SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 1

These are the bits that you'll need to construct the soft hinge rig.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 2

Peel off ten inches or so of Mouth Trap.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 3

Thread on your hook and form a loop against the shank, like this.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 4

Now whip the tag that projects up towards the bend back along the shank.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 5

Once you've made six turns, tuck the tag back up through the loop, like this.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 6

Moisten, then ease the knot down tight.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 7

Now tie a size-eleven ring swivel onto the link, using a two-turn half-blood knot.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 8

Pop a rig ring onto the tag and tuck through the eye, then blob to form the D.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 9

That's it, the chod section is done. Put a gentle curve in the filament.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 10

Now pull off a few inches of Supernatural braid.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 11

Tie the braid to the ring of the ring swivel, using a grinner knot.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 12

Now ease a Sinker onto the braid, like this.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 13

Setting the hinge at under two inches, tie a second size-eleven ring swivel to the braid.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 14

We recommend trying the link set at about 1.5 inches.

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 15

Mould some Dark Matter putty around the chod swivel eye to balance your hook bait..

SOFT HINGE RIG: STEP 16

There you have it, it's a variation on a fabulous rig that doesn't get used much, so give it a try.

Soft Hinge Rig Mechanics

This chod variant has a supple braided 'boom' that allows for extremely free movement. The soft hinge allows the rig an inch or two of 'play', so that when sucked in it can fly further back into the carp's mouth. This can secure better hook holds and is especially useful when deployed on lakes that have seen overuse of the conventional chod rig.

The soft hinge rig combines all of the anti-eject and hook qualities of the conventional chod rig, but it allows the rig to move as if untethered. This means that when a carp sucks at it, it can move up, like the chod MKII, taking the fish by surprise.