That thin piece of the monofilament line or the braided line, known as the hair, which ties the lure to the hook, is the first object coming into contact with carp. In order to trick this very cautious and distrustful fish, you need to pay extraordinary attention to the process of hair construction!

The simplest hair making consists of setting up a boilie on one end of a monofilament line with a small diameter, while the other one is attached to the hook bend.

Hair was invented by english anglers in 1978., and so undoubtedly revolutionized the traditional carp fishing principles. This is a piece of a monofilament line or a braided line, which is attached to the hook, and on it is installed a lure. The hook remains entirely uncovered (which was unimaginable until then). On the contrary, anglers have tried all possible ways to hide it inside the lure, fearing the fish might see it!

The main advantage of this new type of luring is that carp do not feel even the slightest resistance when taking the lure, and the hook, since it is entirely free, easily attaches onto the mouth edge, without causing damage. Ever since their appearance, the hair rigs have continously improved. As a consequence, there are today many variations which are mainly differentiated by their connective spot or length.



Various connective spots

There are more ways of attaching the hair to the rig. You can tie it to the hook bend, throat or eye. This last option has shown to be most effective, because it enables the installing of hair into the axis of the hook, so that the barb can pierce deeply into the carp's mouth.
The way of tying the hair onto the hook also depends on the size of the hook. The number of smaller hook models have been in increased use lately, so for example hook n2, which was most commonly used ten years ago, is almost definitely replaced by n6 and n8 hooks.

Hook choice depends not on the carp size, but on the lure size. If you fish with corn grains or small boilies, 22 to 28 mm in diameter, choose n2 or n4 hooks. Pay attention to the hook bend, which with needs to accommodate the boilie size.


This hair is installed onto the hook eye, and consists of an extra leader.

The proper length of hair

Hair length primarily depends on the carp's caution. If you are practicing in seldom fished waters, hairs of 1 to 3 cm length are quite appropriate. If however, you are in water zones where carp are often fished, move the lure as close to the hook as possible. The number of the installed hairs on a hook also determines the length. Clearly, the more boilies there are, the longer it will be.

You can install the hair on a hook in a fixed or adjustable way. In the first case, you are definitely determining its length at the beginning of fishing, and you can't change it afterwards. In you opt for the latter, you make a relatively long hair which you wind around the hook throat to the desired length. Then block the entire thing with the help of a silicon case.


Two boilies, common and swimming, are installed onto the hair wound around the hook shank (attached with the help of a silicon case).

Boilie installment

The hair is always completed with a special stop-float* which enters the hair loop and serves to hold the lure on the hair. It is necessary to use a needle for piercing a thick lure or a special needle for boilie. You first have to pierce the boilie down the middle, keeping the needle in it, and then pull the hair loop through the needle eye. Then you need to lightly stretch the whole thing and move the boilie from the needle to the hair. Before pulling out the needle, set up the stop-float.
Check up on the proper lure position, and if you are not entirely content, do not hesitate to take it off and repeat the procedure until you achieve the perfect presentation.


Hair can be made from monofilament line of small diameter, 0, 08-0,10 mm, or directly with the leader's braided line. There are also special braided lines designed for making Dacron type hair, which are very elastic and resistant breaking and abrasion.



Remonter   * stop-float: small plastic rig designed for immobilization of the boilie on the hair.  

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