There is an opinion that carp snap - too tricky thing. They are difficult to understand, it is even more difficult to knit, and finding yourself for the first time in the carp department with hundreds of types of “little things” for them, you can go crazy at all. Of course, there is some truth in this, but our task is to understand in advance what is necessary for what, especially since this is “what” - our favorite common carp.
The preparation of this material coincided with my own training camp on the Volga, so everything that you see below is not an “order”, but represents real equipment for catching Volga monsters. The most simple and proven.
At the very beginning I want to clarify what exactly we will consider as a snap for catching carp as such, or rather, a combination of which elements. The first is a leash with a hook and hair for attaching the nozzle, which is the most practical way to use boilies on the Volga. The second is a sinker, which provides self-notching of the fish and having, thanks to the clip, the ability to unfasten from the equipment in the event that a break occurs. This is necessary so that the descended carp is in maximum safety. Indeed, with a leash in the mouth the fish will be able to live on, but hardly with a sinker. And the third is anti-twist. It should not only protect the rigging from tangling during casting and splashing, but it is also intended to protect the last centimeters of the main fishing line or shock leader from possible cuts on the shell and erasure.
As I mentioned above, currently in our country there are a huge number of goods, English and not only companies producing carp equipment. Naturally, each of them seeks to offer carp farmers the maximum assortment of the much-needed “small things”, but recalling the 20/80 principle of Wil Fredo Pareto, one can easily say that no more than 20 percent of what is really needed for productive fishing is there. Well, for catching the Volga monsters from them - one fifth. Therefore, without going into details and descriptions of the whole variety, I will tell you what we specifically need for the manufacture of equipment for catching carp.
The most popular materials for leashes are woven in a protective sheath. One of the few, durable, wear-resistant, holding knots and also camouflaged, I would call ACE Camo Core. By the way, the emerging ACE products, designed by a real carpman with a capital letter Max Cottus, deserves the closest attention, especially since the price-quality ratio is simply amazing!
I took the following hooks: Drennan Continental Boilie Hook No. 2 for boilies with a diameter of 18–20 mm and Haybusa number 4/0 for boilies 24–26 mm. We also need a silicone tube with an inner diameter of 0.75–1 mm (depending on the thickness of the hook), stoppers for boilies and swivels.
The order of manufacture of the leash is as follows: we cut off 35–40 cm of the leash material, remove 10–12 cm of the protective sheath, tie a small loop at one end with a simple “grandmother's” knot, cut off the extra tip, use the needle to put on the required size boil and set the stopper. On the other hand, we put on a piece of a silicone tube 3-4 mm long, thread the hook forward with a sting, measure the required hair length, thread the free hard end of the lead material into the hook ear, make 6-7 revolutions around the forearm towards the hook bend and pass back to ear, a little tightening. This node is called "no-node".
Now, depending on the chosen method of fastening (blind on the swivel or removable through the clasp), we tie the corresponding swivel or knit a loop at the end, after having put the cone tap on the leash. We glue the knots with quick-drying glue - and the leash is ready. The leash length will thus be 15–20 cm, which is quite enough for the Volga. For greater confidence in the detecting ability of the leash on the hook ring, you can put a heat shrink tube 1.5–2 cm long. If you didn’t have one, you can do otherwise — do not remove the protective cover from the hook ring above.
Sinker and fasteners
Of the existing types of fastening of the sinker, most often I use the side on a safe clip. This is dictated not only by the desire to protect the fish as much as possible, but also by two more factors.
Firstly, in most cases, after biting, a sinker from such a clip flies and does not interfere in the process of fishing to raise the carp more quickly to the surface, without allowing it to rest against the brow.
Secondly, the clip allows not only to change the sinkers of different shapes and weights, but also to use several at once in case of delivery of equipment at a greater distance from the coast. The shape of sinkers for the current can be different, but the main condition is to “keep” the equipment for the carp in the current as much as possible. Weight depends on the fishing distance, the strength of the current and, of course, on the power of your rods. I use loads weighing from 4.5-6 ounces when fishing in low currents to 8-10 ounces on estrus more serious, respectively, and I use two sets of fishing rods for the Volga. Of the clips, I prefer the following: from Armaled, in which the swivel is latched in the body due to the design of the clip, and from ACE, in which the swivel or clasp is fixed with a chop.
Undoubtedly, the best anti-twist in terms of abrasion resistance and low cost are tubes. The only drawback is the difficulty of threading a wet shock leader in them. But everything is not so bad in this matter! The problem can be solved in advance by letting dry shocks into the tubes in the right amount while still at home and storing these “kits” on the same reel. However, many anglers on long winter evenings in a longing for fishing knit anti-twist and other species, the so-called leadcore. Lidkor is a hollow braided material with a different breaking load (30-60 libres) with a lead wire core, which makes it stiff and presses to the bottom so as not to frighten the fish that approached. The process of knitting anti-twisting of these materials is described in detail in the instructions attached to them, so it makes no sense to describe it.
The only thing worth mentioning is that, in addition to the material itself, novice carp owners can purchase ready-made anti-spinners. And often complete with clips, swivels, taps, fasteners. As the saying goes, “Everything is for you, just sing!” My choice is the ACE leadcore with an explosive load of 45 libres and the 60-libre KRYSTON Score Gold.
Thus, combining all these elements together, we get the right equipment for catching carp. As you can see, everything is very simple!
I advise you to read: My favorite lure - Spinner