How to tie a helicopter-style Method feeder rig

The method feeder is a deadly technique for catching carp and bream. The groundbait that is moulded around the frame attracts the fish, they nudge the crumbs to try to get to any larger food particles inside and then they find your hook bait - that's when the fish hook themselves against the weight of the feeder and its lead.

There are two different ways to create a method feeder rig. One is to fish it in-line style so that the mainline runs through the feeder and the hooklengths attaches to that. This technique is a good one, but it's not the best. This sort of rig can tangle, so another alternative is the helicopter-style method feeder rig detailed below.

This method feeder rig is widely used by specialist carp and bream anglers, it can be cast very long distances, it's easy to create, it's near fool-proof and it's almost 100 percent tangle-free.

Here's how it's tied...

To set the feeder up helicopter-style, Joe uses a Korda Safe Zone leader

To set the feeder up helicopter-style, Joe uses a Korda Safe Zone leader

Thread the mainline through the feeder, through the eye of the leader and back through the feeder. Pull the mono to thread the feeder onto the leader.

Thread the mainline through the feeder, through the eye of the leader and back through the feeder. Pull the mono to thread the feeder onto the leader.

Slide the feeder down the leader and push the base on to the swivel at the end of the Safe Zone leader

Slide the feeder down the leader and push the base on to the swivel at the end of the Safe Zone leader

Similar to the in-line rig shown above, this semi-fixes the feeder onto the leader.

Similar to the in-line rig shown above, this semi-fixes the feeder onto the leader.

Using a baiting needle, thread on a 6mm bead, followed by a size 8 Korda ring swivel with hooklink attached and then a second 6mm bead

Using a baiting needle, thread on a 6mm bead, followed by a size 8 Korda ring swivel with hooklink attached and then a second 6mm bead

Hook the eye of the leader on to the baiting needle and gently slide the beads and ring swivel on to the Safe Zone leader.

Hook the eye of the leader on to the baiting needle and gently slide the beads and ring swivel on to the Safe Zone leader.

Push the beads and swivel down the leader and position them just above the feeder to form the helicopter link. Tie the end of the mainline onto the loop at the top of the leader and you are ready to fish. Once again, the 6mm bead and swivel will easily pull off the leader if the mainline snaps.

Push the beads and swivel down the leader and position them just above the feeder to form the helicopter link.

Tie the end of the mainline onto the loop at the top of the leader and you are ready to fish.

Once again, the 6mm bead and swivel will easily pull off the leader if the mainline snaps.