Here's a few step-by-step instructions on how to tie knots, set up rigs, etc. I'll add to them as often as I can so hopefully it will build into a handy reference for you guys to use. If there's something specific you would like to see on here leave me the details in the comment box and I'll see what I can do.
1) First cut a length of your chosen hooklink material, whether that's monofilament, fluorocarbon, or coated braid. Then fold over 4-5cm of the line. If you're using coated braid remember to strip off around 10cm of the outer coating to allow for flexibility in your hair and whipping, see next few steps.
2) Now tie a simple overhand knot to form a loop. Cut off tag end just below knot. This is now the end of your hair, with the loop allowing you to secure your bait.
3) Then rest the hooklink along the shank of your chosen hook, allowing the hair/loop to protude out from the bend of the hook. Taking the free end of your line thread it through the back of the eye as shown.
4) Now whip the line tightly around the hook shank at least 6 or 7 times, (some anglers like to whip along until they're almost opposite the hook point), which will then hold the hair in position.
5) Carefully whip the line once back over the original turns, and then thread it through the back of the eye once again to complete the knot.
6) And there it is finished, just tie a swivel to the free end and you have your hooklink. The length of the hair can be adjusted to the size of bait being used, with some anglers preferring to tie on their boilie/pellet, etc, to the hair, then positioning this along the back of the hook before tying the rest of the knot, allowing their bait to sit exactly where they want it.
1) Fold over a fair amount of line to make a loop.
2) Next feed the loop through the back of the eye of your hook and make a second loop.
3) Now pass the first loop through the second to make a loose overhand knot.
4) Then pass the first loop over your hook and slowly tighten.
5) As the knot begins to form moisten with saliva, then fully tighten to set the knot. Trim tag end to finish.
Here's a simple set-up using a 'chod' rig. Called a 'naked' chod, as there's no leadcore or tubing used, (which can be handy for certain waters that ban them) it's also gained favour as a more subtle presentation as the chod is mounted on your main line, which is much less visible than most leaders, especially when fished over clearer spots. It's best used in conjunction with a fast sinking main line.
1) As this isn't a seperate hooklink you'll need to set up your rod and have your mainline threaded through the rings. Then take a rig stop, I've used a Gardner Line Stop, and slide it onto your line.
2) Now slip a 4/5mm bead onto your line and over the line stop as shown. It needs to be tight enough to hold its position, but able to pull off under slight pressure in case of a crack off or line break when the fish needs to dump the lead.
3) Your chod rig is next, I've used a pre-tied one from Gardner, a size 8, slide it on up to the bead.
4) Follow this with another line stop and bead to trap the chod on your line.
5) Lastly slip a small length of silicon tubing, or helicopter sleeve, on your line then tie on your chosen lead, a palomar knot is usually best. Now slide the tubing/sleeve over the leads swivel to tidy up the finished rig.
6) As a final bit of fine tuning, wrap a small piece of putty around the chod swivel. As there's no leadcore this will sink the chod slowly to the lake bed, giving you perfect presentation.
Remember to adjust your beads, with the bottom bead needing to be around 20cm up from your lead to stop any tangles.