Ian Russell's Flick Rig

Although it may look a bit strange, Ian swears by this rig - brilliant for targeting large pressured carp.

I’ve tried pretty much every rig imaginable over the years and had considerable success on most of them. When I think about it though, I don’t think any have been as productive as this unique little presentation. This year my fishing has changed considerably and I’ve found myself targeting some pretty tricky venues for some very old, large carp. Since I started using this presentation a couple of months back I have noticed a dramatic increase in the size of carp I’ve been catching. You see, I’ve always managed to catch my fair share of carp, but I’ve always had a habit of catching the smallest fish in the lake. If you put me on a venue with loads of thirties and a handful of doubles, I’d end up catching the smaller ones. I’d always put this down to being an unlucky sod but, since rethinking my approach and tinkering with this rig, I’ve changed my outlook completely. Although I don’t think this rig will necessarily single out the larger specimens, I do think that bigger carp find it much difficult to eject.

I’ve thought long and hard about why bigger fish struggle with the flick rig and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because of the separation between the bait and the hook. Most modern rigs these days seem to revolve round having the hookbait tight to the shank of the hook and, although this undoubtedly works, I don’t think it’s as effective at nailing the bigger fish.

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Ian Russell's Flick Rig

STEP 1

Here are the components you will need to tie Ian's flick rig

STEP 2

Snip off a length of Stiff Rig Filament

STEP 3

Thread the material through an LSK hook

STEP 4

Whip the material down the shank six times

STEP 5

Fix the hook in place using a simple knotless knot

STEP 6

Slide a Hook Swivel onto the material

STEP 7

Pass the stiff material back through the eye on the hook

STEP 8

To fix the Hook Swivel in place blob the material with a lighter

STEP 9

Now tie a size 11 ring swivel to the end of the Stiff Rig Filament

STEP 10

Snip a length of Pin Down hooklink from the spool

STEP 11

Tie the Pin Down hooklink to the ring swivel

STEP 12

Push a baiting needle through a Code Red Wafter

STEP 13

Now thread a length of Stiff Rig Filament through the Hook Swivel

STEP 14

Slide a Code Red Wafter onto the material using a baiting needle

STEP 15

Make sure the tag end sticks out of the Code Red Wafter

STEP 16

Finally, blob the tag ends to fix the Code Red Wafter in place

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