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Lead clip

Thom Airs

How to safely set up a lead clip

Originally mass produced by Kevin Nash, the lead clip has become the most popular method of weight attachment in carp angling. These simple devices effectively allow you to fish a 'bolt rig' (a self-hooking mechanism that uses the weight of the lead to prick the fish) with the ability to discharge the lead if the carp becomes snagged.

If you're unsure about their use, follow this simple guide.

Step-by-step guide to using a lead clip

1) Slide your lead on to the 'arm' of the lead clip and into the recess. Some anglers remove the swivels from their leads so the fish feels the weight slightly quicker as they pick up the hookbait, though this can cause the whole rig to sit awkwardly in some instances.

2) Slide your mainline through your rig tubing, the tail rubber (the cone-shaped item on the left) and through the body of the clip. Then push the tail rubber over the clip, trapping the arm to the body to secure the lead in place. Some clips have ridged edges (like this one) so you can alter the force needed for the lead to eject. Do not push the rubber on all the way as this will seriously impeded the lead's ability to come free.

3) Tie your mainline to your swivel (which will then be attached to your hooklink) and slot it into the body of the clip. Many clips are designed to fit a designated swivel size and will hold them tightly, but others (like this one) come with small plastic pegs which anchor the swivel. Push the peg right through the body and swivel so it sits flush to the clip.

4) The lead clip in action. If the lead is snagged, or the fish shakes its head vigorously, the force of the lead will see it slide along the arm of the clip and push through the tail rubber. Safe and simple.