The Long Rig - Myles Gibson

In this piece, Myles Gibson talks about a rather unique looking rig of his. It’s not your average presentation but it’s something Myles has built up a lot of confidence in over the years. His rig ideas are very interesting and being very much a thinking angler, the rigs Myles uses are for more than just a piece of hook and line.

“I have always been quite particular about my rigs, it was drilled into me when I started out and since then it has always been important to me. One of the main ideas behind the construction of this presentation is that it’s extremely hard to eject, due to its length at the hook end.

My thinking is that if the hooks shank has been extended, it can only exit the mouth in the same way that it went in. A hook on its own can twist and turn within the mouth quite easily but if you extend the shank then it can’t. Like I said, the only way the rig can exit is for it to go out as it went in and as this happens, the weight beneath the hook section is going to pull that hook home. The bigger the mouth, the bigger the extension of the shank – I don’t want it to be able to rotate in a full circle, if it can then it can be blown out backwards and will have a slim chance of hooking the fish. The last thing I want is to wait long periods of time for my target fish to the pick one of my rigs up, only to spit it straight back out again.

With this bottom bait arrangement, I will generally use a snowman style presentation, which in essence, is a large bait. At times I will also create a small gap between the baits too; Increasing the bait size, the amount of baits and the size of the gap between the baits will make the whole thing that little bit harder to eject.

The whole idea behind this rig, and a few others that I use, came from a good friend of mine, he used to use long pieces of PTFE tubing over on Redesmere, a long time ago. I often saw him use the tubing in very long lengths, up to four inches at times. At first it looked a bit crazy but once you spoke to him and then looked at the results he had, it became a lot easier to get my head around and before long I was tinkering about with the idea myself. It became crystal clear that the length of the hooks extension pretty much dictated how far back the hook was seated and generally it would be the full length of the extension. This was something I liked, for obvious reasons.

This bottom bait presentation was a big success for me from the word go and it was then that I started to think about applying the same attributes to a pop-up rig. At first I was just using the same rig for both pop-ups and bottom baits, with a pop-up I would simply mould some putty around the base of the tubing. From this presentation I then developed the pop-up rig further into what is now my favourite pop-up rig.

The anti-eject properties of the presentations are second to none and it is this that makes them such effective hookers of carp. I sit behind my rods confident that when a carp does pick up my hook bait, it’s getting nailed. This is something that very few rigs have to offer, give it a go, I’m sure you wont be disappointed.”

Myles Gibson