The chod rig was made popular quite few years back by Terry Hearn and Jim Shelley. Due to chod rig’s ability to effectively present a bait over virtually any lake bed, when they first became popular they received mixed reviews as some anglers argued that ‘chucking out’ a chod was for anglers that did not have the skill present a rig in a challenging fishing situation.
Whilst the chod rig may have initially been over used, it is a fantastic rig when fishing over weed or bottoms with significant debris. In fact, it can often be the only rig that can enable you to effectively present a bait. Here’s a step by step guide of how to tie a chod rig.
How to Tie a Chod Rig
Take a pre bought leadcore chod safety system or splice a length of around 120cm of leadcore yourself making a small loop at either end. Slide on tail rubber and attach a metal lead clip which will then allow you to attach your lead to the rig. If you are fishing over heavy weed use the lightest lead that you can get away with.
Next slide the tail rubber down over the metal lead clip.
Slide the top bead (the one furthest away from the lead) completely off the length of leadcore. It is absolutely vital that the beads, particularly the top bead is able to slide off the rubber tubing underneath it under a small amount of pressure. It is critical that the beads slide off for the carp’s safety in the event of a break off.
Take a pre-tied chod hook-link and slide it down the lead core so that it is in between the remaining safety bead and the bead that you have removed.
Now you will notice two important features about this hook above.
Firstly, the hook link material is curved. This is really important and gives the chod rig its hooking properties. You may wish to buy them pre-tied but if you are going to make them yourself your need a stiff link mono or bristle filament that will remain in its curved position once shaped.
Secondly, the hook is tied to a double swivel. The double swivel allows the rig to rotate in the water and in the carp’s mouth making it harder for the carp to eject the rig.
Slide the safety bead that you had previously removed back over the rubber tubing on the leadcore so that the hook is now between the two beads.
Take some baiting floss and attach a buoyant pop up to the metal ring that has been looped onto the loop of line at base of the shank of the hook. You will start to see the mechanics of the rig taking shape now.
The distance of the 2 beads from the lead can be adjusted depending on what you are fishing over. If it is light debris then you may choose to fish the hook closer the lead. If you are fishing over a foot or two of Canadian pond weed, then you would set the beads further away from the lead to enable the hook and boilie to rest on top of the weed.
Use the bait floss to tie the pop up boilie fixing it with a hair stop.
Take a lighter and blob down the bait floss so that it looks neat and tidy.
Tie the loop at the other end of the leadcore to your mainline and cast the rig out. Feather the cast to straighten the rig out and slow it down as it impacts the water. This will give the rig a better presentation rather than it coiling up in a heap on the lake bed.
The photos below show how the chod rig allows the hook bait to sit clear of the bottom weed.
In general chod rigs work best when fishing over a scattering of boilies. If you were to spod out a particle mix, this may work against you as the finer particle sink to the bottom of the lake bed potentially drawing the fish beyond where your hook bait has settled.