I guess that you’re wondering why or how that can be the case? What’s so special about it?
Well mechanically it’s almost infallible. It resets, it is awesome in terms of hooking and it’s versatile as it can be used on almost any type of boom material or lead arrangement (or even as a chod) and you can have a load of end sections tied up ready so that you can tailor the rig in seconds to suit the swim/spots you’re fishing.
On top of that I can 100% honestly say I can’t remember the last hook pull I had on it (obviously constructed with a Mugga of course) and used with a decent quality small (12mm) pop up.
It’s simple really, the rig presents the hook bait low enough that it works like a dream when it’s cast onto clean lakebed and it’s high enough that it works on slightly scruffy and silty spots (assuming you’re not failing to adjust hooklink and lead arrangement to suit).
The fact that it is a low pop up is, I guess, the reason why it just keeps working too! It’s subtler than you may think; given it is quite a big hook. The in-turned eye on the Mugga defines the angle the XT Flexi Ring Swivel sits when the shrink tube has been shrunk and the angle is simply absolutely right. If you want it to be more aggressive then the new CVR offers an option but the long term used and abused nature of the rig used with the Mugga means that I would categorically recommend them as your starting point as a 100% perfect initial choice.
*maybe choose a size 6’s for venues where the average fish is mid 20 or lower – but for big fish don’t hesitate to smack a lovely size 4 in their chops!
Perhaps the simplest way I can express the impact of this baby is to compare it directly with the Hinged Stiff Rig. It really is that impressive. Honestly, 95% of the time rigs are not a consideration I need to worry about, thanks to Ronnie!
The Willow at 54lb – caught on the Ronnie