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Basic hair-rig

Man has fished with hook and line for thousands of years and while improvements have been made the principle of fishing has basically remained unchanged. However, the introduction of the hair-rig in the 1970s, by Len Middleton and Kevin Maddocks in England, revolutionised (carp) fishing forever.

The crux of the hair rig is that the bait is free of the hook and this allows it to be positioned away from it. The carp sucks up the bait and although it quickly ejects it on realising that something is wrong, the hook invariably makes contact with the mouth and the carp is hooked.

Originally the "hair" was literally a piece of hair but nowadays dental floss is often used being strong and able to swing freely.
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