IQ D-RIG: STEP 1

Here's the selection of kit that you need to tie the IQ-D-rig.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 2

Start by taking a 14-inch length of IQ fluorocarbon.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 3

Hold the hook between your fingers and pinch a large loop of IQ against the shank, like this.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 4

Take the upper part of the loop and wrap it once around the shank, up towards the bend.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 5

Now wrap around the hook again, but back down towards the eye this time, crossing over the first wrap.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 6

Continue wrapping down the shank.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 7

Pull both ends tight to tighten the barrel of the knot.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 8

Snip off the tag that projects down towards the eye. The rig should now look like this.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 9

Slide a Micro Rig Swivel down the IQ.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 10

Now tie a six turn knotless knot with the long tag, securing the hook like you would normally.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 11

Slide a small Sinker down onto the hook link, positioning it two inches above the hook.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 12

Now set the rig at around nine inches and tie a Link Loop to the other end, using a half-blood knot.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 13

Now mould a small amount of putty around the Sinker.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 14

Pull a wafter hook bait onto a doubled piece of bait floss and tie the tags around a boilie stop to secure the bait.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 15

Trim the tags and blob with a lighter.

IQ D-RIG: STEP 16

The rig is now ready to use!

IQ D-Rig Mechanics

The IQ D Rig came about as a modern way to fish a stiff hooklink that for the first time (for me anyway) offered fantastic separation of the hook and bait whilst keeping the two very close together when first taken.

I have always been aa fan of very aggressive rigs, by this I mean rigs which react very quickly to even the slightest tightening of the hooklink and which have a tendency to 'spring' against the mouth of the fish when taken. The combination of the slightly stiff fluorocarbon and Kurv Shanked hook makes the hook catch hold as quickly as anything I have ever used and the addition of the micro rig swivel further enhances this, it allows the hook to twist into the flesh without having to turn the hookbait, its a tiny change from using a rig ring but I think its another percentage in our favour which can only put more fish on the bank.

The stiffness of the IQ2 allows for a slightly longer hooklink, which means the rig is fish able over bottom debris as well as clean gravel. I have even used it sliding on leadcore on a layer of thick bottom weed to great effect. In normal circumstances I couple it with a lead clip or inline and my new favourite COG lead system, it really suits all lead set ups.

For me the key to its success is a slow sinking bait, this negates the weight of the hook and restrictive nature of the hooklink. It also helps to hide the hook as the bait should sit just above it. I make my own slow sinkers with a mix of bottom bait and pop up mixes, the same can be achieved by moulding cork dust into past, drilling out a bait and plugging it with cork or with a snowman.

I have used this rig for a couple of years now all over Europe, taking fish from every type of lake you can imagine at every range over every type of feed. It’s now my Number One Choice.

After producing the latest Underwater DVD’s it was clear that this rig was by far the most effective when it came to converting pick-ups into landed fish. Although plenty of other rigs scored well, it just seemed that this one worked best. I’m not going to give too much away as all will be revealed in the latest DVD – a real eye opener.

Learn how to tie the IQ D-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: Here's the selection of kit that you need to tie the IQ-D-rig:

- Kaptor Kurv Shank - find out more here: http://www.korda.co.uk/fishingtackle/hooks/kaptor-kurv-shank

- Micro Rig Swivel - find out more about this here: http://www.korda.co.uk/fishingtackle/rig-bitz/micro-rig-swivel

- IQ2 Fluorocarbon - find out more here: http://www.korda.co.uk/fishingtackle/line-and-hook-links/iq2-fluorocarbon

- Dark Matter - find out more here: http://www.korda.co.uk/fishingtackle/dark-matter/dark-matter-putty

- Link Loop - find out more here: http://www.korda.co.uk/fishingtackle/rig-bitz/link-loop

Right, let's make the rig!

Step 2: Start by taking a 14-inch length of IQ fluorocarbon.

Step 3: Hold the hook between your fingers and pinch a large loop of IQ against the shank.

Step 4: Take the upper part of the loop and wrap it once around the shank, up towards the bend.

Step 5: Now wrap around the hook again, but back down towards the eye this time, crossing over the first wrap.

Step 6: Continue wrapping down the shank.

Step 7: Pull both ends tight to tighten the barrel of the knot.

Step 8: Snip off the tag that projects down towards the eye.

Step 9: Slide a Micro Rig Swivel down the IQ.

Step 10: Now tie a six turn knotless knot with the long tag, securing the hook like you would normally.

Step 11: Slide a small Sinker down onto the hook link, positioning it two inches above the hook.

Step 12: Now set the rig at around nine inches and tie a Link Loop to the other end, using a half-blood knot.

Step 13: Now mould a small amount of putty around the Sinker.

Step 14: Pull a wafter hook bait onto a doubled piece of bait floss and tie the tags around a boilie stop to secure the bait.

Step 15: Trim the tags and blob with a lighter.

Step 16: The rig is now ready to use!

The IQ D-Rig is the brainchild of Danny Fairbrass.