- Dec 27, 2017
Another good question.........After using all these top kits what do you do with the rigs considering they will have probably been shortened etc, straight back onto a winder or bin them and remake the rig.
I always put mine back in a winder a lot of the time I tie hooks direct so if I think the hook has seen better days I bin it if not I put the hook back in my magnetic hook box. I then wind it on a winder and sort it at home.
If I haven’t had to shorten it too much I will just re-use it but if I have chopped a lot off I will either make a shorter rig up just changing the float and take a bit of shot off or if it’s too short bin it.
I also get a pen knife and open all the stotz and re-use them.......if it has been re-used already I will bin it you know if it’s been re-used by the damage done to it from opening it previously.
If you use it too many times it just slides up and down the line.
I never throw floats away most times they are ok just to use but sometimes I will re paint it if it’s required if it’s damaged I will tinker with it if it’s knackered I keep it so I can make repairs to old floats. You can replace broken stems or tips using old floats.
If the rig had an hook length I always replace this as this is the bit that gets hammered........ having said that if I didn’t catch much I will leave it on.
If I’ve trashed a rig I will use the line to make hook lengths if I think the line is ok so it’s not wasted.
I always save float rubbers/silicone.
Blobs or float stops get re-used as there is a way of getting them back on the wire .......simply save the blob/float stop on about 10 inches of the line it was on then get the wire loop it was on and tie it to the line with a single granny knot you will find the blob/stop will slide back onto the wire just cut the bit of line off.
It might seem like a lot of messing about but I don’t usually use more than three rigs so it only takes me a few minutes to sort.
I have copied or followed Neil of the nenes advice and only make rigs up on .13 and .17 line and a couple on .19 for margins so it’s all pretty straight forward.