Ian Russell's Flick Rig
Although it may look a bit strange, Ian swears by this rig - brilliant for targeting large pressured carp.
I’ve tried pretty much every rig imaginable over the years and had considerable success on most of them. When I think about it though, I don’t think any have been as productive as this unique little presentation. This year my fishing has changed considerably and I’ve found myself targeting some pretty tricky venues for some very old, large carp. Since I started using this presentation a couple of months back I have noticed a dramatic increase in the size of carp I’ve been catching. You see, I’ve always managed to catch my fair share of carp, but I’ve always had a habit of catching the smallest fish in the lake. If you put me on a venue with loads of thirties and a handful of doubles, I’d end up catching the smaller ones. I’d always put this down to being an unlucky sod but, since rethinking my approach and tinkering with this rig, I’ve changed my outlook completely. Although I don’t think this rig will necessarily single out the larger specimens, I do think that bigger carp find it much difficult to eject.
I’ve thought long and hard about why bigger fish struggle with the flick rig and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because of the separation between the bait and the hook. Most modern rigs these days seem to revolve round having the hookbait tight to the shank of the hook and, although this undoubtedly works, I don’t think it’s as effective at nailing the bigger fish.