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Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Thinking Man's Chod Rig

The below chod rig configuration uses some well thought out components from Thinking Anglers that may be of interest to those using this popular type of rig.



Note that as is usual, the swivel has been removed from the lead but here it can hinge to allow the leader to lay down when the lead plugs. It is connected via an Oval Clip so lead size can be easily changed.

The Shocker Boom is pushed part-way over the clip and helps to absorb the strains put on the short hook link during the fight reducing the risk of hook pulls.

The Chod Ring Swivel has a large ring at both ends (see picture inset). This not only allows the hook link to rotate and move freely but I find makes them both easier and quicker to tie.

Many anglers use a rig ring to attach their bait to but I much prefer the freedom of movement you get with a micro ring swivel and find it allows the rig to work more efficiently.

As an alternative you can use a heavy fluorocarbon leader/main line instead of leadcore.

Components used:
Thinking Anglers Oval Clip for lead attachment
Thinking Anglers Shocker Boom
Thinking Anglers Oval Beads - 8mm bottom, 5mm top
Thinking Anglers Leadcore – length depends on type of lake bed/desired position of top bead

Hook link:
Ultima Power Stiff 22lb
Thinking Anglers Chod Ring Swivel
Thinking Anglers Rig Putty
Thinking Anglers Hook Ring Swivel for bait attachment
Hook size 4-6 with out-turned eye


New to the Chod Rig?

Chod is a term referring to the debris found on a lake bed such as decaying leaves, and twigs. On these uneven areas there's a greater chance of a 'normal' rig being presented poorly as the hook point/link can become obstructed or snagged rendering the rig ineffective. The Chod Rig will ensure a good bait presentation over these 'choddy' and/or weedy lake beds. They are also used where the nature of the lake bed is uncertain and where disturbance (say of casting a marker float around) is to be avoided. Fishing your bait up the leader, away from the lead and using a highly buoyant pop up allows the rig to settle over whatever is beneath and the hookbait to sit proud of any obstructions.

The position of the beads is key to good presentation and is worth experimenting with. When cast, the hook link will fly up the leader towards the rod tip and will come to rest against the top bead (not shown). Therefore, as a general rule, the thicker the weed or debris the further away from the lead the top bead should be. If the type of lake bed is unknown then position the top bead high up the leader to ensure the bait is well presented. The bottom bead should be positioned so that the hook point cannot come into contact with the lead. Some prefer the rig running but the bottom bead can also be moved closer to the top bead to provide earlier resistance to a hooked fish. If it's not working for you, try moving the beads.

Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

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