How to tie a maggot rig for carp

How to tie a maggot rig for carp

Here’s Dave Levy to show you how to tie a simple maggot rig for carp.

Our step-by-step tying guide is below...

 Simple but one of the best maggot rigs for carp

Simple but one of the best maggot rigs for carp

Dave explains: “I use one that is easy to tie, doesn’t involve threading huge bunches of wrigglers onto floss or suchlike and, vitally, works.

“The sequence of pics will explain how to tie it, but I would just add a couple of cautionary notes.

“First of all, don’t make the rig too long – around 8-9ins is plenty – as there is simply no need for it to be any longer.

“Secondly, always use it pulled through a mesh PVA bag and it’s important you make these up properly.

“Don’t just use maggots, and make sure you pour pellets into one end of the bag.

“This is the end that you pull the hook into and the pellets stop the hookpoint from snagging on any maggots, which can burst them and prematurely melt the PVA.

“The maggots can also mask the hookpoint as well, rendering the rig near useless.

Step 1: Push a fine baiting needle through a grain of red imitation corn, at an angle.

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Step 2: Strip some coating from a length of Ridgemonkey RM-Tec Soft Coated braid hooklink.

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Step 3: Tie a tiny match-style hook to the end of the stripped-back braided hooklink material.

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Step 4: Thread the piece of imitation corn down the hooklink and towards the small hook.

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Step 5: Pull the hook into the corn and then tie on a wide gape hook using a knotless knot.

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Step 6: Pull the small hook back out and thread no more than three or four maggots onto it.

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Step 7: Gently tease the hookpoint back inside the corn without popping the maggots.

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Step 8: Pull the rig through a bag of pellets and maggots and it’s ready to cast out!

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 This Bayeswater common fell to my maggot and plastic corn rig

This Bayeswater common fell to my maggot and plastic corn rig