<p>A pop up rig that needs no introduction is the mighty Chod Rig; a must in any carp angler’s armoury these days. Over the past few years when using the chod rig I have tweaked and changed a few things on my version of the rig which I think give it an edge over the standard ready-tied choddy. The chod rig is used a fair bit in my own angling and I’d say I use the rig 90 percent of the time considering the circumstances of the bottom. With my angling being on silty old meres, the chod rig is situated high on my list of rig choices. Using the chod rig I can be as stealthy as possible whilst knowing I have presented my bait effectively when casting to showing fish. Within this article I am going to show a few of perceived my edges when using tying my chod rigs that you can use in your own angling.
Here are the components I use to assemble the rig: 25lb Korda Mouth Trap, size six gun smoke Atomic Chodda hooks, and then a small rig ring and a double ring swivel from Thinking Anglers.
First of all, take around 8 inches of your chosen stiff rig material, in my case 25lb Mouth Trap, so that you have enough to work with easily, even if it seems too much for your intended rig length. In my Chod Rig hooklink material I prefer the 25lb of Mouth Trap as the curve in the rig tends to stay well defined and doesn’t open up even when casting long distances repeatedly.
After you’ve taken your section of hooklink, take your chosen hook, I use size six hooks on my chod rigs preferring a bigger hook on pop up rigs, and attach it using a whipping know. I use the whipping knot for my chod rig as this ensures that the section of Mouth Trap exits the hook in a straight line and isn’t kinked over making it slightly offset, which can happen when using the knotless knot.
In my opinion, using the whipping knot on chod rigs is well worth considering as the little extra time and effort it takes to tie it ensures the rig is as well-aligned as it can possibly be. I add around 7 turns with the Mouth Trap when preforming the whipping knot as this is enough turns for the material to bed in properly along the shank but not too many to make the material sit too far down the hook shank.
Next, I take a small rig ring and place this on the tag end at the back of the hook and then take the tag end and pass it back through the back of the eye of the hook creating a D shape on the back of the hook.
When I have created the ‘D’ shaped loop, I snip off the tag end leaving half an inch to ‘blob down’ the end of the hooklink material to ensure that this can’t pass back through the eye of the hook. I do this by heating the material carefully with a lighter and finish this process by tapping the blob with my finger to ensure it is rounded and large enough that it cannot pass back through the hook eye.
Finally I take a Thinking Anglers double ring swivel, which I feel has been a massive edge since I started using them. The amount of movement on the rig is what makes it so effective and with the double ring it is certainly increased. By adding the double ring swivel your chod rig can spin through 360° which means it will rotate to face a fish approaching from any angle so you have a good chance of hooking it.
With the final long tag end of the rig, place the stiff filament through the ring, Then depending on how long you want the rig choose where to position the ring and then proceed to tie a 2 or three turn blood knot in the filament. Don’t worry about the number of turns being too high as the stiff material won’t come undone; to ensure this, blob the tag end with a lighter as before.
The final key to the rig is your hookbait choice. I take a ultra-buoyant cork ball pop up from the CC Moore range, with my personal favourites being the Odyssey XXX or Equinox as I have done well fishing these pop ups over large spreads of the matching bait. Due to the buoyancy of the CC Moore cork ball pop ups these need to be weighted down with the aid of putty and then make the prefect choice for this rig.
By adding a blob of putty to the knot on the swivel of the rig you can counteract the buoyancy of the bait and get the pop up to sink slowly over the mucky choddy bottom, giving you guaranteed presentation. One final edge I have found when using the double ring swivel is to make sure you add a small piece of dissolving foam to mask the point and gape of the hook; this ensures that the hook point can’t wrap round and hook itself on the bottom ring.
I hope you can take a few things from this article and add it to your own fishing and if you haven’t tried the chod rig give it ago and get catching.
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