Rig Clinic - KD Rig with Karl Haymer


Karl Haymer checks his box of tricks!We have heard a lot about how we need to keep our rigs simple here in the US. "Hear, hear!" to that but as we all know that doesn’t mean we can’t improve on them. I’ve been fishing pop ups for as long as I can remember and the knotless knot has been a staple in my rigs. However, I’ve recently been tying them in a slightly different way which I know has caught on in the carp world. In fact I think it’s called the KD rig in some quarters. The objective to create a fierce angle. Although I have demonstrated this rig with a out turned eye here, I have also used this rig very successfully with the curved shanked Venom X2, which has an aggressively in-turned eye.  This makes the hook catch hold quickly and turn even quicker without the need for shrink tube. 


How it works.......

In the water the bait becomes weightless, or even slightly buoyant, so the rig works as if there is no bait there.  Now the eye is lighter than the rest of the hook, so the point must hang down as the hookbait is drawn into the fish’s mouth, this in turn brings the point closer to the floor of the mouth than with any other critically balanced rig. If I use a very buoyant boilie, I pinch on a small lead shot directly under the boilie to counterbalance the hookbait, making it critically balanced. Think you don’t need rigs like this in the US?  What do you have to lose?  It is a simple rig designed to help you out, and put more fish on the bank. So why wouldn’t you try it? 


Here’s how to tie it

1. Tie small figure 8 loop in chosen monofilament or fluorocarbon, this will be the end of the rig.


2. One of the best tools I have ever bought is a fly fisherman's hook vise, it really makes tying hooks sat home a quick and easy job. This one was about $20, I recommend one to anyone who ties a lot of rigs at home.KD Rig - Couldn't be simpler!


3. Thread line through the hook eye leaving your required hair length.  I like a little bit of separation between my baits and the hook**, I think it helps with the hooking properties of the rig…..


Then make 3 turns around the hook as you would a normal knotless knot…THEN STOP!!


**A quick tip here though, don’t get stuck into thinking that all hair lengths should be the same, there are many time I will have the bait hard up against the hook, and other time I will have a distance of up to 1.5”, so be prepared to change it up.


4. Next – Fold the hair up the hook toward the eye, so your next turns with the line are actually underneath the hair, continue whipping down the hook a further 7 or times, then thread the line back through the eye of the hook as you would with a normal knotless knot.


5. Thread on your buoyant bait, stop it with a hair stop,  piece of grass, toothpick, twig, or any other thing you use in place of these ultra cheap plastic hairs stops!!


BINGO!!!  You have one of the best hooking rigs for buoyant and critically balanced baits out there.


6. Just to show you what the rig looks like with a soft braided hooklength material, here is the same rig tied with Kryston Mantis, using a small imitation boilie with  a lead shot for counterbalance.  It illustrates the aggressive angle well.

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