Rig Clinic - The Reverse Combi-Rig
One of the things you hear in the US is that you don't need to have fancy rigs to catch carp. For the most part I agree with that, but I also felt I was missing opportunities to catch as a result of my standard rigs. When you focus on catching large fish, runs can be few and far between, so you want to make sure you have the best hook bait and rig you could possibly have.
These issues led me to researching better rigs for where I fish. Many of the areas I fish have a gravel or rock bottom, so I was looking for the best rig for this type situation. I spent time researching articles, forums, and talking to anglers around the world for suggestions. A forum friend of mine from the UK, who fishes gravel pits, suggested that I give the reverse combi rig a shot. I started out testing this rig in May of 2008, and my success in these types of venues has been amazing.
I usually fish this rig on one rod and try other rigs on my other two rods, using similar hook baits and method mixes. My results amazed me. In my trials 70%+ of my fish came on the reverse combi rig even when I switched my rigs/baits around to different areas. I was also finding I was catching on this rig when my fishing partners were blanking next to me. As a matter of fact my first fish on this rig was a 38lb 9oz beauty.
Good luck with this and I hope it works as well for you as it does for me in this type of venue!
How to Tie the Reverse Combi Rig
1. I have tried many types of materials for this rig and my most successful combinations are. 15 - 20lb P- Line Floroclear, 25 lb Technipeche braided hook link, and size 4 Gamakatsu G-Carp A-1 Specialist hooks.
2. Take your stiff material, 20lb P-Line Floroclear, and tie a Surgeons loop knot for the hair loop. Now tie a knotless knot.
3. Wrap towards the curve of the hook. I feel it aids turning the hook for better hook ups. Use the Albright knot to join the stiff material to the braid. Form a loop with the floroclear about 1 to 2 inches from the eye of the hook. I like my total hook length to be about 4 to 6 inches.
4. Pass the braided hook link through the back of the loop.Pinch this with you thumb and wrap neatly around itself and the loops 10 times. Then pass the end back through the loop the same way it entered. Very important!
5. Lubricate pull the knot tight. I usually add a half hitch on the braided side as well. Cut the ends off.
6. For added security I glob the end of the floroclear with a lighter. Once everything is tight I always glue my knot. I have had some knots slip and I wanted some added security.