How to Make Carp Fishing Rigs (It’s so easy!)

Fishing is one of the most entertaining and rewarding outdoor activities there are. When it comes to fishing in freshwater bodies, such as lakes, streams, rivers, ponds, etc., one of the most popular fish to be caught is the Carp. This is due to its abundance, as well as the challenge associated with catching this certain kind of fish. In order for you to effectively do so, one of the most important things you have to consider is making carp fishing rigs, as it is impossible to go fishing without it, for it is what you submerge at the bottom of the ocean. This article is going to teach you the right way of creating carp fishing rigs to ensure you that you’ll get a good catch.


Things You Need

Fishing Line

Fishing Line

It’s common knowledge that there are several kinds of materials used for fishing lines. When it comes to making carp fishing rigs, you have to set apart some fishing line material to serve as the link from the hook to the main line. These materials could be Monofilament, which allows for a strong knot while keeping visibility under the low water. You could also make link hooks with Fluorocarbon lines, which sink faster and do not absorb water at all. This material is widely preferred by anglers.

Other materials you could utilize for the link hook is the braid, which is basically polyethylene strands that are fused. The only disadvantage about this one though is that it is susceptible to fading of colors, as well as abrasion, this material is visible under water, and could tangle quite easily. In terms of quality, therefore, while all these types could be used as Hook Links, the Monofilament Variety is best for you.



This swivel serves as the link between the hook to the main fishing line. It is usually made of metal and has loops on both sides. These are usually less than an inch in size. Common examples of these swivels include the flexi ring, quick link, micro swivel, big-eyed, and rolling swivel, which could be determined by the shape and/or configuration of the loops.

In making carp fishing rigs, the size 8 is the best choice for you to make, as small ones would mean less knotting. It’s important to remember that the swivel you are to use should be as reliable as it can be, as this serves as the final link between the main fishing line and the rig itself which the carp would eventually catch.

Hook Of Your Choice

Hook of Your Choice

This is the single most obvious and most important material you have to secure. The reason for this is that the hook is where the carp would be biting on. There are several sizes of hooks, and it’s implied that bigger hooks are for the bigger varieties. If you’re a beginner, the best sizes would be those ranging from a size 2 to a size 8. There are 4 kinds of hooks you could choose from.

The most common kind is the inward-facing eye hook, which allows for an easy turn. If you’re making the knotless knot & braid kind of rig, then this is a great choice. For a stiff kind of rig, the Upward Facing Eye is the perfect one for you as it would keep straight. For fishing on the top, the straight hook is best. If you target the large carp, on the other hand, it’s best that you get shank hooks. The reason for this is simply because they are effective at hooking carp.

Smaller hooks penetrate better because they are sharper, and are less visible for carp when they try and get the bait. Bigger hooks, on the other hand, are stronger.

Bait And Supporting Materials

Bait and Supporting Materials

In order to attract the carp to your rig, you would need something to lure them in. This is exactly what baits are for. There are just so many kinds of food you can make use of for this particular purpose. Your choice would greatly depend on the season, as well as your personal preference. There are just so many materials you can use, with the most popular of these being Sweet Corn, as it’s both effective and inexpensive. Specialized Fish food, as well as worms, and cherry tomatoes are effective as well. The most popular bait for carp would be those that make use of real food, in contrast to other materials.

Apart from bait, you would want some bait needles to effectively secure the bait of your choice to the rig, as well as a bait fastener. This device would allow the bait of your choice to be fastened to the rig. You have the option of not using it, however, if you are going to attach the bait to the hook directly, the possibility of you losing the bait, or having it separated would be larger.


Prepare Your Hook Link Material

Prepare your Hook link Material

This is regardless of whatever wire that it is you choose to use. Whatever fishing line material you choose to use for your hook link, make sure that it measures anywhere between 4 to 10 inches. Should you decide on using the braided line (here is my review for some good braided line), remove a little bit of the top coating. Afterwards, take this section and then from here, create an overhand loop. For other materials, you could make use of other parts as there would be no peeling of any sort required.

Prepare The Bait

Prepare The Bait

Get the bait of your choice, and thread it directly onto the material with the baiting needle. To make sure that it does not fall off while under the waters, install the bait fastener while you are tying the rig. This is dependent, however on the kind of bait that you decide on using. Thin meats could just be threaded directly. Some baits would be easier to handle than others. Soft, processed meats which carp love are more difficult and are more prone to getting lost or falling off. This makes it ideal for clear rivers, and for shallower depths. Cherry Tomatoes and Corn would be safe and affordable bets for your bait, nevertheless and would be ideal for deeper places.

Obtain Desired Measurement For Hook Link

Obtain Desired Measurement for Hook Link

The next step for you in preparing your fishing rig for carp would be to thread the hook link into the hook eye, and from here make the desired measurement. Just make sure that the line that you use is not any shorter than the hook’s over-all length. Once this is done, rotate the tag end around for as few as 5 to as many as 8 times, while maintaining the desired hair length around the hook shank. Keep them as near as they are with each other, but don’t allow the ties to overlap. This would allow for a more sturdy and more stable connection.

Tighten And Make The Final Adjustments

Once this is done, get the tag end and push it through the eye of the hook, and give it a slow pull to tighten it. Once you’re finished with this step, you’re officially done with your carp rig! If you wish to reinforce your rig, then it’s a good idea to affix some shrink tubing over the hook’s eye. This would safeguard the hook’s eye from coming in contact with grass and other materials of sea elements which could cause the entire rig to be removed altogether.

Tighten and Make The Final Adjustments

Another form of adjustment that you can make would also be to bend the shrink tubing, giving it a curve that’s much sharper, and thus elevating the angle of hooking. This would enable you to get a better chance of catching fish, as they would least likely be able to escape whenever the hook angle is elevated.

Affix The Rig To The Swivel

Affix The Rig To The Swivel

The swivel serves as the main connection between the main line and the rig. Make sure to affix the main line to the swivel on one end, and the rig on the other end. Tie it up and make knots that are as secure as secure can be to prevent it from falling off or getting untied by itself the moment it’s being cast into the water. After this, you’re now free to begin looking for carp!

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Carp fishing rigs are, indeed, not difficult to find or make. Making it the right way, however, is important, given that how these fishing rigs are made would either make or break your entire fishing experience. Moreover, make it a point to study the behavior of the carp wherever it is you may be fishing, given that not all bait may be liked by these carp.

It is also important for you to determine the carp sizes you want to end up capturing, as this would also determine the kind of hook that you would be using. The larger the hook, then the bigger the fish that it’s able to catch. Lastly, beyond the carp fishing rigs, make sure that other elements of fishing are kept in check as well.

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Lucas Bryant

Hi, I’m Lucas Bryant and fishing is one of the most important parts of my life. I usually go fishing with my friends and have many fishing competition. That why I like to research and create many tips to get more fishes to win a race. I hope my experience will be useful for you.

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