Do you really need to use Rig Tubing?

No rig tubing used to catch this Common Carp

No rig tubing used to catch this Common Carp

Well in my opinion it is a resounding no and I haven’t used it for years.

There are a number of different reasons why I don’t feel the need to use it.

First of all I think that it sticks out like a sore thumb on the lake bed even if you try to break up the outline with marker pen. I have tested this on different lakes in the margins and you can just see it so easily.

I don’t need to use it to avoid tangles as I use PVA Bags, Nuggets and stringers which means I can honestly say I have never wound in a rig that has been tangled around the mainline.

sinkers and tungsten putty

sinkers and tungsten putty

Let’s be honest about this we should be concerned that the first section of mainline from the lead is as near the bottom as possible. I achieve this by using fluorocarbon, sinkers and tungsten putty.

There is an argument that by not using tubing you run the risk of lifting scales. Once again this has never happened to me and I really cannot see how this could happen. However I am not going to say it could not but until I see any evidence that it does I am not going to change my mind.

 

I have used mainline straight through to the lead in weedy lakes and have had no problems at all with abrasion. Yes I used large diameter line but use the right tools for the job for everything and you don’t end up in trouble.

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UPDATE to this posy

Having had a number of conversations on this subject I would like to share this thought with you. If I was using a thin diameter mainline straight through I would then add tubing as a “Just in case”.

Also if the rules of the fishery state you must use tubing then use pens to break up the outline of the tubing.

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All the best

Ian

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