Equipment for snags and rocky bottom

In addition to fixed mounting on classic jig heads and articulating lures with eared weight heads, other types of rigs are also widely used in jig fishing. I will tell you about my version of a rig for fishing in a dead snag. My old friend in spinning fishing on the Oka River Dmitry Karpov from Serpukhov knows very well the catching points and knows how to fish in local conditions. In 2003, I saw in his arsenal the simplest version of the rig, which will be discussed. It was a piece of steel wire with a sliding bulk weight-olive and coarse twists at the ends, to one of which was attached a bait on an offset hook. Dmitry used this rig in places with strong currents and rocky bottom, where the consumption of baits for rigs with conventional weight heads was too high.

While testing this rig, I became convinced of its high efficiency. However, I was not satisfied with the shape of the load and the quality of the twists: by that time I had been making leads for spinning fishing from steel wire of a completely different quality for several years. Having decided to modify the rig, I started by selecting the optimal shape of the load. The bulk olive used by Dmitry had very good flight characteristics, but it did not always pass through the snag and between the stones. After going through all the types of sliding weights available to me at that time, I settled on the narrowest olive. It was one and a half times smaller in diameter and twice as long as the original version. Thanks to this shape of the sinker, the rig began to better pass strong snags and blockages of stones at the bottom. Since the longitudinal cross-sectional area of ​​a long olive is larger than that of a compact one, the bait with it sank noticeably more slowly to the bottom. At the same time, the range of the rig practically did not decrease.

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Fishing with a new version of the rig has confirmed its high efficiency in snags. At the same time, some of the weaknesses of the materials I used came to light. So, the twist of steel wire inside the sliding sinker rusted very quickly, and the sinker itself, made of soft lead, broke very quickly against underwater obstacles. These minor flaws could go unnoticed at all if the rig did not last as long as a regular steel leader, but it was difficult to pull it off even on purpose. To eliminate these shortcomings, I started looking for other components. At first I managed to find a suitable weight: it was a sliding sinker “bomb” from the “Jiga” company. The sinker is made of hard lead alloy, which prevents damage from driftwood, shell rock or remnants of reinforced concrete structures at the bottom. Another useful quality of the lead alloy sinker was revealed: during the bite, it does not get stuck in the mouth of a predator, which makes it possible to perform an effective jogging with an offset hook. Now “Jiga” produces “bombs” weighing from 3.5 to 21 g in increments of 3.5 g and from 28 to 56 g in increments of 14 g.

Then the wire was replaced in the tooling. For several years I could not find the right one until I came across a very curious material – Stainless Steel Leader Wire from American Fishing Wire (AFW). He came across to me quite by accident while searching for leash material for microjig and microbloolers. Taking a sample of several diameters of this wire, I quickly became convinced of its high working qualities when used for leashes for small baits, and in the future – and in general for any. This leader material is a brown camouflage coated stainless wire that is hardened to resist twisting. AFW currently offers wire diameters from 0.27 to 0.78 mm with breaking strengths from 12 to 109 kg, respectively. Each package of wire contains a coil weighing 114 g, and its length naturally depends on the diameter. I use AFW wire to make leads, non-snag rigs, lure inserts and other elements.

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After all the improvements, I began to purposefully offer the equipment to my friends for testing in order to cover the possible conditions of use as widely as possible. I also needed to know if they would notice one feature in the rig that I found very unpleasant. The fact is that during a sharp power cast or bottom wiring with sweeping swaying of the tip of the rod, the “bomb” moving freely along the wire periodically got stuck at the top twist, which spoiled all the wiring. When she slid down to the bait with a clear, ringing blow, every time I could not resist a convulsive sweep.

After rather tight testing at the Rybinsk Reservoir, my friend Yuri Tolpinets and his travel companions highly appreciated the work of the rig in those Rybinsk snags, which they previously could not fish for, since they used classic weight heads with an offset hook. Yuri also tested the rig more than once on the channel to them. Moscow and was convinced that even on a very rocky bottom, it significantly reduces the number of precipices and allows you to fish where he usually did not even try.

However, none of those who tested the rig noticed the peculiarity of its operation that alerted me – the occurrence of jamming of the load in the upper position. However, after I drew their attention to this, they agreed that there really is such a drawback. It was corrected by installing black dense rubber stoppers on the wire, usually used in float fishing and having a fairly high wear resistance. Despite the high resistance of the stoppers, two to four of them are required to keep the “bomb” in the lower part of the rig even with a power cast.

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It is this brought version of the non-engaging rig that I consider it possible to offer the readers so that they try it and in practice become convinced of the effectiveness of both the rig itself as a whole and the changes made to its original design.