If I am tying my own rigs, using a knotless knot (or anything else for that matter), how do you tie a loop small enough to hold a hair stop? From ready tied rigs that I've seen, it seems almost impossible to tie using your fingers.
It doesn't matter if it's a large loop providing the 'hair' that lies between the bait and the hook is a single strand. And it doesn't matter too much if it's a loop (double strand) all the way from the hook to the stop.
If you want a small loop then tie a big one and then tease it down to a small one with the hair needle. Or buy one of those little gizmos from Gardner that tie small loops:
I suppose, being new to this whole area of hair rigged baits, I am in the dark somewhat as to how the whole thing fits together.
Do I therefore understand that the process, for a standard hair rig say, is as follows:
1. Push your baiting needle through whatever you are using for bait
2. Hook the hairstop loop with the needle and draw back through the bait
3. Repeat this for however many rigged baits you are putting on the hair.
4. Once you've put all these on, you put the stop into the loop.
5. You then slide the hair rigged baits back down the hair till they hit the stop.
Sorry if this is really basic stuff, it's just that I've never used them before and want to get this right.
Cakey, sorry mate, but what's it called, do I have pictures of it and did I use it on the site? I can remember something you sent to me but can't remember anything else. Bloody old age! Just remind me please.
for big bits of meat try using a bayonet on the hair made from doubled and twisted fuse wire, pass it through the meat then bend it into a 'U' shape and push it back in, no need for baiting needles and it is very quick.
I saw this method described in a magazine a few months ago. It works well. Just shove a piece of rig tube through your meat, pass the hair rig through the tube, then put in your stop. The tube needs to be about the same length as the thickness of the lump of meat. It's designed to be cast a reasonable distance, but don't expect too much!