Sometimes when trying to work out a solution to an angling problem the answer can be found right under your nose!
For several years we have been trying to come up with a solution to creating a reliable lead discharge system for helicopter rigs – a system that would be more reliable than simply tying a few overhand knots in a piece of 3lb or 4lb monofilament which we found inconsistent and unreliable.
The main problem was simply that we were trying to come up with a single item that would drop the lead at a controlled discharge pressure whilst retaining the lead during the cast. Naturally the component would have to cope with the similar dynamic forces during the cast as occur when you get a bite! This was a paradox that we found hard to solve.
Then late last year we heard a whisper about some local anglers using a component supplied by our friends at Enterprise (as part of a pack) that were being used already and proving totally effective and reliable! We quickly got onto Chris and requested a few samples and explained we thought that it was just the thing a lot of carpers were looking for.
When we got some samples and tried them out for ourselves it was a genuine ‘Eureka’ moment… They were absolutely perfect!
The Drop Out Chod Clips are basically preformed ’C’ shaped clips that deform at a given force. Each packet contains a full sprig of clips that has 12 pieces of each of the two weight rated clips.
- Light clip release pressure = approx. 3lb
- Heavy clip release pressure = approx. 6lb
We recommend that the thinner (lighter) clip should be used for fishing with leads at short to medium range; whilst the thicker (heavier) gauge clip is ideal for longer range applications.
Incorporating the clip on your leader is simple. Just follow these easy step by step instructions or check out the inside of the card supplied with the Drop Out Chod Clips:
- Splice a large ring on the end of your Leader. Either the ring from a Flexi Ring Swivel or a Covert Q-Ring are perfect.
- Create a safe Chod/Helicopter rig using your normal components. **
- Incorporate a Silicone Sleeve, Covert Buffer Bead or a Tail Rubber to slide down and sheath the ring and Chod Clip before casting. This will keep the lead from simply bouncing/falling out the clip during the cast or as the lead hits the surface of the water.
- Hook the lead onto the Chod Safety Clip and mount on ring and sheath with Silicone Sleeve or a Tail Rubber.
In practice these clips have proven absolutely superb – only ditching the lead when they have too due to the build of weed and they offer a far safer way of fishing chod rigs and helicopters in thick weed than ever before!
Please note, just like any ‘weak link’ arrangement please be sensible in this products use! You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to realise cracking off leads can be dangerous.
Take your time to test them and experiment to see how they perform with your own casting styles and equipment. They are not made for use with big leads at long range.
**Always make sure rotary style rigs are safe, and the upper safety bead can pull off the top of the leader in the event of the mainline cutting.