How to tie the Real Ronnie rig

How to tie the Real Ronnie rig

The Ronnie Rig has taken carp fishing by storm, but apparently the version we're most familiar with is not how it all began.

Top all-rounder Martin Bowler is good friends with the actual, elusive Ronnie and is here to show you how to tie the real-deal Ronnie rig. 

Incredibly, the hook is attached using just three 'granny' knots. Intrigued? Read on...


When the 'Ronnie Rig' went viral in early 2017 Martin spoke to his old friend, who informed him there were two crucial differences in the way he ties the rig.

First of all, instead of attaching the hook using a quick-change swivel, Ronnie actually uses a short length of non-slip braid to tie the hook eye to a basic uni-link swivel…using three granny knots.

Yes, you read that right, granny knots!

Martin with his 59lb mirror on the 'three granny knot' rig

Martin with his 59lb mirror on the 'three granny knot' rig

It may sound strange but, as Martin pointed out, Ronnie has caught countless huge carp using the rig and, for that matter, so has Martin himself, having used it in the last 12 months to catch five fish over 44lb to a new personal best of 59lb!

The other difference is that Ronnie uses a small rig ring running on a ‘slip-D’ arrangement to attach his hookbait, rather than having it run directly along the hookshank before being stopped by a hook bead.

Martin explained: “There are a couple of major benefits to doing it the way Ronnie does.

“First of all, using a uni-link swivel rather than a quick-change swivel means there is less metalwork involved, so there is less weight pulling the hookbait down.

“This in turn means that the pop-up will stay buoyant and working effectively for longer.

“Most importantly, the slip-D arrangement Ronnie favours is a far more positive way of mounting the hookbait.

“The hook and the bait can separate properly, and the setup isn’t compromised by the cantilever effect of the bits of metal working against each other.

“With Ronnie’s arrangement, you get more of a direct pull on the hook.

“The first time I used the rig after speaking to him I landed my new personal best of 59lb. I have to admit that when I was playing it, I kept thinking about the granny knots securing the hook to the swivel, but I needn’t have worried.

“Provided you use non-slip braid to attach the hook – that’s absolutely vital – it’s rock solid, and a brilliant rig.”

How to tie the Real Ronnie rig

1) You'll need a size 4 ESP Cryogen Curve Shanx hook, 20lb ESP Tungsten Loaded, tungsten putty, a mini rig ring, shrink tubing, a uni link swivel and non-slip braid (Korda Dark Matter is ideal)


2) Double over your non-slip braid and attach a rig ring. Loop it over the hook


3) Pass the tag ends of the doubled-up section through the back of the eye of the hook


4) Take one of those tag ends and wrap it up the shank like a knotless knot


5) Complete the knotless knot by taking the end you've whipped round the hook back through the eye. Trim that tag end and blob it with a lighter, then slide a section of shrink tube on to the hook as shown


6) Here's the incredible bit. Tie the remaining tag end on to a uni link swivel with THREE GRANNY KNOTS. Keep the hook eye and swivel as close together as possible. It is the braid's non-slip qualities that keeps the knots secure


7) Three overhand knots are all you need, but make sure you keep this portion of the 'hooklink' as short as possible. Trim the tag end


8) Pull the shrink tube down over the barrel of the swivel and use steam or a cup of boiling water to shrink it down. All that's left is to attach your coated-braid boom and hookbait, then mould a bit of putty over the shrink tube to balance the pop-up