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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

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Slide two float bands onto your mainline…and push in the float. Easy!

Slide two float bands onto your mainline…and push in the float. Easy! (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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This is exactly how your float should sit, laying flat and set just overdepth.

This is exactly how your float should sit, laying flat and set just overdepth. (Image credit: Angler's Mail)

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…

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Components for the hook link end of the rig.

Components for the hook link end of the rig. (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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Slide a Micro RIg Ring onto the hook

Slide a Micro RIg Ring onto the hook (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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Take a length of 18 lb Supernatural

Take a length of 18 lb Supernatural (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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Now whip a knotless knot using 18 lb Supernatural braid, be sure to leave a couple of inches for the hair

Now whip a knotless knot using 18 lb Supernatural braid, be sure to leave a couple of inches for the hair (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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Tie the hair length to the rig using an overhand knot

Tie the hair length to the rig using an overhand knot (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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Form a loop in the end of the braid to which you can attach your bait

Form a loop in the end of the braid to which you can attach your bait (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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Slide a 10mm length of shrink tube over the eye of the hook

Slide a 10mm length of shrink tube over the eye of the hook (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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Shrink the tubing using the steam from a kettle, be careful not to burn your fingers

Shrink the tubing using the steam from a kettle, be careful not to burn your fingers (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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Tie the braid to a size 8 swivel, you want the rig to be around six inches long

Tie the braid to a size 8 swivel, you want the rig to be around six inches long (Image credit: Angler's Mail)
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The rig is now complete and should look like this

The rig is now complete and should look like this (Image credit: Angler's Mail)