Well this is the 1st post after quite a while and as it has been a while I thought I would start with another “How to” and this time on a knot that you use so infrequently many anglers forget how to tie it. The knot I am referring to is of course the Arbor knot. As it stands the only use for it is to attach the main line to the spool ( it is not load bearing) but don’t let that put you off. It is quick and easy to tie and packs down nice and small. Some anglers use a load of granny knots or even tape but this knot is far far better as it is small, quick and will not affect your line at all ( unlike tape).
So lets see how to tie it ( click any picture to make it larger) .
Continue reading “Attaching your line to your reel, the Arbor knot”
The KD rig was designed by Kenny Dorsett and my 1st exposure to it was when I was experimenting with a standard knotless knot rig in order to present particles to what I thought were easy to catch carp. I wanted to present the hook in such a way as to hook them differently to how most anglers were catching them due to mouth damage. I thought if I could hook them in a different place I would have a better chance of landing them. A few months later I discovered that I had “re invented” the KD rig. I also originally started to put the weight on the hair ( rather then the hook link) as I normally use PVA sticks and was getting annoyed by moving the counter weight along the hook link every time I attached a new stick. Moving the weight to the hair make the PVA stick sit far far better and eliminated the irritation of loosing the weight at some point ( making your bait sit 6-8″ from the bottom)
The rig is not just for particle fishing but in my humble opinion works best for small baits and it is worth noting that normally it is used with buoyant baits, if you are not using buoyant baits then you can dispense with the weight on the hair. Continue reading “The KD rig”