Tying a hair rig
The art of tying a hair rig is an essential skill for many types of fishing, predominantly when fishing for big carp.
The concept of the hair rig is simple. Suspend your chosen bait away from the hook point, which allows the hook to be sucked into the fishes mouth along with the bait and be free to cleanly hook into the fishes mouth. Previously, Hooked baits would interfere with the hook point and lead to many more hook pulls and missed opportunities.
Hair rig equipment list
- Hook link material
- Sharp scissors
- Bait stop
- Bait needle
- Silicone tubing (optional)
- Quicklink (optional)
- Swivel (optional)
- Take 10 inches of your chosen hook link material. Less (or more) depending on your chosen rig length. 10 inches will be sufficient for approx a 7-inch rig.
- Tie a small figure of 8 loop knot at one end of the hook link. this will form the hair end.
- Attach your chosen bait to the hook link loop using a bait needle and stop. This will allow you to position the bait accurately prior to securing the hair in place.
- Select your hook. Check the point for burrs and ensure the point is sharp. The pattern is completely a personal choice (or that of the venue you are fishing)
- Slide the hook onto your hook link facing away from the bait. Ensure the bait is hanging just below the curve on the back of the hook.
- Take the other end of the hook link, and whip down the shank of the hook as many times as you like. 7 is a good number to hold the hair in place. Ensure you whip away from the hook eye-opening for optimal strength.
- Whip back up the shank a couple of times and re-thread through the front of the hook eye.
- Pull tight using a puller tool, or something improvised.
- Tie another larger figure of 8 loop in the free end of the hook link. You can opt for a swivel or quick link here tied on with a grinner or similar knot. But we prefer simply using another loop knot.
- Pull everything tight again. Do not over tighten as you may stretch the hook link or even bend the hook.
- Thread on your optional silicon sleeve. We like to use one of these to cover up any swivels, knots or quick links when attaching to your mainline.
having trouble visualising the above steps? no problem. Take a look at our ‘how to tie a hair rig’ video
And there we have it, folks. The basic hair rig. A skill which will bring you success whenever and wherever you are fishing for years to come.