The D-Rig is a great way to present a freely moveable bait. It is often utilised well in the Chod Rig which is well suited to fishing in deep silt or weed. Rather than mounting the bait on a hair, the chosen bait is tied to a rig ring, which is free-running, on a small loop of line shaped like a D, hence the name.
Start the rig in a similar way to a knotless knot, but without the loop on the end of the hair. This rig is best used with a fluorocarbon style hooklink.
Run the line through the eye of the hook leaving about 2cm to use to make the ‘D’.
Whip the line down the hook in the normal way about 5 or 6 times and pass it back through the eye of the hook.
The next step is to make the ‘D’. Place a small rig ring onto the tail end of the line that usually makes the hair.
This is then passed through the eye of the hook (from the back) creating a D shaped loop.
When you have pushed enough through to make a ‘D’ of a suitable size as shown, take a cigarette lighter and slowly burn the tail end down to stop it from pulling back through the eye.
You can now bait the rig by tying on your desired bait (usually a pop-up boilie) using baiting floss. The bait is now free to move along the length of the ‘D’ allowing a very natural movement.
All that is left is to finish your rig by attaching either a swivel or a ringed-swivel (used for the chod rig) and you’re ready to go.
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