"The hook buried in the bait" ................I remember it well ,the ball of bait were the size of orange`s , jeez how we caught , I don`t know but we did . A great write up Dave , it just shows how easy it is to forget our angling history .:w
It is also a good thread to point out how some anglers over complicate methods, that already work, trying to seek out that ultimate rig.
I should know i have been there when i was seriously in to Carp Fishing (well i thought i was anyway).
Sorry for my late post, but i just went through the article and have something to add:
The Hair rig was first described in a german Angling magazine in the late 1930´ies , along with another method of hooking a piece of potato which was first tied with two strands of line in packet style.
I will rummage through my magazines for the article.