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The hair rig

A guide to the hair rig used in coarse fishing

The hair rig is a method of attaching a bait to the hook without the bait being pierced by the hook.

It is a method devised in the 1970’s and is widely used to catch carp and other large fish with baits that would be impractical to push onto the hook.

Today the hair rig is often used in conjunction with the so-called knotless knot which attaches the bait to the hook and the hook to the hooklink in one go. This is a simple method which is ideal for beginners.


Here are some links to useful articles about hair rigs on external webpages:

Tie the knotless knot at Angling Times

Make a hair rig at

The hair rig at Anglers Mail

Tie the Resetting Ring Rig

The D rig at Korda

The D rig at Angling Lines


Watch videos about hair rigs-

Tying a carp hair rig using the knotless knot:

Tie a hair rig with the knotless knot:

How to tie a D rig:

How to tie a Hair Rig for Carp/Coarse Fishing:

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