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How to rig a carp stick float

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Neil Spooner reads what is happening on the bottom on lakes – fishing close in with a carp rig down the line – by using a stick float lying flat on the surface.

Here, with clear photos to help you if you’re unsure how to rig up, Neil explains the stages in making his rig.

It brought him a giant result at Layer Pits, Essex! So why not give it a go…

1. Putting on the float

This could not be easier! Simply slide two float rubbers up your line, attach your float (see pictures above).

2. Now on goes the lead

Neil’s complete set-up looks like this – subtle and ready for action. Note the end of the rig… a running lead and a carp fishing hook link.

Neil’s complete set-up looks like this – subtle and ready for action. Note the end of the rig… a running lead and a carp fishing hook link. (Image credit: Angler's Mail)

I like to use the lightest lead I can get away with to avoid any unnecessary disturbance. This is a 1/3oz GURU lead.

I removed the swivel and attached a Kwik link to a Big Eye swivel instead. I fish it free running to increase sensitivity.

Lastly, a shok bead is placed over the swivel for the lead to safely sit against.

3. Neil's end rig

I use one of my tried and tested carp rigs. This consists of a size 8 Wide Gape-X, an Xtra Small Rig Ring, a 10mm length of Shrink Tube, 5 inches of Supernatural finished off with a size 8 swivel. Follow the photo sequence below if you would like to make a rig just like mine…