DARRELL PECK'S WAFTER RIG: STEP 1
All you're going to need to make this rig is some Dark Matter braid and Wide Gape hooks.
DARRELL PECK'S WAFTER RIG: STEP 2
Start by tying a hair loop in the end of the braid, using an overhand knot.
DARRELL PECK'S WAFTER RIG: STEP 3
Thread on a wafter hook bait and secure with a hair stop.
DARRELL PECK'S WAFTER RIG: STEP 4
Now slide a Wide Gape up the link and position it like this.
DARRELL PECK'S WAFTER RIG: STEP 5
Whip it in place using a 12-turn knotless knot.
DARRELL PECK'S WAFTER RIG: STEP 6
Now tie the other end of the link to a Hybrid Lead Clip with a five-turn grinner knot.
DARRELL PECK'S WAFTER RIG: STEP 7
That's it - simple as ever from Pecky.
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Darrell Peck's Wafter Rig Mechanics
I have used this rig on even the toughest of venues and enjoyed plenty of success, in both the UK and Europe. Most of you will probably be using coated braids these days, and I’d hazard a guess that the main reason for this is that you’re paranoid about tangles, which is a fair concern to have. However, I can promise you that I hardly ever suffer from tangles, and although this rig may look overly simple, it’s my first choice when fishing with boilies that are between 18 and 20mm in size.
Starting with the components; when I fish with wafters or bottom baits in either 18 or 20mm, I will always use a size 6 Wide Gape. I have complete confidence in their strength but more importantly they just tend to stay in, even in the barbless version. The hook link is the 20lb Dark Matter Braid, it’s a little thicker than Supernatural because it has extra-heavy fibers wound into it. This not only ensures that the braid sinks like a brick but it also seems to give the braid an element of stiffness, which makes it even less prone to tangling.
Something that I’ve always done is put the bait on the hair first, as this enables me to slide the bait up to the bottom of the bend of the hook, so I can be exact with my hair length. I like to leave a gap of between 5-10mm then whip a 12-turn knot-less knot. 12 turns with these components will leave the hair exiting the knot opposite the point and seems to work best for me. Not whipping level with the point will lead to hair tangles and these will definitely cause hook pulls, so if your unsure, I’d give it an extra turn. Length wise, I tend to fish it 7-8 inches long. I have fished it shorter and longer but this length again seems to work best.
Obviously, with any rig they have to be attached to an anti-tangle lead system in some way and I’d recommend Hybrid Lead Clips or inline leads, helicopters seem to be tangle prone with braid. The real key to the anti-tangle properties is the connection and I don’t use any quick-change clips, unless I’m using PVA. I tie directly to the ring swivel of the Hybrid Clip and the same with an inline. I then finish it off with a matching tail rubber and 12” of the Dark Matter rig tubing.
The four main things that will cause tangles with braided hook links are a light hook bait, a poor Tail Rubber connection, a quick-change hook-link connection and failing to trap the cast and feel the lead down properly. If you can make sure that all of the above about are taken care of, this rig will be absolutely fine.
Learn how to tie the Wafter rig now step by step....
The steps are listed out above by scrolling through the images and we have also laid them out for you below.
Step one: Get what you need ready to make the rig. All you're going to need to make this rig is some Dark Matter braid and Wide Gape hooks as below:
- Dark Matter Braid - find out more about this here: http://www.korda.co.uk/fishingtackle/dark-matter/dark-matter-braid
- Wide Gape Hooks - find out more here: http://www.korda.co.uk/fishingtackle/hooks/wide-gape
Right, let's make the rig!
Step 2: Start by tying a hair loop in the end of the braid, using an overhand knot.
Step 3: Thread on a wafter hook bait and secure with a hair stop.
Step 4: Now slide a Wide Gape up the link and position it as in the picture on the above carousel on 'Step 4'.
Step 5: Whip it in place using a 12-turn knotless knot.
Step 6: Now tie the other end of the link to a Hybrid Lead Clip with a five-turn grinner knot.
Step 7: That's it - simple as ever from Pecky.
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