The Slip D Rig has accounted for thousands of carp across the UK and main land Europe. It was first invented by Martin Clarke way back in 1986-87 season at Woburn Sands. At the time the rig was first tied using a large ring and dental floss as a hooklink and although it looked a little crude it worked from the off. Although the materials that are used to tie the rig have advanced to Ultra Skin or Ultra Skin Stiff hooklinks and ultra-sharp Covert Dark Mugga hooks, the ultra-effective mechanics of the rig remain the same. The presentation has accounted for thousands of fish across the country and for Martin personally around ten forty’s and fifty to sixty thirties, which goes to prove its effectiveness.
The rig is tied up using a coated braid, with the last inch of coating stripped back to reveal the braided inner closest to the eye of the hook. Using mainstream D style rigs tied using fluorocarbon or mono the D is obviously stiff, whereas the D on the Slip D rig is supple. This allows the hookbait, which is mounted on a ring, to come away from the shank of the hook when blown from a carp’s mouth, helping the hook to prick. When it comes to hookbaits, it works well with standard bottom baits and is also very effective with wafters and pop ups.