After the enormous success of the Ronnie Rig, and the improvement in rig mechanics and reaction simply by putting a Covert XT Kwik Lok Flexi Ring Swivel onto the eye of the Mugga hook, it wasn’t much of a leap forward to apply the same tweak onto the already successful German rig to give the hook free, uninhibited rotational movement to ensure the hook is able to twist unrestricted so the point is able to drop and take hold in the bottom lip or scissors as soon as the balanced hookbait is sampled. Sometimes relatively small changes really can make a big difference to the overall effectiveness of a rig, and this is one such occasion.
The type and length of hooklink you use with the German Rig is largely dictated by the nature of the lake bed and the lead arrangement that you’re using. We recommend Trick-Link/Invisi-link monofilament materials or Stiff Ultra Skin if you are using a helicopter lead arrangement. However, if you’re using lead clips we recommend using our supple Ultra Skin hook link material, lengthening the hooklink to account for fishing in soft sediment.
It’s simply the case of tying the hooklink of choice onto a 12 Target Kwik Lok Swivel or XT Kwik Lok (mounted on the hook eye) with a grinner or Palomar knot. We prefer these quick change swivels without a flexi ring as the hooklink lays out in a far more controlled manner – as the hinge sometimes causes the hook to lay back on the hooklink when you’re using a balanced bottom bait.
Ultimately, the combination allows the hook to turn and twist unhindered reacting whichever way the fish approaches the hookbait thanks to the swivels at the either end of the rig. By adding a balanced hook bait to the rig you ensure that the hookbait/hook is presented more consistently and is harder for the fish to deal with. Everything about the way the rig reacts aggressively and then promotes positive hookholds through awesome mechanics is right – and that means more fish on the bank when used correctly.