Combi rig

Before coated braids existed, joining a stiff material like fluorocarbon or monofilament to a supple braid was the only way to create a rig with a mix of properties - and many anglers still swear by this presentation. It's perfect for bottom baits and wafters.

The stiff section kicks the rig away from your lead and is difficult for the fish to deal with once pricked. The short supple section means your bait acts naturally and allows your hook to find purchase in the fish's mouth.

Step-by-step guide to tying a combi rig

1) Take a length of supple braid and tie a simple loop knot which will form the hair.

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2) Attach your hook with a standard knotless knot. This is a wide-gape pattern, but long shank and curved-shank patterns are also suited to this rig.

3) Pick your stiff material (fluorocarbon or a tough monofilament) and double over a section of it.

4) Attach your braided hook section to the doubled-over stiff material using an Albright knot. A step-by-step guide to tying this useful knot can be found on our knots page.

5) Moisten the knot as you carefully tighten it down. The resultant join is neat and preserves the straight line of the rig.

6) Mould some putty over the knot to protect it and to help sink your hooklength.

TIP) Fluorocarbons and stiff monos can be wiry and unruly straight off the spool. You can make them arrow straight by running them over a steaming kettle, or by pulling the section between your thumbs and forefingers.