How to tie the Reverse Combi rig - in twenty steps

How to tie the Reverse Combi rig - in twenty steps

The reverse combi rig is a fantastic alternative to the Hinged stiff rig. Many anglers are looking for a subtle low sitting pop up rig hence the current popularity of the Ronnie rig. The reverse combi rig performs similarly to both the Hinged stiff rig and Ronnie rig but has the ability to be tied with very short end sections which has be presented very close to the lakebed if so desired.

The reverse combi rig underwater, tied with our size 5 Duropoint chod hook


What you'll need to tie the Reverse Combi rig:

Some Bristle filament / Chod Filament. Some coated braid,One of Our Chod or Curve shank hooks along with one of our Bait attachments, We'll be using a Micro hook ring swivel but you can also use a rig ring screw or Rig ring.


Tools for the job:

Scissors, Knot puller x 2 and a lighter.


STEP ONE: Take a 7 inch length of your chosen bristle filament & one of our Chod hooks, a Size 5 is perfect for 14/15mm popups pass the bristle filament through the eye so that there is around 40mm at the back of the hook.

Take one of our Duropoint Chod hooks, We're using a size 5 Here

Pass your bristle filament through the eye of your Chod hook so that you have around 40mm at the back

STEP TWO: Clamping the 40mm length of B/F along the back edge of the shank of the hook with your Left hand( if you're right handed) use your right hand to start whipping the B/F up the shank of the hook going anti clockwise.

Start to whip the Chod filament up the shank of the Chod hook going anti clockwise

STEP THREE: For a Size 5 hook we recommend whipping up the shank around 8 or 9 times, For a size 6 hook, 7 or 8 and for a size 8 hook 6 or 7 times

Whip up the shank of the  size 5 Chod hook 8 or 9 times

STEP FOUR: Carefully adjust your grip to pinch the whipping you have just completed to prevent it unravelling. Now pass the long length of Bristle filament through the eye from back to front. Pull it all the way through then use your knot puller tool to tighten

Pass the long length of chod filament through the eye from back to front

and use your knot puller tool to tighten

STEP FIVE: Thread the Micro hook ring swivel onto the line at the back of the hook

thread your chosen bait attachment onto the hair

STEP SIX: Now take the end of the line onto which you have just slid the micro hook ring swivel and pass it back through the eye from back to front. Pull it right the way through so that the "D" Is closed right up then trim the line where it exits the eye to about 5mm long.

Pass the hair back through the eye of the hook from back to front

Trim the tag end to about 5mm in length

STEP SEVEN: Using your lighter carefully light the tag end that you have just created and flatten it with your thumb before it reaches the eye of the hook, it may help to bend the rest of the line out of the way before you do so. With this done grab the micro ring swivel and use it to pull to "D" into shape.

Blod the tag end being careful not to damage the rest of your hooklink.

STEP EIGHT: Now create a simple overhand loop in the bristle filament

Now create a simple overhand loop in the bristle filament

STEP NINE: Tease down your overhand loop until it is almost but not completely closed up. The position of the overhand loop in relation to the hook will determine the height at which your pop up will sit above the lakebed. If you're after a really low sitting pop up rig then aim to get the overhand loop around 10mm from the eye of the hook. In our example the knot is around 35mm from the eye.

Tease down your overhand loop, the distance of the almost closed loop from the eye of the hook will determine the height the hook will be off the lakebed

STEP TEN: Now take your length of coated braid and using your coated braid stripper tool remove around 60mm of coating from one end.

Remove around 60mm of coating from one end of your length of coated braid

60mm of coating has been removed

STEP ELEVEN: Now holding the hook section you made earlier in your right hand(assuming you're right handed) feed the stripped end of the coated braid through the overhand loop you created in the bristle filament. It is important to note the braid should go through the loop the same way the Bristle filament exits the loop(see below) it is also important to note that the entire section of bare braid has gone through the loop plus a couple of millimetres of the coated braid too.

Feed the full 60mm of bare braid through the overhand loop plus a couple of millimeters of the coated braid.

STEP TWELVE: Holding both the bristle filament and coated braid securely just behind the loop with your left hand now you're going to whip the bare braid up the bristle filament towards the hook six or seven times with the right hand. We're trying to keep the whipping quite close together like so

Start to whip the bare section of braid up the Chod filament going clockwise

Six whips up the chod filamet towards the hook

STEP THIRTEEN: With the six whips up the bristle filament complete its time to whip back down over the top of these a couple of times towards the overhand loop and then through the overhand loop the same way as the coated braid and bristle filament. This is easiest if you pinch the uppermost whip and bristle filament between the thumb and forefinger of your right hand as below.

Pinch the uppermost whip and bristle filament in your right hand and whip a couple of times back down towards the loop

Two whips back down towards the loop over the top of the previous loops

STEP FOURTEEN: Now put your hook on the Knot puller tool and grab the other end of the bristle filament with a pair of pliers and pull until the Overhand loop is completely closed up tight.

Now using a knot puller tool and a pair of pliers tighten the overhand loop you made in the bristle filament

STEP FIFTEEN: Keeping the hook on the knot puller tool now it's time to tighten up the whipping. Take the long length of coated braid in your left hand and pull, the Mahin knot will start to tighten up. Its done once it cannot be tightened any further and has a conical shape.

Now tighten up the mahin knot by pulling the long length of coated braid

The mahin knot, tightened down a key part of the reverse combi

STEP SIXTEEN: Trim the tag ends of the mahin Knot. Now fold the long coated braid out of the way and carefully use a lighter to blob both tag ends and extinguish with a wetted finger.

Blob the tag ends of the mahin knot with a lighter and your wetted thumb

Blob the melted tag end with a wetted finger

The finished mahin knot, with tag ends blobbed

STEP SEVENTEEN: Now steam the bristle filament into the desired curve, we like a very slight curve on our reverse combi rigs.

Steam the chod filament section of the reverse combi into shape

STEP EIGHTEEN: Take the required amount of tungsten putty, roll it into a ball before flattening between your thumb and forefinger like so.

roll the required amount of tungsten putty into a ball

Flatten the tungsten putty between your thumb and forefinger

STEP NINETEEN: Take your rig and push the Mahin knot into the flattened Tungsten putty before moulding the putty into a pear shape around the knot like so.

Push the mahin knot into the tungsten putty

Now mould the putty around the mahin knot

The tungsten is moulded into a pear shape

STEP TWENTY: Job done, all that's left to do is to attach your rig to the appropriate swivel for the lead arrangement you'll be using and add your hookbait as below.

The finished reverse combi rig

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  • Dominic Doherty