, then tease it down with your thumb and forefinger. Once you've done this use your knot puller tool to fully tighten the knot
STEP NINE: Trim the tag end of both the Fluorocarbon and braid to about 5mm, then using a lighter carefully melt and blob them against the knot
Now all that's left to do is attach your chosen hookbait, we like to use a piece of doubled over fluorocarbon for the hair. and set the bait around 2mm away from the micro hook ring swivel as below. Then simply attach the other end of your rig to your swivel.
- Dominic Doherty