Back to basics: step by step tying a blowback rig

Blowback rigs can be very effective rigs as they help to keep the carp from spitting the bait. They are often used in conjunction with a snowman of boilies, but can be used with other baits as well. I find them most effective with any bait that is more or less neutrally buoyant, with best results when the bait is critically balanced.

Here is a quick step-by-step tutorial on how to tie this rig:

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Components you need: leader, rig rings, and any hook that has a longer shank
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You will want a rig ring that is large enough to be able slide freely on the hook but not so large it is bulky. For this tutorial the ring is a 3mm.
The first step is to tie a small loop in the end of the leader. Just about any loop knot will work.
The first step is to tie a small loop in the end of the leader. Just about any loop knot will work.
Next add mount your hook bait on the baiting needle.
Next, mount your hook bait on the baiting needle.
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Most hook baits will work. In this example I am using a large piece of buoyant plastic corn.
The nest step is to attach a rig ring.
The nest step is to attach a rig ring.
Use a couple of over hand knots to hold it the ring a little distance from the bait. The distance depends on the size of the hook and bait.
Use a couple of over hand knots to hold the ring a little distance from the bait. The distance depends on the size of the hook and bait.
Slide the ring on the hook and tread the leader through the eye of the hook from the side opposite to the point.
Slide the ring on the hook and thread the leader through the eye of the hook from the side opposite to the point.
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Align the ring about level with the barb of the hook. You can experiment with the placement of the ring. When the ring is where you want it, tie a knotless knot.

For how to tie a knotless knot click here.

I add a small piece of .75mm silicone tube to keep everything in position. Then you are done!
I add a small piece of .75mm silicone tube to keep everything in position.
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I use a figure eight loop in the end of the leader that allows me to change leaders quickly.
The finished rig!
The finished rig!
The weight of the rig is offset by the buoyant bait and makes it very easy for the carp to inhale it.
The weight of the rig is offset by the buoyant bait and makes it very easy for the carp to inhale it.
The benefit of the sliding bait is to increase the weight of the point of the hook and make it catch in the lower lip of the carp.
The benefit of the sliding bait is to increase the weight of the point of the hook and make it catch in the lower lip of the carp.

There you have it! It is a straightforward rig to tie and can be done on the bank. I hope this was easy to follow and can help you catch more fish.