How to tie the Combi rig - A tweak on the classic carp rig

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.

Feed one of our Micro hook ring swivels onto the double over braid

Now tie an overhand loop to contain the micro hook ring swivel

Tighten the overhand loop and bed it down

STEP TWO: Trim the tag end and using a lighter carefully melt and blob.

How to tie the Combi rig: Trim the Tag end to around 5mm in length

using a lighter carefully melt and blob the tag end with

How to tie a Combi rig: Blob the tag end using  lighter

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.

Now feed your braid through the eye of your Duropoint Hook, however, unusually feed it from front to back.

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)

feed the micro hook ring swivel onto the hook,over the point and round to the bend of the hooks

Move the micro hook ring swivel round to the bend of the hook

STEP FIVE: Now whip your soft coated braid around the shank of the hook, anything between 5 -7 turns will be fine

How to tie the combi rig: Now start to whip around the shank of the hook

how to tie the combi rig: once youve whipped up the shank 5-7 times pass the end of the braid back throught the eye of the hook

how to tie the combi rig: Thats the end section of the Combi rig complete

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.

How to tie the Combi rig: now take a length of fluorocarbon, around 9 inches will be fine and fold over around 2 inches at one end

how to tie the Combi rig: Now pass the braided section through the doubled over section you have just created

How to tie a combi rig: pull the braid right the way through the doubled over section of fluorocarbon

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.

How to tie a Combi rig: Now whip the braid around the doubled over section of fluorocarbon, 5-7 turns will be fine

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.

How to tie a combi rig: now whip back towards the hook over the 5 - 7 turns you jut did, 2 or three turns will do

How to tie a Combi rig: Now pass the braid throught the loop of the Fluorocarbon

How to tie a Combi rig: now we just have to tighten the albright knot down

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

How to tie a Combi rig: it's important to moisten your albright knot before bedding down

How to tie a Combi rig: Now tease the albright knot down

How to tie a Combi rig: Using your knot puller tighten the albright knot down

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

How to tie a Combi rig: trim both tag ends to around 5mm

How to tie a Combi rig: using a lighter carefully Blob the tag ends 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.

How to tie a Combi rig: The finished Combi rig with a tweak

How to tie the Combi rig: the finished adaptation of the Combi rig

How to tie a Combi rig: attach your bait to the micro hook ring swivel with a doubled over length of flurocarbon

 

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  • Dominic Doherty