Leon Bartropp's Winter/Spring rig

My mates at Gardner Tackle sent me a little article from Leon Bartropp on how to set up the 'multi-rig', have a look!

Winter and early Spring can be a very difficult time to catch consistently, the fish are either lethargic or just beginning to wake up and a big bed of bait is the sure fire way to destroy your chances of catching, I prefer a single bright popup positioned in the right place that will get any carps attention, I've caught many fish this way over the years.

The “multi-rig” as it is widely known is a rig that you can cast almost anywhere to showing fish or position on gravel, silt or even light weed just by adjusting the height of the popup, this really is a versatile rig, the other benefit is that if you accidently blunt a hook and cannot re-sharpen it effectively or you catch a fish on the rig, you can change the hook very quickly without having to retie a new rig everytime, just slip off the retaining loop, slide on a new hook, position the loop again around the shank and you have a finished brand new rig all ready to cast out.

How I have found to best fish this rig is to attach to a ring swivel on a lead clip system, I trim the “critical mass” putty until the 15mm popup just sinks, this enables you to use a small piece of dissolving foam if fishing over weed and as the foam dissolves the popup drifts slowly down to rest on any debris on the lake bed, thus presenting perfect presentation everytime. 

And here is the proof in the pudding, a nice early spring mirror caught using the rig described.

And here is the proof in the pudding, a nice early spring mirror caught using the rig described.