Dan Bruton gives an insight into using the Multi Rig

Dan Bruton is very successful at catching big carp consistently, and a large proportion of those fall to the same rig, and one which he has complete confidence in.

The multi rig has become very popular in the last few years, as not only is it fairly straightforward to tie, but it is also incredibly effective at hooking fish.

Dan revealed: “Over the last three years my confidence in the multi rig has grown so much that I’d say I use it for 80% of my fishing now.

“Primarily its awesome for hook-ups and if a fish drops its guard and goes for the hookbait, then nine times out of ten it will result in a properly nailed carp. That is exactly what anybody wants from a rig!

“Not only that, the simplicity and ease of use of a multi rig is unrivalled, and after each session or each capture I always change my hook, and this can be done in seconds without the need to change the whole rig.

“Couple this rig with a bait screw and you can have a rod back on the spot in double quick time when windows of opportunity are short. In fact you can have a pop-up on a screw ready to go on the rig when you change the hook.

“As we approach the cooler months, going into autumn and winter, weedy and tree-lined lakes can become difficult for bait presentation as dying weed and fallen leaves can litter the clearer areas and make bottom bait fishing more uncertain.

“By using the multi rig, you can easily adjust how high or low you have the hook section – I generally fish mine quite short during spring and summer whilst fishing clear spots in weed or over particles, but moving into autumn I’ll fish them higher up, more in the region of 2-3 inches to make sure my hook point is away from any detritus. Having a more balanced hookbait is always worth considering when old weed and leaves are about so that the rig settles gently down.

“My multi rig is very simple, I use 30lb N-Trap Soft with a super-sharp size 6 Choddy hook, and at the other end I have a loop and a size 8 QC swivel so that rigs can be changed quickly when needed. That nestles into a lead clip and I finish it off with 12-24 inches of Dark Matter tubing.

“Lead choice depends on the range and type of lake that I am fishing, but I do like square pears when looking for really hard drops as they emit a much better response through to the rod than a distance style lead does.

“Choice of main line is always a personal thing, but lakes do tend to go very clear as the water cools and fish activity eases up, so keeping everything concealed can be the difference between a blank or a successful trip. If I’m fishing a lake with few snags and nothing too nasty then I’ll always reach for Kontour fluorocarbon, but if it’s a bit more hostile, and rules allow, then I’ll use SUBbraid, as both will sit flush to the lakebed.

“The world really is your oyster with multi rigs, as they can fit in with every type of baiting strategy, fished low over tight baiting and particles, or higher up with a wide scattering of boilies. It’s certainly not a rig to be over-looked for the autumn and winter period.”