The Ronnie Rig

The Ronnie Rig

Hook Stops and Swivels

Hook Stops and Swivels.

Recommended hooklinks

Recommended hooklink.

Step 1. Start by cutting a 1cm length of Large Covert Shrink Tube.

Step 1. Start by cutting a 1cm length of Large Covert Shrink Tube.

Step 2. Position the shrink tube onto the hook shank before mounting the size 12 Kwik LoK Flexi Ring Swivel onto the hook eye.

Step 2. Position the shrink tube onto the hook shank before mounting the size 12 Kwik Lok Flexi-Ring Swivel onto the hook eye**.

Step 3. Pull the hook eye onto the Kwik Lok crook.

Step 3. Pull the hook eye onto the Kwik Lok crook (*see end of sequence for details).

Step 4. As you pull the hook onto swivel the Kwik Lok crook will distort slightly.

Step 4. As you pull the hook onto swivel the Kwik Lok crook will distort slightly.

Step 5. When pulled in fully just squeeze the crook closed with some pliers.

Step 5. When pulled in fully just squeeze the crook closed with some pliers.

Step 6. Now position the Shrink Tube as shown, ready to shrink.

Step 6. Now position the Shrink Tube as shown, ready to shrink.

Step 7. Shrink over a kettle of boiling water (be careful not to burn yourself).

Step 7. Shrink over a kettle of boiling water (be careful not to burn yourself).

Step 8. Now you can slide a size 20 Target Swivel onto the hook (if you

Step 8. Now you can slide a size 20 Target Swivel onto the hook (if you’re using corkballed pop ups substitute a Covert Rig Ring).

Step 9. Push a Covert Hook Stop onto the Mugga as shown.

Step 9. Push a Covert Hook Stop onto the Mugga as shown.

Step 10. Position the Hook Stop opposite the point as shown.

Step 10. Position the Hook Stop opposite the point as shown.

Step 11. For easy bait mounting loop some floss through the swivel and pull through a pop up.

Step 11. For easy bait mounting loop some floss through the swivel and pull through a pop up.

Step 12. Mould some Critical Mass Putty round the Shrink tubing so the pop up sinks slowly when tested.

Step 12. Mould some Critical Mass Putty round the Shrink tubing so the pop up sinks slowly when tested.

Step 13. Tie your chosen hooklink material (in this case Trick-Link) to the Flexi Ring and attach the finished rig onto your preferred lead arrangement.

Step 13. Tie your chosen hooklink material (in this case Trick-Link) to the Flexi Ring and attach the finished rig onto your preferred lead arrangement.

The Finished Rig

The Finished Rig.

What you need

What you need…

* The size 12 Kwik Lok Flexi-Ring Swivel is not designed specifically for this purpose but does the job perfectly if pulled gently onto the hook eye as straight as possible and then closed up and sleeved with shrink tube (to stop flexing). We recommend customers use “common sense” and test the connection fully on a test rig to gauge final strength.

** We recommend using either the size 4 Covert Dark Mugga or the size 6 Covert Dark Continental Mugga with this rig set up.

August 17th, 2016|Categories: Carp Rig Tying|22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Aaron 09/10/2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Does this rig work in a solid PVA bag? Cheers

    • Oliver Webb 09/10/2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Aaron,

      The hookbait presentation will work with a solid bag.

      Perhaps fining down to the hookbait size and going down to size 6 hook version (rather than the 4) would help, especially if you’re filling the bag with small items.

      Using a very short soft braided hooklink instead of the Ultra Skin / Invisi-Link that we often recommend is probably the single most essential adjustment you’ll need to make to the rig – simply emulate the standard solid bag rig but with a Ronnie on the end.

      Hope this helps,

      The Gardner Team

  2. Steve embo 08/09/2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Hi, can you fish a bottom bait with this rig?

    • Oliver Webb 11/09/2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Steve,

      We recommend using the Ronnie Rig with a decent buoyant pop up. It needs to be able hold the hook upright for the duration that the rig is out there…

      If you want to use a similar style hooking arrangement with a balanced bottom bait, then the MkII German is a better option. Essentially, the lack of the flexi ring ‘hinge’ maintains a level of consistency in the way the baited rig lays out.

      Link here:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k72Whf8jQSk

      Hope this helps

  3. kris 12/04/2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    On steps 3&4 does it matter on the position of the kwik Lok?

    Can it go anyway round?

    The short piece of metal is facing down on the kwik lok.

    • Oliver Webb 13/04/2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Hi Kris

      The orientation shown in the step by step is the right way IMHO.
      As you don’t need to muck about and rotate the swivel around on the axis of the eye to get it to sit in its ‘natural’ position.

      Hope this helps

  4. dan 05/01/2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    how would you fish this meaning inline or bolt rig ?

    • Oliver Webb 05/01/2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Dan

      Have you watched the video’s about this rig on our YouTube channel?

      Links are here:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Z8flDlaCg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_Hx0jbN1h0

      *they may be useful if you haven’t seen them before.

      The basic split on the lead arrangement would be dictated by that the type of boom material you choose. A good starting point would be lead clip arrangements (or inline lead arrangements) with a supple skinned hooklink boom Heli rigs with a monofilament ‘boom’.

      Hope this helps,
      The Gardner Team

  5. Jamie 30/12/2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    Can this rig be scaled down for wary winter carp. i.e. size 10 or 8 hook on a 10mm pop up? Would the quik lok swivel need to be smaller also to fit the hook/balance better?
    Many Thanks

    • Oliver Webb 03/01/2017 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Hi Jamie – thank you for the enquiry,

      If you want to scale down you would need to find and alternative means of attaching a swivel to the smaller hook (as the eye will be too small to fit the Kwik Lok crook through).

      The Ronnie’s not a rig that lends itself easily to scaling down – and I think that there are genuinely better options for this purpose. Rigs like the ‘Multi Rig’, that have less metal work attached to them, are probably a better option with 10mm hook baits.

      If you are using a highly buoyant hookbait you can still get the crook through a size 6 Conti Mugga – any smaller than that in terms of hook size and I think the effectiveness of the Ronnie is undermined. Most pop up rigs generally work better/more effectively with a decent size hook…
      Hope this helps,

      The Gardner Team

  6. Jack Wyre 16/11/2016 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Can you attach a pva bag to this rig or is that a no no thanks again and could you just use a ring instead of a swivel to attach the bait or like a chod rig I’m not a fan of piercing my pops up if out there a while thanks again

    • Oliver Webb 16/11/2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

      It’s a nice simple ‘yes’ to both of those questions!

      I often attach a small PVA mesh bag (if range allows) and haven’t noticed any detrimental effect to the rig/hook arrangement if you feather the cast in nicely.

      the shrink tube affectively locks everything in position OK so it doesn’t make a lot of difference! You can double that layer up to for extra rigidity (just a thought).

      Regards the rig ring instead of swivel with cork-balled hookbaits – again 100% an option. For many years I have also had the same preference (tying on Cork balled hookbaits and when I do go back to them I often use a rig ring even though I think the swivel offers slightly better mechanics).

      Hope this helps,
      Lewis Read

  7. Mark 03/11/2016 at 1:29 am - Reply

    What size pop up sits the best using size 4 hook and what is the best rig set up ie helicopter set up or lead clip ?? Thanks!!

    • Oliver Webb 03/11/2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Hi Mark

      The key, as with any pop up rig is the hookbaits inherent buoyancy, not just size of the hookbait.

      The rig needs to sink very slowly – or hold up before the addition of any counter balance tungsten putty (Critical Mass) around the shrink tube to make it sink.

      This ensures it sits up for the whole time it is out in the water and helps the rotational mechanics of the rig. The same as a Hinged Stiff Rig.

      For hooklink and lead arrangement recommendations – the advice I offer anglers is simply to use longer supple skinned hooklinks (like Ultra Skin) on lead clip arrangements and monofilaments on Helicopters. This seems to be a good starting point as they offer consistent presentation across a variety of lakebeds and minimises tangles.

      There’s a couple of videos on our YouTube channel that you may find helpful:

      https://www.youtube.com/user/gardnertackle/

      Hope this helps,
      Lewis Read

  8. Geoff Rivett 29/10/2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I found you have to use a small pop up say size 10 any bigger the bait pulls the the rig off the floor. EVERY fish I have caught on this rig has been nailed.

    • Mark 03/11/2016 at 2:17 am - Reply

      Size 10 pop up mate what size hook 4 or 6 ?

  9. Stephen 20/09/2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Hi Guys Kiwi Coarse Tackle here… in the pictures you mention using floss for the “hair” but in the finished rig shot what is the bait stop and is this on the hair??? Cheers and look forward to stocking more Gardner Tackle right here in New Zealand… cheers Stephen.

    • Oliver Webb 20/09/2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Hi Stephen

      There isn’t a hair stop, that is the dental floss that has been ‘blobbed’ back.

      *Pulled through the ready-made pop up then a few granny knots in the end, then cut with 1-2cm of dental floss outside bait and burnt back with lighter.

      Really simple and really fast way of attaching commercial pop ups.

      Hope that helps.

      Regards,
      The Gardner Team

  10. Kouba 27/07/2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Hi gents I am from Czech R.. I will test it on our difficult rivers and lakes maybe it will be key of success. If you want ill let you know result.
    THX

    K.

    • Oliver Webb 27/07/2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Kouba,

      Glad to hear that yopu will be trying this rig out. We would love to hear about any success that you have using this rig. Pictures and details are always welcome. Tight Lines…

      The Gardner Team

  11. Micky 22/07/2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Brilliant looking rig im off to france in a week so will try it out and let you guys know how i get on, cheers

    • Oliver Webb 22/07/2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Micky,

      We love to hear about these rigs in action. Hope you catch some whackers!

      Cheers,
      The Gardner Team

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