The carp angling world is full of mad scientists, constantly pushing the boundaries and experimenting with ever evolving rig setups and bait combination theories. In this article we’ll take a look at silicone tubing and how carp anglers are using it to catch bigger fish, more consistently. Fishing silicone tubing can be used in a variety of ways from replacing sinker weights and beads, to protecting swivels, knots and hooks. Let’s break the details down…
Best silicone tubing for fishing?
Good fishing silicone tubing needs to be affordable, toxic free and made from quality materials. This simple accessory should be tight, yet pliable enough to protect knots and rig components in snaggy waters with silt, weed or gravel bottoms. Here are my top 5 recommended silicone tubing providers available to buy online today…
Types of carp rig tubing?
Silicone tubing is not the only type of rig tubing on the market, and each one has their own benefits for carp fishing. A rig of inline drop off lead with tubing, or lead swivel system require slightly different materials to be most effective. Here is a list of the different styles of rig tubing and information on how to best use them while fishing.
Tungsten rig tubing
Sinking rig tubing
Anti tangle sleeves
Neoprene rig tubing
How to use silicone rig tubing?
The main advantage of silicone rig tubing is to protect sliding stop knots with movable bait stops on rig like snood lines. You should use rig tubing on any waters where snags can dislodge and undo knots on leaders, hooks, swivels and weights, providing peace of mind that your carp fishing rig is as protected as possible, and letting you concentrate on feeding up the swim and catching more fish. Tubing is also useful to hold down line, stopping tangles and camouflaging it from spooky fish in difficult swims.
How long should rig tubing be?
Silicone tubing is usually purchased in 1m lengths, and can easily be cut down to the size required. A section of rig tubing needs to be long enough to protect the more vulnerable parts of your rig. A good rule of thumb is for a 6inch hook-length, a 12inch tube works well. However, use at least 2 inches longer than your hook length to prevent your hook link from wrapping around the main line, thus preventing those annoying line tangles.
How to thread rig tubing?
With a few simple techniques, threading rig tubing is as easy as pie. Just ramming the line in to the tubing will cause it to buckle and fold, but these tips and tricks will make it a less stressful experience. Firstly, cut your line at a 45 degree angle with a sharp pair of scissors or pliers, hold tubing vertically (not horizontally) to allow gravity to work in your favour, and in a small pushing motion thread line downwards a few centimeters at a time. This video tutorial explains this great rig tubing hack.
Where to buy silicone tubing for fishing?
Whether your using silicone tubing for fishing floats, fishing quick change clips or tungsten beads for carp fishing make sure to buy from a reputable fishing tackle brand, and not some cheap knock off that may contain all sorts of toxins and chemicals. Companies like Angling Direct, Korda, Nash, ESP and Bank Tackle all sell quality silicone rig tubing and is available for under £10, either online or at your nearest tackle shop.
I’ve found the different diameter silicone tubing multi-pack by NEWSHOT to be the best value for money, made with highest quality material and long lasting on the market today. The 3 colours allows you to disguise your rigs from wary fish, by matching it to the river or lake bed. One thing to remember with rig tubing is always make sure the internal diameter of the tube is large enough for the Ib line your using, or you may struggle during the threading process. In future articles I’ll get in to more detail on which carp rigs benefit from the use of tubing, and the various fishing techniques this simple piece of tackle helps boost catch rates. Happy Fishing!