THE MULTI RIG
Jon McAllister talks you through a game-changing adaption of the pop-up rig.
When it comes to the multi-rig, the general misconception is that I invented it. That’s not actually the case, in fact, I was shown the basics of the rig a long time ago by Dave Ball.
It was back in 1990 that I started using the multi-rig. It was on Sutton during a cold winter session, and over the following years I tweaked and adapted it to evoke better hook-holds. It caught loads of good fish right from the off and because it was me that first put this rig into print, everyone nicknamed it the Jonny Mac rig – although I’m led to believe that Mike Kavanagh initially came up with the concept.
The rig has been used by numerous anglers since then, caught scores of big carp across the country, and has been well documented. I’d never put my name to the rig but I do use it for nearly all of my fishing.
The basic mechanics have stayed the same since day one but I’ve changed materials and hooks over the years as newer, more effective ones have been created.
The main adaptation in the 26 years I’ve been using the rig is probably a small length of silicone tubing that sits over the hook eye, kicking the material away from the hook eye in the perfect aggressive angle.
Nearly all of the big, famous fish I’ve caught have been on the multi-rig. I’ve used it with bottom baits, wafters, double baits, three mini tigers – you name it, I’ve caught on it using the multi-rig.
Many years ago people would use a Super Specialist hook and bend the shank to create a bent hook. At the time, people using it in this way were catching quite a lot of carp, but the damage caused to the fishes’ mouths saw many venues ban it. The modern addition of silicone tubing does the very same thing as bending the hook, and with the pop-up directly above the hook, obscuring it from view, the addition causes the hook to turn perfectly in the carp’s mouth. With captures like Heather from The Car Park, The Black Mirror from The Mere, The Mother from Elstow and Richmond Park’s Royal Forty, among countless others to its credit, I have ultimate faith in this rig.
Jonny Mac with Scaly at 40lb plus from the rock-hard Vinnetrow – proof that the multi-rig works on even the cleverest of carp.
01 – This is a pop-up rig, so it goes without saying that your hook bait should be buoyant enough to hold up your hook.
02 – Use a 3mm rig ring positioned on the loop at the back of the hook to help hold your pop-up in place.
03 – A 10mm section of silicone tubing pushes over the loop and over the eye of the hook. This should be manipulated to angle the hook more aggressively – you don’t want it sitting straight up.
04 – You can use any size and shape of hook you like with the multi-rig, bearing in mind the size and feeding habits of your target fish.
05 – To counteract the buoyancy of the pop-up and anchor things down, use a split shot positioned at the back of the stripped section of the coated braid. A No1 or BB will do the trick.
06 – You’re looking for a tied rig of nine inches, so go for a length of coated braid 12 inches long to start with. Strip back a section of the coating below the loop knot to give articulation to the hook and bait.
07 – The length of your loop at the top of the multi-rig will determine how high your hook bait sits off the deck. Using a loop also means you can change your hook without tying a new rig.
08 – The multi-rig employs a loop to carry the hook. This is created using a figure-of-eight knot and needs to be long enough to go though the inside of the hook eye and then over the hook again to creat a D to hold the rig ring at the back of the hook.
09 – Finish you rig off to a swivel with a loop-to-loop fixing with a figure-of-eight knot to create the loop – as with the top of the rig.
“I have ultimate faith in this rig ” – Jon McAllister
I have great confidence in the multi rig. With a mind-boggling choice of rigs out there, there are only a handful I really ever use. I’ve got particular confidence in the multi because I’ve studied it and tweaked it to my specification and style of fishing. With stalking being commonplace in my fishing, I get to watch how the rig acts when picked up by fish. It’s so efficient that I have no problem taking a step further and casting it out into the lake. The hooked-to-landed ratio is amazing, so it has a firm place in my rig armoury.
Unless I can see where I’m placing my hook bait, I’ll always use a pop-up presentation. This is my rig of choice and I have 100 per cent faith in it. I’ve always said that a pop-up rig will single out the bigger fish and my results prove that. Although I don’t catch hundreds of carp in a year, I catch the ones that I want the most. Last year four 50lb UK carp fell to the multi-rig. It’s a huge part of my fishing, and you can see why.