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A disturbing aspect offering carp fishing in France on a commercial basis is the numbers of carp each year that end up dragging leaders and leads around the lake because carp anglers use unsafe carp rigs.  

A fundamental aspect of carp fishing is the safety of our beloved quarry - the carp. Unfortunately unsafe rigs can lead to carp dying because the tackle used by some anglers does not allow heavy leads to be jettisoned by the carp in the event of the main line breaking. The reasons can be;

*  leaders cannot pass freely through the tail rubbers to safety clips

*  rubbers are pushed onto clips too tightly

*  the wrong tail rubbers to safety clips are used

*  tail rubbers are superglued on

*  leads are tied to clips because anglers don’t want to lose their leads

*  the use of leaders incorporating tungsten putty

Any of these causes can mean that the carp cannot get rid of any of the component parts in the event of the main line breaking... a situation which often leads to death for the carp. And it's so easy to avoid, often simply cutting the tail rubbers at an angle allows leaders to pass freely through them.

So here's a step by step guide on how to construct a safe carp rig. Let's start with the component parts;

Step 1:

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*   Distance lead

*  Tail rubber

*  Clip with tab retained, but cut back

*  Swivel with Q ring

Not to be a buzz kill but this is not a safe rig in the slightest it may have the character of an inline but the chances of this tangling before it comes off the line is very high if you was going to use a safety clip why would you mod it like this when the lead will come straight off as it is not attached to the line in the first place.

BrianD1593 years ago
Disagree. This is not what i would call safe... Flourocarbon leader, leader knot and tail matter how far back you cut it you are risking that rubber jamming against the leader knot. And if that happens you have a big lump of lead jammed on there also as its running on the line. I would not call this a safe rig at all?
chrisfyfe5 years ago
But this method wouldn't dump and get rid of the lead if say you got snagged up, having the lead free running like this could easily damage the fish and could even aid in you losing fish
Interesting rig I used a slack line to catch this one.
edvannatta7 years ago
hi! want this work catfish want tell OK?
fatles7 years ago
Great rig design, trouble is with so many new carpers entering the sport without having any or very little fishing knowledge much of what is shown here may as well be in chinese, a sad situation but true in many cases.
I teach carp fishing and have the idea that as simple as possible is the way to go, trying not to over complicate things to much to new carpers.
The rig I teach is the basic no nonsence rig.
Your hook length between 3"-8" (knotless knot) Mono or braided line eg Snakeskin etc
Tied to a good Quality cheap chinese poundshop purchaces.
large rubber bead pierced with baiting needle threaded on mainline first so a little resistance when sliding the bead up and down the line. shock rig style.
Followed by an inline lead with tail trimed back so it has very free movement.
followed by another large rubber bead..
This is then tied to the hooklength swivel.
On testing every rig out there this was shown to be the safest. in every situation.
this rig works and is only ment for the novice carper as a starting point, and even now after carping for over 32yrs in most situations I still use it regualy here and abroad.
Not taking anything away from the rig you use in any way, in fact out of the many so called safe rigs out there yours is one of the best I've seen, and will give it a go this season.
Angling Lines (author) 7 years ago
Many thanks! We've got lots of great content here (we've been in this business 12 years) so there's lots more I can post - just need the time!