One of the most useful rigs that I have used over the past 12 months has been the Blowback rig. The rig can be used with or without a hair to attach the boilie.
In this article I'll guide you through how to make the Blowback hairless rig and what materials and appliances I use to construct it.
At the end of the article there also links to 2 videos that show you the sequence too. I used these rigs on my recent carp fishing in France session on Molyneux.
I use the medium sized Korda rings... but the tear drop type also fit this purpose
For this rig I use the Korda N-Trap coated line in 15lb BS
Size 6 Fox Arma barbed long shank hook
I use dental floss to tie on the boilie to the O ring
Pair of forceps
Pair of scissors
The shrink tube that I use for this rig. I get mine from www.thefishingbag.com
It's reasonably priced and maintains its shape when shrunk.
The gadget I use to tighten hooks and knots.
Step 9: How to Make the Blowback Rig - Hairless Type
1st strip back around 6 inches of the outer coating of the Korda N-Trap by using the forceps.
6 inches of N-Trap stripped to the braid
Take one of the Fox Arma longshank hooks and a Korda O ring
Slide the ring 3 inches down the braid
Tie the first simple overhand knot on the O ring and pull tight
Tie in a second knot
Pull the knot tight. A touch of superglue can be added at this stage, although I personally rely solely on my knot.
Now peel off more Korda N-Trap giving you a length of around 15 inches.
Trim off line at O ring
Run the other end of the N-Trap down through the eye of the hook
Pull the line through the eye and pass the O ring over the hook past the hook point
Position the O ring on the bend of the hook so that it will not slide back towards the hook point
Tighten up the braid
Wind the braid back onto the hook shank around 10 turns towards the bend of the hook, keeping the loops tight together.
Pass the end of the braid back down through the eye of the hook
Keeping hold of the O ring on the bend of the hook - pull the other end of the braid tight so that the knot tightens over the shank of the hook.
Take just under ½ inch of the shrink tube
Pass the N-Trap through the shrink tube and slide the tubing down towards the eye of the hook
Push the shrink tube over the eye of the hook so that it just covers the hole of the knot on the shank of the hook
At this stage thoroughly tighten your knots with a gadget such as this, or with forceps.
Boil the water in a kettle and grab the bend of the hook with the forceps and hold over the steam for a few seconds angling the tubing down at a slight angle.
While the tubing is still warm bend the tubing so that it has a slight curve downwards
The rig is now complete!
With the dental floss tie on a boile with a slip knot
Tie onto the O ring
Trim off the excess dental floss and the rig is ready to cast out.
Step 34: Blowback Rig With a Hair
For the Blowback rig with a hair take up from where 6 inches of outer coating as been stripped from the N-Trap on the hairless version, but strip an extra inch of coating off the braid.
Of the stripped braid take around 4 inches and fold back and start to form a loop
Pass the end through the loop forming a simple single knot
Tighten to form the loop on the hair
Trim off the end of the braid close to the loop
Tie on the O ring
Pass the N-Trap down through the eye of the hook and the O ring over the hook point as before with the Hairless version.
Tie the rest of this rig as the Hairless version and this is the end result
Here is a video showing how to tie the Blowback rig with a hair;
Here is a video showing how to tie the Blowback hairless rig;
You can read my article on my trip to Molyneux here