How to camouflage your leads

How to camouflage your leads

Ian Hirst has a canny way of keeping your leads concealed

Camouflaging our terminal tackle is often a topic of discussion among carp anglers. Hooklinks play a key part, but what about leads?

Many tackle companies have their own version of what they determine to be the ultimate camouflaging style – with many different colours and coatings – but how effective are they?

Wrap your leads in mud and let them dry

Wrap your leads in mud and let them dry

With every lake, river, canal, big pit or commercial venue the bottom will vary and surely no lead can match each of the above venues perfectly, can it? A really effective method of disguise is to use the mud and clay at the water’s edge to cover your lead. Flat pears are best for this. If the mud is fine silty stuff then add some bits of weed to it and once coated leave the leads to bake in the sun, or air dry.

You can alter the shape and increase the weight of your lead by adding clay and mud, and it will provide a brilliant camouflage effect that will match the venue. The mud or clay will cling on to the lead for many hours.

This dried camo lead is perfect for margin fishing. I use them in conjunction with a small hookbait over a bed of the Bait-Tech Parti-Mix and I’m sure it has helped me trip up no less than three 30lb-plus mirrors in a 24-hour session on a day-ticket venue. Give it a go and I’m sure it will give you an edge too.

Proof good concealment works!

Proof good concealment works!