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#10994412 - 07/22/15 06:47 PM Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not?
GrassProShop Jim Offline
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Registered: 01/19/10
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Loc: Grapevine, TX
The only time I have thrown a c-rig was with a guide on Fork many years ago. Since I've been fishing for at least 5 years now, it's time I start using this technique to help catch more fish.

I have several of the pre-made c-rig set ups that I got at BPS. What are opinions of using these, versus doing the brass pieces, glass beads, etc. to build your own set up?

Also, what kind of knot would I use to tie on to either end of the pre-made set up? I'm typically just a Palomar knot guy, so need to understand how to tie the c-rig deal on.

Thanks in advance,

Jim
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#10994424 - 07/22/15 06:54 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: GrassProShop Jim]
Ban-D Offline
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I do my own. It takes no longer than tying a Texas rig. I have beads,clackers and swivels in their own compartment next to hooks and weights. Knot depends on that you like. I use braid to mono so usually a pall at with the braid and a trilene or improved clinch with mono.Weight,bead,clacker,swivel,leader and hook.

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#10994456 - 07/22/15 07:06 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: GrassProShop Jim]
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Dont use them they dont come through cover very good tie your own c-rigs up with swivels you will be better off.

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#10994474 - 07/22/15 07:16 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: lamoon78]
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If the weight doesn't move up and down the line freely it isn't right. Tie your own.


Edited by Chet (07/22/15 07:17 PM)
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#10994570 - 07/22/15 07:58 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: GrassProShop Jim]
txlonghorns Offline
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Tie your own. IMO, the pre-made ones look cheaply constructed, more likely to snag and inhibits movement. Try using Carolina Keepers if you don't want to go with the weight, bead, Palomar knot, swivel, Palomar knot, leader, Palomar knot to hook. Instead it would look like weight, 1 or 2 Carolina Keeper (depending on size weight) and one Palomar knot to hook. The good thing is it only costs $2. http://www.academy.com/shop/browse/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=Carolina+keeper

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#10994598 - 07/22/15 08:11 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: Ban-D]
Rob Lay Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ban-D
I do my own. It takes no longer than tying a Texas rig. I have beeds,clackers and swivels in their own compartment next to hooks and weights. Knot depends on that you like. I use braid to mono so usually a pall at with the braid and a trilene or improved clinch with mono.Weight,bead,clacker,swivel,leader and hook.


how is that possible? 3 knots vs. 1?
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#10994601 - 07/22/15 08:13 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: txlonghorns]
Rob Lay Offline
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Originally Posted By: txlonghorns
Tie your own. IMO, the pre-made ones look cheaply constructed, more likely to snag and inhibits movement. Try using Carolina Keepers if you don't want to go with the weight, bead, Palomar knot, swivel, Palomar knot, leader, Palomar knot to hook. Instead it would look like weight, 1 or 2 Carolina Keeper (depending on size weight) and one Palomar knot to hook. The good thing is it only costs $2. http://www.academy.com/shop/browse/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=Carolina+keeper


big believer in the c-rig keepers! 1 knot and saves a good minute. I've also had less problems with break offs. The only downside you can't use different line weights on leader.
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#10994605 - 07/22/15 08:17 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: Rob Lay]
Ban-D Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rob Lay
Originally Posted By: Ban-D
I do my own. It takes no longer than tying a Texas rig. I have beads,clackers and swivels in their own compartment next to hooks and weights. Knot depends on that you like. I use braid to mono so usually a pall at with the braid and a trilene or improved clinch with mono.Weight,bead,clacker,swivel,leader and hook.


how is that possible? 3 knots vs. 1?

Then it's impossible I guess. Take it literal if you want. I was simply implying it doesn't take long to tie a Carolina rig. Much less justify using the goofy pre made rigs. Knots take no time to tie. You're still using weight,hook, and line.

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#10994614 - 07/22/15 08:24 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: GrassProShop Jim]
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I tie my own. Easy knots to use would be a Palomar, San Diego Jam or the Fishin fool knot.

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#10994672 - 07/22/15 08:49 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: Rob Lay]
txlonghorns Offline
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Registered: 06/22/13
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Originally Posted By: Rob Lay
big believer in the c-rig keepers! 1 knot and saves a good minute. I've also had less problems with break offs. The only downside you can't use different line weights on leader.


What do you mean by this? I wouldn't think the line weight of a leader would be a problem. hmmm

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#10994678 - 07/22/15 08:51 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: txlonghorns]
Rob Lay Offline
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Originally Posted By: txlonghorns
What do you mean by this? I wouldn't think the line weight of a leader would be a problem. hmmm


most use different weights main line and leader, can't do that with keepers.
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#10994682 - 07/22/15 08:52 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: ezbassin]
Rob Lay Offline
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Originally Posted By: ezbassin
I tie my own. Easy knots to use would be a Palomar, San Diego Jam or the Fishin fool knot.



Palomar is kind of a pain doing leader first and impossible otherwise. I would always tie up a bunch of just the leaders to be ready on the water just single knot. keeper still blows that technique away though.
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#10994988 - 07/22/15 10:52 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: GrassProShop Jim]
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Use this set up: barrel weight, steel clacker disk, glass bead then add 2 Carolina keepers, then tie tag line directly to hook. Now you have an adjustable c-rig. Go from 2 foot leader to 3 foot without having to retie. Works great!
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#10995062 - 07/22/15 11:51 PM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: GrassProShop Jim]
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I usually use the keepers too. If you use them, make sure to check your line periodically, especially if you've pulled the rig through any timber. If the weight gets caught up on something, and you're able to pull it off, sometimes the keepers will slide up the line a bit (and yes, I usually use two), and knick your line.

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#10995081 - 07/23/15 12:59 AM Re: Carolina rig - pre-made set up versus not? [Re: GrassProShop Jim]
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Tie your own
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